Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Nancy Lee Badger, and her recipe for Meat-Filled Scottish Bridies along with an introduction to her Scottish time travel romance, My Dark Highlander (Book #2, Kilted Athletes Through Time series). Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for Scottish Bridies as you read about her new book!
Meat-Filled Scottish Bridies
November 13th is my birthday, so I am happy to visit with y’all. In all my Scottish time travel books (five released, so far) I mention food sold by vendors at the Highland games, which are a sort of festival. Whenever I visit a Scottish-American Highland festival, I head for the meat-filled Bridies. The easiest way to describe them is like an apple turnover, except filled with meat and spices. Yum!
I have never made them myself, but for this blog, I decided to try my hand. I burnt the first batch, so please watch them! Since the next Highland games isn’t until mid-April, I couldn’t wait, and learning to make them myself was pretty easy!
2 Tablespoons butter or lard
1 medium onion, finely chopped or minced
12 to 16 ounce lean beef (my butcher recommended thin London Broil)
1 Tablespoon Mustard Powder (I used Coleman’s)
1/4 cup Beef Stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Flour for the puff pastry
2 sheets-Ready Made Puff Pastry (I grabbed and defrosted Pepperidge farm)
Milk, beaten egg, or cream
*Heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter or lard, then cook the onion about 3 minutes. Flatten/tenderize the meat a few minutes, and mince. I used an electric chopper. Place meat in a medium bowl.
*Add the mustard, salt, pepper, cooked onion, and beef stock over the meat. Mix well.
*Spoon 1/8 of the meat mixture in one corner. After burning the 1st batch, I cook 4 of the 8 at one time, and kept the remaining meat and pastry in the refrigerator.
*Brush edges with beaten egg, milk, or cream. I used Fat free Half ‘n Half. Fold into triangles.
*Tighten crusts using fork tines. Score an ‘X’ in each.
*Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place pastry on it. Do not crowd them.
*Cook 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Check at 30 minutes. If crust is getting dark, cover with a sheet of parchment/vegetable paper.
These pies can be served hot, warm, or cold and try them with HP or other brown sauce.
Makes 8 Scottish Bridies
Stranded in 1603 Scotland, veterinarian Jenny Morgan is eager to get home to New England. Hiding her ability to read auras, a powerful witch comes to her aid. All Jenny will miss is the man who stole her heart, one dark night.
Laird Gavin Sinclair has a missing brother, a murderous father, and a dark-eyed beauty on his mind. When Jenny returns to a dangerous future, he sets aside his obligations and searches for her at the New England Highland Games. Jealousy and lust ravage his dark soul, until he and Jenny fight evil together.
The meat-filled bridies, and roasted hunks of venison smelled heavenly, but too much had happened. Jenny Morgan couldn’t even sip the apple cider, or chance a bite of seasoned cooked carrots.
She shivered, again. Men’s voices grew louder, as they squabbled over who should do what, and what they should do next. Gavin Sinclair glanced at her, and he must have seen the dismay on her face, and how her upper teeth had latched onto her lower lip. When her shoulders tensed, he smiled. She breathed easier, knowing he was near.
Before resuming their discussion of the problem at hand, Gavin gazed intently at her.
“Jenny, do ye have thoughts to share with Marcus and the rest?”
“Aye, I would entertain any idea about where we go from here,” Marcus said. When told a dragon had set fire to his castle, even though quickly extinguished by Gavin, the laird had been less than pleased. Angus Sinclair and his pet disappeared in a wave of water. Dorcas must have included within the stone, the ability to eliminate a danger, by any means possible.
“I believe we have won the battle, but not the war,” Jenny said.
Buy the book:
Print ISBN 13: 978-1502558558
Nancy Lee Badger loves Scottish Bridies, chocolate-chip shortbread, and wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander. Her stories tempt you with the clang of broadswords, the sound of bagpipes in the air, and possibly a dragon or two. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, she moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers.
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