Shropshire Fidget Pies
Fidget Pies are made by filling a small pastry case with a mixture of gammon, onion, potatoes, cider and apple which is topped with cheese and a pastry lid. The traditional Fidget was a favourite lunchtime snack, much like the Cornish Pasty, of farm workers who could easily carry one around in their pocket ready for when they got peckish. There are various explanations for the name Fidget with some believing it was due to the original shape being five sided and others more affectionately believing that it was due to the way the ingredients fidget around in the pastry case when it is baked.
We have recently sold our ten thousandth Fidget Pie making us the most prolific maker in the region. We use gammon from our own rare breed Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, potatoes and apples grown on our Oakly Park Estate, cheddar cheese made by Dudley in our Dairy and even mustard made By Darren, Tess & Pam in our jam and pickle kitchen. However, we have chosen to put a slight twist on the original recipe by replacing the pastry lid with mashed potato.
Managing Director, Sandy Boyd says,
‘We wanted to keep the traditional, local ingredients and cooking methods but create a Fidget that was more visually appealing. Our deli counter already had a range of pies with pastry lids so by adding the mustard mash we gave the Fidgets a pointed top that made them stand out’
All the pies are made by hand meaning our chefs at the Food Centre can celebrate a huge achievement by making so many and bringing back the humble Fidget Pie’s popularity. Earlier this month our Fidget Pie making was featured on the BBC’s Escape to the Country’ when a couple were house hunting in the region and wanted to sample some real Shropshire food.