rag pudding

How to Cook Rag Pudding

Rag pudding is a savory meat stuffed pastry or pie sort of dish that is very similar to steak and kidney pudding.

What is Rag Pudding?

Rag Pudding is a UK meat pudding dish made of minced meat and onions wrapped in a pastry. It is cooked in a muslin cloth or  cheesecloth., which is where the term “rag” comes into play in its name.

See this wiki article on it!

Rag Pudding (aka meat pudding) Recipe

rag pudding

Below is a rag pudding recipe to try for yourself. It is good to simmer the rag pudding for at least 3-4 hours.

If you want to use your instant pot or pressure cooker, you can steam them for about 20-30 minutes, followed by a 20 minute natural release of pressure.

Serve Rag Pudding with mashed potatoes or with some potato soup.

How to Cook Rag Pudding

How to Cook Rag Pudding

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

A rag pudding recipe, a savory meat pasty type of pie.


  • 450 gm ground beef
  • 4 large potatoes, chopped into dices
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 170 gm self-raising flour
  • 120 ml milk
  • 120 ml port
  • 200 gm suet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 beef stock pot gel


  1. Drizzle oil in a large sauté pan and place the ground beef into it.
  2. Sprinkle the chopped onion over it and sauté for 6-7 minutes, stirring often and breaking the clumps with the spatula, until the meat browns nicely and onions soften.
  3. Pour in a bout of port, followed by the stock pot gel and stir them all together along with corn flour until well combined.
  4. Bring them to a simmer and continue to do so for several minutes or until the rag pudding rolls are ready.
  5. Place the flour in a bowl and stir in the suet.
  6. Pour in 6 tbsp water and blend them together into a smooth dough.
  7. Transfer it onto a lightly floured working counter and knead for a minute to make it softer.
  8. Flatten it out, using a floured rolling pin, and slice it into five long strips.
  9. Spoon some of the browned meat mixture along each dough strip and wrap it around the filling.
  10. Cover the pastry rolls with a piece of clean muslin cloth and tie a kitchen twine around it to secure.
  11. Lower them into a large pot with enough water to immerse them completely.
  12. Simmer over slow flame for 3 hours or until the rag pudding is properly cooked.
  13. Meanwhile, plop the potatoes into another pot of boiling water and cook until they are fork-tender.
  14. Drain them out into a bowl and add butter, milk as well as salt and pepper into it.
  15. Mash them together, stirring the mixture at the same time, until they form a smooth mass and set aside.
  16. Remove the cloth from the puddings and arrange one on each serving plate.
  17. Serve hot alongside a splodge of mashed potatoes by the side.

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Last Updated on April 21, 2023 by Carleen

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