Recipe: Pastai Gocos (Cockle Pie)

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Cockles are in abundance on the Gower coast of Wales and this is just one of the many variations on Cockle pie from that area


  • 1 quart cockles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch Spring onions
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • pinch of pepper
  • short-crust pastry
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Leave cockles in slightly salted water sprinkled with oatmeal overnight
    2. Drain and scrub thoroughly
    3. Place in a saucepan of salted water for 3 minutes until the shells open
    4. When cool remove cockles from their shells
    5. Line the sides of a pie dish with shortcrust pastry
    6. Cover the bottom of the dish with cockles
    7. Chop up the onions and sprinkle over the cockles
    8. Add a layer of finely chopped bacon
    9. Repeat, ending with a layer of cockles
    10. Pour in the liquid in which the cockles were boiled
    11. Add pepper to taste
    12. Use strips of pastry to criss-cross the top and brush with milk
    13. Cook for 20-25 minutes in oven at gas mark 7, 425F

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