Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

March 2015

Kidney and Steak Pie

4 veal kidneys 1 cup raw potatoes, sliced
Water to cover Water to cover
1 recipe biscuit or pastry dough 2 hard cooked eggs, sliced
1/2 pound beef sirloin, diced Salt and pepper


Remove all fiber and excess fat from kidneys. Refrigerate overnight in water. Simmer slowly in the same water until tender. Remove kidneys and reserve stock. Thinly slice kidneys. Line a buttered 1 1/2 – to 2-quart casserole with a thin layer of rolled dough. Arrange kidneys, beef, potatoes, onion and eggs on dough. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Pour reserved stock over all and sprinkle with seasoning. Top with a thinly rolled dough crust and crimp edges to seal. Allow a steam-vent hole in the top. Bake in a preheated hot (450F) oven 15 minutes to brown, then at 350F for 40 minutes. Serves 6.

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This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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