Quick bites: The Dogs surf and turf?

24 Jan

Perfect for a leisurely lunch, the Dogs is a firm favourite. Their delightfully short menu has a new edition: Musselburgh Pie – perhaps one of the original surf and turf recipes?

The Dogs, Edinburgh

The Dogs, Edinburgh

David Ramsden, Owner of the dogs and James Scott, Head Chef came across the recipe in a cookbook in a second hand shop in the City. ‘A Caledonian Feast’ by Annette Hope published in the late 1980s. The Musselburgh Pie recipe involves rolling sliced steak around mussels to create a hearty, filling dish – ideal for the winter months. The recipe came from housewives who sourced mussels from the River Esk in the early 1800s when they were in abundance, as an economical way to bulk out their pies!

David and James have shared the recipe with us – personally I am going to the Dogs to try it first!

Musselburgh Pie

Musselburgh Pie

Musselburgh Pie

Serves 4 – metric equivalents are approximate

1 1/2 lb (750 gr) rump steak, beaten and cut into pieces about 2 x 4 in

2 medium onions, finely chopped

2 tbsp oil

1/2 pint water (250 ml)

salt and pepper

2 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp seasoned flour

3 lb fresh mussels (1.5 kilo mussels)

1 1/2 oz beef suet (40 gr)

1/2 lb puff pastry (250 gr)

Steam mussels, cool, remove from shells

Fry onions in oil till golden

Lay out meat and put 3 mussels and small amount suet in each slice

Season and roll up, dip in seasoned flour

Place in pie dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley

Add onions, cover with water

Cover with foil and cook for 11/2 – 2 hours @180 Celcius

Leave to cool a little then place pastry on top

Cook until golden brown.



The Dogs
110 Hanover Street
0131 220 1208

One Response to “Quick bites: The Dogs surf and turf?”

  1. Danielle Ellis at 6:45 pm #

    Please try again, it seems OK for me http://wp.me/pVZSa-la

    Let me know if it is still bad!

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