Recipe courtesy of Jaclyn Harwell’s Nourishing Holiday: Grain-Free, Gut-Healing Food For Every Celebration. This eCookbook contains 50+ recipes suitable for GAPS, Paleo, or Primal diets.
It’s not too early — especially if you’re on a special diet like GAPS, Paleo, or Primal…
…to start planning your menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
You may even want to start practicing some recipes. 😉
Yes, I did just write that. Please no one be mad at me!
And boy, do I have a treat for you today!
Mincemeat pies are little pies filled with “mincemeat” — a mixture of meat, dried fruit, spices, and some type of vinegar, wine, or (frequently) brandy.
Nowadays, mincemeat pies are more fruit and spices than actual meat. This has led to their being more of a dessert than main dish. Traditionally, however, they came about as a way to preserve meat without salting or smoking. Jaclyn takes us back to the traditional mincemeat pie in this recipe — a nourishing, holiday main dish straight from her family’s table!
Finally, this simple (use your crockpot!) recipe for sweet and savory mincemeat pie has oh-so-nourishing ingredients — such as meat, fruit, healthy fats, and a grain-free crust. It’s absolutely delicious, too!
Jaclyn sent me a review copy of the eCookbook Nourishing Holiday, and I loved it so much that I asked her if I could share a recipe from it. She said yes! That’s why we’ve got this GAPS-approved Mincemeat Pie recipe for you today!
Enjoy the recipe and God bless you!
Makes 8 pies.
- 1 pound skirt steak
- 2 cups peeled, diced apples
- 1 cup organic or fresh-pressed apple juice
- 1 cup dried currants
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup cold beef tallow, cut into small chunks
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Cut the skirt steak into several large pieces.
- Then combine skirt steak, apple, apple juice, dried currants, raisins, beef tallow, garlic, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a crockpot insert or Dutch oven.
- Next, place crockpot on low heat, or turn oven on to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, for 6 hours.
- Turn crockpot or oven off.
- Then transfer steak to a cutting board.
- Set remaining fruit mixture aside.
- Mince the meat by first shredding it with 2 forks, then cutting it into small pieces with a sharp knife.
- Return the meat to the fruit mixture.
- Then stir to combine.
- Place cashews in high-powered blender.
- Next, blend on medium until cashews are dry and crumbly.
- Add lard and eggs.
- Process on medium until a sticky dough forms.
- Then transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add coconut flour.
- Stir to create a drier, more-workable dough.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Then divide dough into 8 equal parts.
- Place 4 on a large sheet of parchment paper.
- Press into circles with the heel of your hand.
- Next, add another piece of parchment paper over the top of the dough circles.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough circle to about a ¼ inch thick.
- Then carefully remove the top piece of parchment paper.
- Scoop about ½ cup mincemeat mixture into the center of each dough circle.
- Using a spatula, gently fold the edges of the circle over until there is a pocket all the way around the mincemeat.
- Next, turn a large cookie sheet upside down, then carefully slide the parchment paper onto the backside of the cookie sheet.
- Repeat with remaining 4 balls of dough and remaining mincemeat.
- Then, using a pastry brush, brush the edges of dough with the leftover juice from the mincemeat mixture.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Finally, cool before serving. Enjoy!
About The Book: Nourishing Holiday
Nourishing Holiday contains 50+ nourishing recipes suitable for GAPS, Paleo, and Primal diets, including:
- Gingerbread Man Cookies (so cute!!!)
- Candied Nuts
- Golden Hot Chocolate
- Carrot Soufflé
- Figgy Pudding
- and more!!!
The recipes are simple and satisfying with easy-to-find ingredients. And wonderful for other special occasions like birthdays, graduations, or feasts. No matter what, anyone on a special GAPS, Paleo, or Primal diet will get to indulge, too!
Jaclyn’s family has been eating these gut-healing recipes for years. When “cheating” on holidays always resulted in painful consequences, she started remaking her family’s favorite recipes instead.
I love that this eCookbook is full of tried-and-true family favorites. Her 4 boys will testify to the delish factor!
So don’t stress about your grain-free holiday menu. Let Jaclyn help you fill the table with nourishing, healing, holiday favorites.
Have you ever had mincemeat pie? Do you adapt your family’s favorite recipes to make them more nourishing? Does your family follow a special diet? Tell me more!
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