I’ve known this meat pie recipe since my food and nutrition class back in grade 9. It’s a very quick and easy recipe that yields a very filling-meal for the average cook or for the anxious cook in the kitchen – like me – that wants a quick meal.

Note: I usually just eat the meat pie on it’s own, or sometimes I’ll eat it with a side dish, which is usually just rice, stir fry or salad.

This recipe makes 2 Meat pies.

Ingredients:

Filling

–       ½ cup of ground beef

–       1/2 cup sliced vegetables (red peppers, green peppers, peas, carrots etc )

–       1 small onion

–       2-3 Tbsps vegetable oil

–       Salt, pepper, curry, and thyme to taste.

Pastry

–       ¾ cups of flour

–       A pinch of salt

–       1/8 cup of vegetable oil / Softened butter

–       Some almonds, spinach and cranberries as seen in the picture

–       1 egg for glaze

–       2-3 Tbsps of cold water

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and thaw the ground beef. Prepare a saucepan or skillet with the 2-3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil, add the onions and let caramelize for 6-7mins on medium low heat. Once caramelized, sprinkle some salt and pepper to onions for taste. Then add in the ground beef into the saucepan/skillet and cook with the onions for 10-15mins until FULLY COOKED. Constantly add salt, pepper, curry and thyme to improve taste. Then add the sliced vegetables to the mix and cook for about 5-7mins. Once everything tastes good and cooked, let sit in the saucepan.

Get a bowl and mix the flour with 1/8 cup of vegetable oil/butter and incorporate (a baking technique) – simply mix the flour and oil/butter together until fully combined (the mixture may appear flaky – this is absolutely normal). Then add in the 2-3 Tbsps of water to the flour and oil/butter mixture and continue to incorporate – A much harder and sticky dough should form. Roll this into a ball and knead into a flat shape. Get the ground beef mixture and with the use of a spoon, put some ground beef mixture on one half of the flat surface (vertically).  Take the other half without the ground beef and cover the half with the ground beef, (just like soft tacos), then simply fold or twist the ends/sides of both together to seal the filling. Finally, place the meat pies on an egg glazed/brushed baking tray and also glaze the meat pies with egg before baking to give it the lustrous shine. The egg glaze not only provides a shiny surface for the meat pie, it also helps seal the filling. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 20-25mins.  Once baked, let cool for 5-10 mins and serve with a side dish or eat as a meal on its own by sprinkling almonds and cranberries with a side of spinach.

Note: This recipe makes 2 Meat pies.