Pistachio and Cranberry Pork Pie

Treat yourself to the delicious combination of pistachios and cranberries with our delicious pork pie recipe. This savory dish is perfect for anyone who appreciates the delicious flavor of pork and enjoys a hint of nuttiness and a hint of acidity. Our recipe beautifully combines juicy chunks of pork with the crunch of pistachios and the sweetness of cranberries, creating a delicious medley of flavors. Please note that this recipe contains pork and is intended for non-Muslims who want to enjoy the excellence of this exquisite dish. Treat yourself to this delicious creation and enjoy every bite!


  • 300g cranberries
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Juice ½ orange
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 slices smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • few thyme sprigs, only leaves
  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 500g minced pork
  • 75g pistachios
  • some freshly grated nutmeg
  • 450g plain flour
  • 100g lard
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 egg, beaten


More possibilities with cranberries
Fry a good handful of cranberries
with 1 tbsp soft brown sugar and
Simmer a little butter for a few minutes
softened. Stir into a piece of beef or venison
or game stew. Or simmer 200 g cranberries with 140 g
sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and zest and
Juice 1 orange. With a spoonful of vanilla or
Chocolate ice cream.

Preparation steps

  1. Place the cranberries in a pan with the sugar and orange juice. Bring to a simmer and then cook until the berries begin to burst and the sauce thickens. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the oil in a small pan and fry the onion until soft. Add the bacon and garlic and cook until the bacon begins to brown, then stir in the thyme, sage and some spices. Allow to cool slightly and then mix with the pork and pistachios. Season with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Put aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas. 6. Put the flour in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of salt. Put the lard and milk in a saucepan with 150 ml of water and heat until the lard has completely melted. Add to the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until a dough ball forms. Knead briefly on a lightly floured work surface until smooth.
  4. Take two-thirds of the dough and roll it out between two sheets of baking paper into a circle large enough to line the bottom and sides of a 20cm cake tin (about 4-6cm high with a slight overhang). Press the dough into the pan making sure to push it into the corners. Layer half of the filling into the dough and flatten into an even layer. Spread two-thirds of the cranberry sauce on top, then finish with the remaining pork and roughly smooth the top. Store the rest of the cranberry sauce in the refrigerator and serve with the cake.
  5. Roll out the remaining dough between baking paper and cut into a 20 cm circle. Place on the cake and brush the edge with a little beaten egg. Fold over any excess dough and press to seal. Make a steam hole with the tip of a knife and then frost the cake with more beaten egg. Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Continue baking for 40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake and left to stand for 10 seconds is very hot to the touch. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with the reserved cranberry sauce. Stores in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Information

552 29g 10g 55g 11g 3g 22g 0.44g

Equipment and tools

Before you start cooking, get the following equipment and tools:

  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • frying pan
  • baking pan
  • mixing bowl
  • rolling pin
  • Pastry brush

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Pistachios

Please be aware of any allergies you or your guests may have before preparing or consuming this dish.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be enjoyed within 2-3 days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the leftover cake slices on a baking sheet and heat for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Alternatively, you can enjoy the leftovers cold. They make a delicious addition to a packed lunch or picnic.

Health Benefits of Pistachio and Cranberry Pork Pie

The combination of pistachios, cranberries and pork in this delicious cake not only creates a tasty dish but also offers a number of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ingredients and their nutritional properties:


Cranberries are a key ingredient in this pork pie, providing a tangy and refreshing taste. These small berries are full of antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin E. The antioxidants found in cranberries have been linked to promoting heart health, preventing urinary tract infections and supporting a healthy immune system.


Pistachios add a delicious crunch and nutty flavor to the pork pie. These nuts are known for their high nutritional value. They contain healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are known to support heart health. Pistachios are also a great source of protein, fiber and several important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium and magnesium. In addition, their antioxidant content helps reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage.

Minced pork

The ground pork used in this recipe is an important source of protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue and supporting muscle growth and maintenance. Additionally, pork contains several essential nutrients including niacin, vitamin B12, iron and zinc. It’s important to choose lean cuts of pork or lean ground meat to reduce your saturated fat intake.

Other ingredients

The additional ingredients in this pork pie, such as olive oil, onions, garlic, bacon, and herbs, contribute to its overall flavor and texture. Olive oil is a healthy source of monounsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol levels. Onions and garlic are known for their immune-boosting properties, while herbs like thyme and sage provide flavor and also offer potential health benefits.

With a combination of antioxidant-rich cranberries, nutrient-dense pistachios, lean ground pork, and other healthy ingredients, this Pistachio and Cranberry Pork Cake lets you enjoy a delicious dish while reaping the health benefits it offers.

Tips for variation: More options with cranberries

If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy cranberries, here are two additional suggestions:

  1. Fry a good handful of cranberries with 1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar and a little butter for a few minutes until soft. Stir into a beef, venison or venison stew for extra flavor.
  2. Simmer 200 g cranberries with 140 g sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and the zest and juice of an orange. Drizzle this mixture over vanilla or chocolate ice cream for a sweet and tangy treat.

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