Meat Pie: This dish is popular in the Nigeria and West Africa. Considered a snack by most, this pastry come in many flavors. As such we have brands like meat pie (with meat), chicken pie (with chicken), fish pie (with fish) etc. One thing remains the same though; other than the type of meat used, the rest of the ingredients used in preparation pretty much stay the same across the board. It is usually served at social occasions like parties. Also, some people consider them a main dish but most see them as an appetizer.
Type: Pastry, Snack.
Ingredients: Here is what you need:
- All Purpose Flour (4 Cups)
- Butter or Margarine (3/4 of a stick or 3 – 4 Oz)
- Eggs (2 – 3 eggs, optional)
- Salt (1/2 – 1 tablespoon)
- Cold or cool water (3/4 cup)
- Meat (2lbs, I used minced beef)
- Seasoning Cubes (to taste but1 bullion should be enough)
- Potato (3 – 4 preferably non sweet small to medium sized potatoes e.g. Irish potato)
- Curry (to taste, optional)
- Pepper (to taste)
- Salt (to taste)
- Any other spice you may like to add (to taste, optional)
It is usually better to start with the filling first before you work on the dough. So on to the filling…
- Put the minced meat in a pot on medium heat over the stove, at first just add the seasoning cube(s) and salt to taste.
- Wash the potatoes, peel off the skin and dice into little cubes less than less than 1/2 inch in length.
- Next, put some water into a pot and leave to boil. Then add the diced potatoes and a little salt to taste.
- The potatoes should be fully cooked in under 15 minutes because of their sizes. Drain the potatoes and add the cooked minced meat.
- Now add the other ingredients like pepper, curry and any other spices you choose to use.
- NOTE: While cooking the minced meat there may be a lot of oil produced, by adding the potatoes, a lot of the oil will be absorbed by the potatoes.
- NOTE: The potatoes may start to have a texture like mashed potatoes. While there is nothing wrong with this, try to still have some whole potato chunks in the mix. You can do this by splitting the cooked diced potatoes into two parts, mix the first part with the cooked minced meat thoroughly and add the second part later (mixing just slightly).
Now for the dough…
- Into a bowl add the flour and salt and mix thoroughly.
- Next add the butter or margarine. Mix well until butter blends into flour mix.
- Next take one of the eggs and and separate the egg white from the egg yoke. Keep the egg white aside for now. (NOTE: The egg white is used to give the meatpie a shiny gloss finish – i.e. aesthetic reason. So don’t worry about this step and the next step if you are not using eggs)
- Add the other eggs to the one yoke, beat and add to flour mixture.
- Finally, add the cold water gently and slowly, then mold until you get a thick mixture (see image below).
All together now…
- Break off a small piece of the dough and flatten with a rolling pin (see image below).
- Add the filling and then seal up the whole by folding one end of the rolled out dough against the opposite end (see image below).
- You can use a fork to seal off the edges (see image below).
- This is just a beauty thing but you can also use a fork to poke holes onto the top of the pie. The idea is not to make an incision that goes all the way through the top dough because the filling may try to get out during baking and mess up the beauty of the final product (see image below).
- Repeat above 4 processes until either dough or filling is expended.
- Now use the egg white and a brush to glaze the top of the meat pies.
- We are now ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Put meat pies in oven and allow to bake from 12 to 20 minutes (watching for brownness).
- Once done, take out of oven and allow to cool.
Thats it. Serve with some kind of refreshing drink.