For years, the fact that mincemeat doesn’t actually contain meat has confused Americans making mince pies.
Admittedly, there must be a better name for this mix of raisins, currants and Christmas spices than mincemeat. How about ‘Christmas dried fruit’? Or even just ‘Festive fruits’?
Anyway, another American has got in a pickle. Food website, The Spruce Eats, posted a recipe for a Mincemeat And Apple Tart. Sounds nice, right? Well maybe not how these guys did it.
Instead of 255g mincemeat, the team got a load of minced beef instead. They even went as far as actually cooking the tart, photographing it, and publishing it before they realised their meaty mistake.
It was only when Luke Bailey tweeted about it that The Spruce Eats – plus the rest of the world – figured out what it had done.
Along with screengrabs of the tart, Luke wrote: “Utterly obsessed with this American site that has confused mince with mincemeat, and created this abomination.”
utterly obsessed with this american site that has confused mince with mincemeat, and created this abomination pic.twitter.com/Y31NqYGYrV— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) December 9, 2019
Now, I personally think “abomination” is a little unfair. Is it weird that I think I’d take a slice of that tasty, meaty, fruity pie? I mean, people have been having fruit-based chutneys with meat for years.
But apparently, I’m one of very few people to think that, as most of Twitter is appalled by the idea of mince and apples together; with some even going as far as to compare it to Rachel Green’s Thanksgiving trifle, which had a layer of beef sautéed with peas and onions.
The website has now altered its recipe to include the correct ingredients. And there’s even a new title for the tart: Mincemeat and Apple Tart - Now Meat Free.
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