Squirrel Pie

8 February, 2009

I have invented Squirrel Pie! This is like Shepherds Pie or Cottage Pie* but with a nut-roast-derived filling.

WARNING: contains Marmite.


  • 3 large potatoes
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 225g mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread made into breadcrumbs
  • oil
  • milk
  • butter
  • 2 (or more) teaspoons Marmite
  • mixed herbs
  • green OXO cube
  • salt and pepper
  • ground nutmeg
  • sesame seeds


Peel, chop and boil the potatoes.

Meanwhile, cook the onion and garlic in oil in a big pan until soft. Add the celery and carrots and cook, then add the nuts, herbs, OXO cube, Marmite, bread and water and mix well. Cook gently for a few minutes.

When the potatoes are soft, drain and mash with a little butter, milk, ground nutmeg and seasoning.

Press the filling into a greased pie dish. Top with the mash, fluff up the top with a fork and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 180ºC for 30 minutes. Serves 4. Or one person four times, of course…

Mmm pie.

*Shepherds are to lamb as squirrels are to nuts. Not sure how the cottages fit in, mind…



  1. nutty!

    Fishermans Pie – fish… still not sure how cows and cottages work

  2. On reflection, perhaps the name should be Squirrels Pie. But that is much harder to say with a Gloucestershire accent (skwrrrlzpie?) and has less potential for amusing confusion…

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