Aussie Meat Pies by Jillian Rae Cooks
PREP 55M | BAKE 1HR | ENJOY IN 1HR 45M
These hand-sized meat pies from Australia and New Zealand is well known as a takeaway food snack, but they are just as delicious when you make them at home. Jillian Rae Cooks recreated this iconic Aussie dish with homegrown Canadian ingredients.
Ingredients - Puff Pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp fine salt
1 ¼ cup cold, European-style unsalted butter*
2/3 cup ice water
Ingredients - Crumb:
500g lean ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water, divided
2 cubes beef stock
¼ cup ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3/4 cup grated, old white cheddar cheese
2 tsp green peppercorns in brine, drained**
1 egg, whisked
*European style butter has a higher fat content so it has a nicer flavour than standard butter but, in a pinch, use any type of unsalted butter
**I found these in a small glass jar in the spice aisle.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Cut the butter into chunks, and add it to the flour. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. There shouldn’t be any butter chunks bigger than the size of a pea.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the ice-cold water in, mixing it in with a fork or a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. The mixture may seem a little dry at this point, but do not add more water.
- Lightly flour a clean worksurface and a rolling pin, and turn out the dough onto the work surface, forming it into 2 rough squares. Roll each square into a rectangle, around 25 cm/10 inches long. Fold the bottom third of each rectangle upward, and top third of the dough downward (as if you were folding up a letter). Rotate the dough 90 degrees, roll and repeat the same folding motion. Repeat this motion 6 times with each piece of dough.
- Wrap both discs of dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
- While the dough chills, make the filling.
- In a large sauté pan with a lid, cook the onion and the beef over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat into pieces as it cooks. Once the beef is browned, add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add in ¾ of a cup of water, the beef stock cubes, ketchup and Worcestershire. Bring to a light boil (medium-low to medium heat should suffice), cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup of water with the flour until smooth. Add to the meat mixture along with the green peppercorns and the grated cheese. Stir until fully combined, remove from heat and let cool.
- Preheat the oven to 425F & grease four (4.5-inch) pie tins.
- Lightly flour a clean work surface and rolling pin and take the chilled dough from the fridge. Roll each disc into a 16-inch square, and then cut that into four 8-inch squares. You should have 8 pieces total.
- Line each pie tin with a piece of puff pastry, pressing it in, then fill each pie with the now cooled filling. Brush the exposed edges of the pie crusts with the whisked egg, then place the remaining 4 pieces of dough over top of each. Press the edges down to seal with a fork and trim away the excess dough. Brush the top of the pies with remaining egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes have passed, reduce the heat to 350F and continue to cook for another 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve hot!