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History Cookbook: Woolton Pie - Recipe 2 (With potato topping)

This recipe is in categories World War 2, Main courses
About this recipe
Healthiness : (226 votes)
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serving suggestions: Serve hot with gravy.
This is a vegetarian recipe

This recipe became one of the most famous in the war. Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, promoted it as a healthy meal choice. Alas though, it never really took off with the British public. Even with rationing and meagre portions, most people felt it was a step too far. The recipe became a wartime joke, rhymes were even made up about it.
  • 450g (1lb) each of: diced potatoes, cauliflower, swedes and carrots
  • 3 or 4 spring onions
  • 5ml (1tsp) vegetable extract
  • 5ml (1tsp) oatmeal
  • a little chopped parsley
  • 225g (½ lb) cooked, sliced potatoes
  • Weighing scales
  • Teaspoon
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Saucepan
  • Pie dish
Making and cooking it
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  1. Place the diced vegetables, spring onions, vegetable extract and oatmeal into a saucepan
  2. Add just enough water to cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Allow to cool
  4. Put the mixture into a pie dish and sprinkle with parsley
  5. Cover with a crust of potatoes
  6. Bake in a moderate oven until the topping is nicely brown
Related files
Microsoft Word document woolton_pie.doc Woolton Pie Word Document

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Name: Jeff 6th February 2019
Name: Amy 20th March 2018
I am Year 8 and doing a project on Rationing in history, and I will probably use this recipe. We made Woolton Pie at primary, but I am pretty sure the recipe we did then had a sort of cake on top, made with potatoes and flour, it was DISGUSTING and tasted like school pudding so this looks much much better!
Name: Eddy Dumoulin 12th July 2017
Most important: do NOT peel the potatoes "as the very sight of peelings, deeply hurts Lord Woolton's feelings!"
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