Old Time Mincemeat Pie


An old-fashioned mincemeat pie filling made with meat and sour cherries.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
7 days
Total Time:
7 days 1 hrs 25 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • 1 ¼ pounds round steak, cut into small pieces

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and finely diced

  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups dried currants

  • 2 ½ cups raisins

  • ½ pound chopped candied mixed fruit peel

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar sour cherry preserves

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pitted sour cherries, drained with liquid reserved

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine beef and apple cider. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until meat is tender. Remove meat and coarsely chop, then return it to the pot.

  2. Stir in chopped apples, sugar, currants, raisins, citrus peel, butter and cherry preserves. Add ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Let simmer, uncovered, over low heat until mixture is very thick, about 90 minutes. Stir in cherries and remove from heat.

  3. Refrigerate tightly covered for at least a week before using.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Put filling in unbaked pie shell and place pastry on top. Crimp edges and poke several holes in top pastry. Brush top with cream and sprinkle with sugar.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1106 Calories
38g Fat
181g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 1106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 521mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 181g 66%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 82g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 970mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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