Friday, December 18, 2009

Meat Pie: A History


I want to share a positively pleasant pie piece from the Chicago Reader's Cliff Doerksen, in which he explores the history of the weirdest American pie: the mince meat. My father eats this pie on Thanksgiving, although it is a vegetarian version out of a can, which my mother opens while pinching her nose. She has always told me, "Don't worry, honey, there is no meat in a mince meat pie." The statement always struck me as both bizarre and reassuring as my father shoveled in forkfuls of opaque brown with flecks of red texture (figs, not tendons, I realize now). Turns out, mince meat used to be made of meat, and it looks pretty gross.

7 comments:

emily said...

my dad likes that and my mama likes that too. can we get a pic?

emily said...

i mean mama makes.

emily said...

there we go!

heather said...

As per your request, I added a picture I cribbed from someone else's blog for the full visual experience. I can't tell if this one is meat or veg, which speaks to my very point: mincemeat pie is kinda groddy.

emily said...

come on i think you owe us more investigative reporting than that TRY ITTTTTTTT!!!

heather said...

I'll try it if you make it for me! I'm not rendering lard!

emily said...

Oh man, I think that's against my veg. rules. Try Abra.