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Most people love a meat pie (unless you’re a vegetarian of course) and they quick and easy to make if you use ready-made pastry.  You can make a large family meat pie or several small ones.

Other pastry meals include quiche and mince pies (don’t just make them at Christmas).

This meat pie recipe uses minced beef and will make 2 large pies, or 6 to 8 small individual ones (allow extra preparation time for small pies).

Unbaked Meat Pies

Preparation time is around 10 minutes for the 2 large pies, so let’s get started:

Meat Pie Recipe – Ingredients

  • Oil for frying (I use olive oil)
  • 1 Onion
  • 500g (approx) minced beef
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons Worcester sauce
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of frozen peas
  • Small tin sliced mushrooms (optional) – drained
  • 2 slices ready-made frozen puff pastry – thawed
  • Spray oil for spraying pie tins
  • Milk to brush on top of pastry

Meat Pie Recipe – Method

  1. Fry onion in the oil until just soft
  2. Add minced beef and brown
  3. Add all other ingredients and bring to the boil
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for around 20 minutes until meat pie mixture thickens
  5. While mixture is simmering, roll out pastry big enough to make two pie bottoms and two pie tops
  6. Oil spray the pie tins and lay pastry bottoms in place
  7. Add meat pie mix then lay on the pastry tops
  8. Seal pastry edges using a fork or your fingers and thumb
  9. Trim the edges and prick centre of pastry with a fork to let out the steam
  10. Brush pastry top with a little milk
  11. Bake for around 20 minutes in a moderately hot oven until pastry is cooked
  12. Serve immediately

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • Serve with jacket potatoes and steamed carrots
  • Serve with mushy peas and gravy – yum 🙂
  • Add some chopped, cooked bacon to the mix
  • Fresh or frozen corn added to the mix works well
  • Add chopped carrots instead of peas – or use both
  • Chopped capsicum (any colour) is also a good addition
  • Add curry powder to the mix for a spicy alternative
  • Of course you can use chunky beef instead of mince – allow to cook on the stove top until nice and tender

Handy Hints

  • Allow second pie to cool and freeze for future use
  • Unbaked pies will also freeze well
  • If you are using a heavy based pie tray you may have to part cook the pastry bottom before adding the pie mix and pastry top
  • Roll the pastry quite thin – makes it crispier and less calories
  • If the pie mix is too runny, combine one or two tablespoon of corn flour with a little water and add to the pie mix
  • For a crunchier top, brush with whisked egg instead of milk, prior to baking
  • If you have the time, decorate the top of the meat pie with left-over pastry, before baking

Thanks for visiting my website.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Jan Littlehales


9 Responses to “Meat Pie Recipe – in Ten Minutes”

  1. lisa Wood says:

    We used to have meat pie at least once or twice a week – especially in winter time! Meat Pie Recipe looks so easy to make, and so tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  2. Belinda says:

    Meat pies are especially delicious in the winter months. Nothing better than a meat pie and sauce while watching the footy.

  3. Thanks Lisa and Belinda,
    Yes, meat pies are delicious in the winter months.
    I was at the footy a couple of weeks ago and there were plenty of meat pies and sauce being eaten. But don’t wait for the footy, have a go at making them at home 🙂

  4. Doctor Bill says:

    Nothing like a homemade meat pie on a cold winters night. As the “Family Chef” must try your recipe.

  5. Thanks for dropping by Doctor Bill – let me know how you get on with my meat pie recipe 🙂

  6. Tegan Hadley says:

    This looks delicious and especially in the Winter months 🙂

  7. Harry Lynn says:

    Hello Lady Jan,
    This is not fair !!!!! It’s 10.10 pm, and reading this has made me hungry ! I am a very careful eater and love all the ” proper foods ” but confess I do love pies about once a fortnight. Your recipe sounds first class, so it will be on my list to cook. Boosted

    Yum Yum

  8. I want to come over to your house, Jan and eat your food!!! Is there anything you CAN’T cook? Move over Master Chef, this is Jan’s Meat Pie Recipe in ten minutes!!! Now, that’s a pressure cooker challenge worthy of an Immunity Pin AND a book deal!

  9. Thanks for comments Tegan, Harry and Lina,
    You made me laugh Lina – I watched some of the recent Master Chef on TV – not a lot happening there in ten minutes 🙂
    Harry – it’s ok to indulge now and again – just roll the pastry thin for a less calorie option. Or, only have pastry on top. If I’m pushed for time I sometimes just bake triangles of the pastry on their own in the oven and serve with a spoonful or two of the filling. Puff pastry works really well like this – give it a try.
    Tegan – will have to have you and Lina around for Meat Pie followed by Chocolate Muffins (just read your comment on my Chocolate Muffin post 🙂 )
    Jan x

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