Mrs. Mann was my mother's brother's wife's mother. She grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and years later lived in Massachusetts. I only have a faint memory of Mrs. Mann from my early childhood. I know we used to visit her sometimes. I'm not sure why we didn't call her Aunty or Grandma. I remember being instructed to call her Mrs. Mann so that's what I did. I didn't learn of this recipe until about 10 years ago. My mother started making it, and like her potatoes au gratin, it became food we would fight over. I finally asked her where she got the recipe and she said, "Oh, this is Mrs. Mann's Steak & Sausage Pie recipe."
Rediscovered Family Recipes Hold A Special Place in My Heart
There is a faded, crinkly piece of paper that my mom found with a bunch of old recipes. It was Mrs. Mann's Steak & Sausage Pie. We still have the piece of paper which is wearing out and certainly seen better days. But I love thinking about how old that piece of paper is. I love seeing Mrs. Mann's handwriting and thinking of what was going on in her mind as she wrote down the recipe. I love wondering, how did we end up in possession of it? My mom can't remember except to say she must've asked Mrs. Mann for it during one of our visits and she wrote it down for us.
When my mom makes it, she always makes two. One for me and one for my sister. My mom doesn't have two baking dishes the same size, so I always sway her to give the bigger one to me. It's a fun family gag and we always get a laugh out of it. I love food that has this kind of effect on the family. There's a buzz, an energy when it gets made. We fight over it, lovingly, but we fight over it.
The Steak & Sausage Pie Recipe that Traveled from Glasgow to Massachusetts
As I started thinking about this recipe for my website, I wondered if there was a story behind it. Mrs. Mann was from Glasgow, Scotland and spoke with an accent. Was this an old Scottish family recipe? Was it only made on special occasions? Did my aunt and her siblings fight over it like we do?
I called my aunt and asked her to tell me anything she could remember about her mom's steak & sausage pie. Turns out, it was my aunt's grandmother who passed the recipe to her daughter, Mrs. Mann. This is a precious Scottish recipe that has been passed down through the generations. It was, as I suspected, a special occasion pie. Steak was expensive and most average families couldn't afford it on a regular basis. It was a treat for my aunt and her siblings. The pie was prepared on holidays, birthdays, or when the kids would beg for it to be made.
Passing down family recipes is such an important way to honor family cultures and traditions. It's one of the ways we celebrate and remember how special food can be. I love food with a story behind it and I especially love old family recipes that get passed down through generations. This steak & sausage pie is a true gourmet. It only has a few ingredients and packs a punch of incredible flavor. I highly recommend you give this one a try.Print