Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas

“The U.S. and Great Britain are 2 countries separated by a common language.”

The comment is widely attributed to George Bernard Shaw and there are at least 4 variations on the phrase.

There are other common things that separate as well.

Yorkshire pudding is one.

The first time I made Yorkshire pudding was in the U.S. I followed the recipe in Bon Appétit magazine which, of course, claimed to be absolutely authentic.

I had a standing rib roast in the oven (4 rib). At the correct time I carefully skimmed off the required amount of fat and ‘jus’ which I put into my large, square, hot pan. I poured the batter over and baked immediately. When it was done, and the roast carved, I cut the Yorkshire pudding into squares and served. Timing was critical, as they both needed to be piping hot.

The first time I saw a British cook make ‘Yorkshire puds’ they were, essentially, popovers.

Well, they were flat popovers….. They were made in muffin tins, they barely rose above the pan, and there was no beef roast in sight.

I was told that they would just be ‘popped in the freezer’ and thawed for ‘Sunday lunch’.

Not reheated, just thawed.

From what I have learned over the years of living here, most, if not all, British cooks make them the same way. In England one can actually by them at the supermarket – individual Yorkshire puds.

I’m telling you all this so you don’t get in a snit about my Yorkshire Pudding Pie…..

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Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas

This is an easy main course using the pantry.  A few minutes prep is all that’s needed, before it’s assembled and baked.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: One Dish Dinners

Ingredients

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  • 6oz (180gr) ham, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup peas, frozen, no sauce
  • 4oz (125gr) pimento or roasted red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tsp olive oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, ham and sauté until onion is tender.
  • Add peas and heat through.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In medium bowl lightly beat eggs with wire whisk.
  • Add milk, flour, salt and nutmeg.
  • Whisk lightly to just combine; a few lumps are okay – over-beating is not.
  • Put remaining 2 tsp olive oil in 10-inch glass baking dish and run it around to coat the bottom. Pour in the batter mixture.
  • Spoon ham and peas onto the batter to within 1 inch of sides of dish.
  • Sprinkle with basil.
  • Lay the pimento strips across the top and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake at 425F (215C) for 30 minutes or until edges puff up and are golden brown.
  • Remove and let rest a minute or 2.
  • Cut into wedges and serve.

Notes

This uses a simple popover batter. Whisk lightly and use immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 761
  • Sugar: 14.8 g
  • Sodium: 1849 mg
  • Fat: 30.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 73.4 g
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 46.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 261.6 mg

Keywords: popover pie, yorkshire pudding pie, ham pie

Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas

As long as I’m, uh, explaining different cooking styles, let me spare a phrase on popover batter.

Yorkshire pudding and popovers are, basically, the same batter: eggs, flour, and milk.

I have seen bloggers and chefs claim that making popovers is hard, challenging, fraught with errors and failures.

Should one use a blender to mix? A stand mixer? How long should you let the batter rest? 5 minutes? Overnight?

I’ve been making popovers since I was tall enough to reach the counter. I have never had them fail. They are always tall, light, and airy.

My secret?

They need very little mixing / whisking. Do it lightly and quickly. There should be lumps left in the batter. If it’s smooth and lump free you have mixed too much. Pour the batter into a muffin pan immediately and put into a hot oven quickly.

To summarize: Whisk lightly; bake immediately.

There you have it. No-fail popovers.

or Yorkshire pudding.

10 thoughts on “Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas”

  1. You make your popovers/Yorkshire puddings the same way my grandmother did. Whisk lightly and as quickly as possible. Pour, pour, pour, grab the pan and into the oven it goes! Hers were always wonderful. I’m betting yours are too. Didn’t we just or I just mention Yorkshire puddings a few blog posts ago? 😉 I think your recipe here looks really tasty! I’ll be using this one. I’m making green bean soup this weekend. That will be the last of my new year ham. It’s going to be a high of 10 so the soup will be welcomed.

    • This is kind of magical the way the crust puffs up around the filling – I do it with lots of different stuff, but this is my favorite. Our ham is gone – and there was no bone…. Sigh
      Cold here, too. Making up for last winter when it didn’t get below freezing. Today it hasn’t gotten above freezing.

  2. My Grandmother (English) taught my mother (South African) who in turn taught me, how to make Yorkshire Pud. In turn my daughter makes a good one. I can’t say I taught her because she had moved to the UK before she started cooking but she remembered watching and helping me. A proper Yorkshire pudding has to rise whether it is made in one dish or muffin tins otherwise it is too stodgy. The English also have another dish, Toad in the Hole, made with the same batter and sausages. If I had any,I added left over peas and carrots to it. I don’t think I have made Yorkshire pudding since the children left home years ago but I like the idea of your pie.

    • I’ve never tried Toad in the Hole…. maybe, some day lol. But I make popovers a lot. It’s the similar to the batter in a French clafoutis – but without the sugar and butter. I haven’t made a proper Yorkshire pud here – because I can’t get a good beef joint to roast lol

  3. I grew up with my mother always making Yorkshire pud….a big one, not individuals…and from scratch, no thawing. It was all a bit fraught getting it hot and puffy to the table with the roast but was delicious

    • Is it? I have no idea what toad in the hole is lol. Must google…. I love English / British names for food – funny, but not really, um, appetizing. I’m sure there are just as many weird names in the U.S.

  4. I DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE AND PLEASE SIGN ME AS Dabcan rather than my real name.
    I make Yorkshire pudding exactly the same way you did it the first time and I make it several times every year because it is one of my Bolivian husband’s favorite dishes. But like you, I have tried several experiments with additions to the pudding that serve more or less as a casserole and I serve it as a stand-alone not a pudding accompaniment to a roast– but I still chill the batter, put a little beef dripping in the pan and cook like Yorkshire pudding. I hope a lot of your readers take up your hint here because it makes a quick and easy dinner that tastes really good!

    • I shall try to fix your name….
      A favorite of your Bolivian husband? Good – and easy, recipes seem to travel well.
      Thank you for your kind words. Like you I have added lots of different things, I’ve even made one to look like pizza!

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