7 Recipes to Master This Summer #3: Nigerian Meat Pie

5:23 pm

I took the weekend off, but I'm back! Today I'm going to share one of my fave "small chops" foods, meat pies.  Meat pies are a Nigerian baked good that you will often find at our events and parties.  I've noticed that many cultures have their own versions of meat pies.  When I studied abroad in Chile, I found some of their empanadas to be somewhat similar to the meat pies I am accustomed to.  Though it is a bit time consuming to make, the results are always worth it!


Meat Filling
  • 2-3 small potatoes, diced and cooked (to save time, use frozen hash brown potato cubes)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (or chicken, or turkey)
  • 1 small package frozen mixed vegetables, cooked 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Seasonings: salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, knorr/maggie etc.
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold 
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 4-6 tbsp. ice water
Directions (Pictures shown below)
  1. Filling: Prepare the filling by browning your meat and spices. While it's cooking, stir fry your onions and veggies. Mix it all together. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. 
  2. Once ground beef is cooked, add the diced cooked potatoes and heat for 5 minutes. The main purpose is to absorb excess liquid from the meat mixture, so that you don't end up with soggy meat pies. 

Meat Pie (Cont’d)

  1. Dough: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients and cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork until mixture is crumbly.
  2. While mixing with a wooden spoon, add water a tablespoon at a time until dough holds together in a ball. If the dough is crumbly, add a little more water by drops until the dough stays together when you pinch it. 
  3. When dough comes together into a ball roll out the dough until flat.
  4. Cut out circles. If dough becomes sticky or too soft put in fridge for 10 minutes to cool and then take it out again and continue cutting the circles.
  5. Place meat stuffing in center of pastry circles. Fold over and seal using a fork.
  6. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 35 minutes or until lightly browned

How your filling should look after step 2

Perfection is not required but try not to overfill the meat pie as we did lol



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