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This recipe for Parsley Liquor came from The Geat British Kitchen web site (which is no longer available) and was reproduced with the permission of The British Food Trust which ran the site.

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Have you seen the article "Pie, Mash and Liquor . . . the posh version". We think the liquor is very close to the original recipe <click here>

This is a recipe for the famous green gravy that is served with the East End (London, UK) speciality of Pie, Mash and Liquor.

Ingredients Parsley Liquor

25g Butter (1 oz)
25g Plain flour (1 oz)
300ml Water (10 fl oz)
4 tbsp Chopped fresh parsley (either flat leaf or curly)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp Malt vinegar, optional

How to make Parsley Liquor

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually add the water or stock. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Add the parsley and seasoning and vinegar if using.


You can use chicken stock to make your Parsley Liquor in place of the water

Serves 4

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