Beef Meat Pie Recipe
First off would like to wish everyone in the US a Happy fourth of July. Hopefully you are all having the time of your lives with friends and family.
One of my favorite foods I remember from growing up in Zimbabwe are meat pies. This was a lunchtime staple especially for people that are on the go. No mess kinda food. Some people consider it a snack but I think it works well for a light lunch added with some salad or soup. It has the meat, the vegetables and the carbs. What more could you want from a wholesome meal. Every once in a while I get nostalgic and make a bunch of these pies so we can snack/lunch on them over the weekend. My daughter who is 21 months loves them which make the effort to make them all worthwhile.
Here in the USA I haven’t seen them been sold anywhere and I think consumers are missing out on this delicious staple. The closest things I have seen here that taste like beef steak pies are Beef empanadas and beef pot pies. The meat pies are definitely tastier. Here is a recipe of how to make the Zimbabwean style meat pies: (I don’t make the dough from scratch, I use the pastry dough from Pepperidge Farm which works out very well). If you would like to see a recipe for these with how to make the dough you can look at this.
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter cubed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1lb sirloin steak cut into tiny cubes or ground beef
- 3 carrots cubed
- 1 green red or orange bell peppers
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 potato cubed
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika to taste
- Pepperidge Farm pastry sheets
- Mix the meat, the vegetables and add pepper, paprika and salt until the meat and potatoes are well cooked.
- Mix the water with flour and pour into the cooking ingredients.
- Lightly flour a flat surface and your rolling pin. Roll out your pastry sheet starting from the centre, turning it around. Roll it out to about a quarter inch thick.
- Use a round pastry cutter to make the circle and place the filling on one size to allow to fold over.
- Moisten the edges with water and fold over. You can use a fork to press the edges.
- Place the pies on a lined baking sheet to make for easy cleaning.
- Brush the pies with eggs or milk and bake for 45 minutes.