Steak and kidney pie

Shepherd's pie Cut of beef Steak and kidney pudding
Steak and kidney pie
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A steak and kidney pie, as served in a pub
TypeSavoury pie
Place of originBritain
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredients

Steak and kidney pie is a savoury pie that is filled principally with a mixture of diced beef, diced kidney (often of beef, lamb, or pork), fried onion, and brown gravy. Steak and kidney pie is a representative dish of British cuisine.


The gravy typically consists of salted beef broth flavoured with Worcestershire sauce and black pepper, and thickened with refined flour, beurre manié, or corn starch. The gravy may also contain ale or stout. Hot water crust pastry, puff pastry, and shortcrust pastry are among the pastry crusts prepared for steak and kidney pie.

Popular culture

Among the various vernacular rhyming slang names for steak and kidney pie are Kate and Sidney pie, snake and kiddy pie, and snake and pygmy pie.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ - steak-kidney-pie Archived 2006-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Brophy, John and Eric Partridge. The Long Trail: Soldiers' Songs and Slang, 1914–18, revised edition. Sphere, 1969. ISBN 0-7221-1885-6.