Mini Meat Pies

Feeling patriotic while my crew recently watched the Aussies smash NZ in the World Cup Cricket final (sorry Kiwis, I really do love you), I set out to make some good ol’ Aussie Meat Pies.

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With my ‘planning ahead’ hat on, I thought about all the ways we could get more than just a meal out of them that day. I didn’t really have to think that hard either! Because of their size, they are perfectly suited for the kids’ school lunchboxes. And because they’re ready to go, they save oodles of time in the morning helter skelter. Or, you could simply heat up some of your stash for a quick heat-it-up-dinner with a scrummy salad for the kids if you’ve made plans to be out with friends (as I did that week!).

After a long Sunday of work, chores and cooking, I was incredibly grateful when the kids eagerly jumped up to take over the cutting of the pastry rounds, scooping the meat into the pastry, glazing with the egg wash, and sprinkling with sesame seeds. I was even more relieved when they gave the finished product the double thumbs up! (I’m always a nervous wreck waiting for their ratings!)

Because the pies are so little, they are a little time consuming to make, so I highly recommend making them as a school holiday activity and getting the kids involved in helping out. There are so many benefits to getting the kids in the kitchen, and it’s such a lovely way to connect with them too. You could also just make them into the bigger sized pies for a heartier meal or I’ve been known just to pop some pastry into a dish, fill it up with the meat mixture, top it with pastry and shove it in the oven!

Meat Pies with bite

 

Mini Meat Pies
Yields 20
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Ingredients
  1. 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  4. 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  5. 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
  6. 5 mushrooms, finely chopped
  7. 400gms beef mince
  8. 1 teaspoon oregano
  9. 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  10. 1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
  11. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  12. 2 tablespoons tamari
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  14. 1 cup beef stock
  15. 1 tablespoon spelt flour
  16. 3 - 4 sheets butter puff pastry
  17. 1 egg
  18. splash of milk
  19. Sesame or poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Gently cook onions in the butter in a large frying pan. Add garlic after a couple minutes and saute for a minute.
  2. Add the carrots and continue to cook until soft, then add zucchini and mushrooms and cook for a further couple of minutes.
  3. Add the beef and cook until it is well browned, then add the oregano, cayenne pepper and curry powder and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Stir through tomato paste, tamari, salt and pepper and then add the beef stock and simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Add the spelt flour, mixing well, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  7. Grease 2 x 12 hole muffin tins.
  8. Whisk together the egg and splash of milk.
  9. Using a cookie cutter or empty glass jar, and while the pastry is still cold but malleable, cut out circles to fit into the muffin holes and for lids (noting I stretched out the pastry circles a little further with my hands for the bottom of the muffin holes).
  10. Spoon in approximately two tablespoons of mince mixture into each hole (be careful not to overfill) then top with the lid and press sides down gently to seal the pie.
  11. Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
  12. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.
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Here’s my boy having fun helping out while my daughter continued cutting out rounds…then they swapped roles for the second batch.

Meat pie orli

Do you have any plans to cook with your kids these school holidays? What are you going to make? Check out the recipes on my blog for some easy and fun dishes you can create!

Enjoy!

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