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.
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!
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
- 5 mushrooms, finely chopped
- 400gms beef mince
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 tablespoon spelt flour
- 3 - 4 sheets butter puff pastry
- 1 egg
- splash of milk
- Sesame or poppy seeds
- Gently cook onions in the butter in a large frying pan. Add garlic after a couple minutes and saute for a minute.
- Add the carrots and continue to cook until soft, then add zucchini and mushrooms and cook for a further couple of minutes.
- Add the beef and cook until it is well browned, then add the oregano, cayenne pepper and curry powder and saute for 1 minute.
- Stir through tomato paste, tamari, salt and pepper and then add the beef stock and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add the spelt flour, mixing well, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Grease 2 x 12 hole muffin tins.
- Whisk together the egg and splash of milk.
- 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).
- 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.
- Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.
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!