by Roger Findlay

Tasmanian scallop pies have to be one of the best pies around.  Whenever I’m in Hobart I can’t walk past the Harbour Lights Café without calling in for a pie.  Even back here in Gerogery West I can visualise peeling back the paper bag to reveal a piping hot square of pastry and the contents within… steaming molluscs from the ocean beds of the east coast of Tasmania.

Scallop Pies - Tasmanian Specialty
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Scallop pies are a specialty in Tasmania

Did the scallop pie originate in Tasmania?  We will never know.  But what we do know is that the pie is also a favourite of the Irish.  The scallops aren’t always encased in pastry either.  They are sometimes served like a shepherds pie where potato is used as the topping.


 

With Saint Patricks Day fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to include a recipe of the Irish Scallop Pie.  Washed down with a pint of Dublin Guinness (or two to be sure, to be sure) I can think of nothing better.

Scallop Pies - Irish Guinness
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Perfect with scallop pies, a glass of Irish Guinness

Scallop Pies Irish Style

  • 8 large scallops
  • 300ml milk
  • salt & pepper
  • butter or margarine
  • flour
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • medium sweet white wine or sherry
  • 500g mashed potatoes (pre-prepared)

Cut scallops in half and simmer in milk for 15 minutes.  Strain and save liquid.  Heat a knob of butter and stir in a tablespoon of flour.  Stir for 1 minute.  Gradually add saved milk, stirring to avoid lumps.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add sliced mushrooms and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add half a cup of sweet wine or sherry and the scallops.


 

Once hot, transfer into an oven- proof dish.  Cover the contents with the mashed potato ensuring that the edges are sealed.  Prick with a fork.  Dot butter over the surface and bake at 175C in a pre-heated oven for 20–30 minutes or until the top is turning brown.

Would You Like Guinness With Those Scallop Pies?

Allow to cool slightly before serving with a freshly poured pint of Dublin Guinness.  If you’re not much of a cook, I would recommend you order some Tasmanian scallop pies from the Ross General Store (Bakery & Tea Rooms).  Failing that, just buy the Guinness but make sure it’s from Dublin and not the sweet version that’s brewed under licence here in Oz.

Scallop Pies - Ross Bakery
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Scallop pies can be ordered online from the Ross Bakery

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