Meat Pies – Original Recipe and Mandy’s Version :)

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Ok, so I wanted to try a new recipe from the Amish Cooking cookbook for dinner last night. I scoured the book and came across “Meat Pies”. It looked intriguing and yummy, so I decided to try it. I’ll list the original recipe first and then how I actually made them, as my version is slightly different. 🙂

ORIGINAL RECIPE

Grind 3 or 4 cups of cooked meat. Add hard-boiled eggs and chopped onions, and salt and pepper to taste. A desired sauce may be added to moisten the meat, such as salad dressing, ketchup or mayonnaise.

Dough:

1 cup milk                                          2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder                       2 tbsp lard

1 tsp salt                                            2 cups flour

Mix dough lightly. Roll out and cut in squares. Put meat on and fold over, and press down. Deep fat fry.

*The Amish Cooking cookbook has hundreds (maybe thousands? I haven’t counted and don’t plan on it..) of recipes and no names were listed as to whom to give credit to for the actual individual recipes. Therefore, I can not give credit to the proper person for these yummy, definitely-making-again meat pies.

OK – now on to MY VERSION! 🙂

There are several reasons I made a different version – for one, I don’t deep fat fry ANYTHING. I don’t like working with grease. It looks gross to me and I don’t like grease splattering everywhere and possibly on me, burning me. No thanks. Plus, it’s super unhealthy (let’s not discuss how often I get french fries and chicken tenders when we’re out to eat – SHUSH!). I also played around with the dough, because 2 cups was NOWHERE near enough flour. My “dough” was more the consistency of pancake batter – very runny. So I did what I always do – called my mom, had her look at the recipe (she has the Amish Cooking cookbook, she gave me mine!), and she confirmed the recipe was way off. I also messed with the meat inside of the meat pies. BUT, the general idea of the meat pies is the same and I’ll say this much – my husband was in love with them! I also took some down to our neighbors and they loved them as well! So here you go;

MANDY’S VERSION OF MEAT PIES

Brown meat of your choice (I used up 3 frozen ground turkey burger patties, 1/4 lb each), adding chopped onions and minced garlic. Season to taste. Once meat is browned, add eggs (I did 2 for the amount of meat I had in the pan), to the pan and scramble them with the meat mixture. Place meat off to the side to cool (I actually made my meat mixture earlier in the day, when I had some free time so that I wouldn’t have to devote too big a block of time to actually making dinner – I do this a lot :)).

Dough:

1 cup milk                                               2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder                            2 tbsp room temperature butter

1 tsp salt

3 – 3 1/2 cups flour (you’ll want to be able to roll the dough out, but remember that the flour on the countertop will also add to the dough’s consistency)

Mix dough lightly. Roll out and cut into squares. Take sauce of your choice (I used barbecue sauce) and brush over each square. If desired, sprinkle cheese of choice on top of sauce. Place meat mixture on one side of square, fold over and press down. Cook in oven, at 450 degrees, for approximately 15-20 minutes.

  • This dough made about 10 meat pies.
  • I had enough meat left over to turn around and make a calzone today! (I halved the dough recipe)

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Let me say – this can be made with anything you want! Veggies, leftovers, you name it! I think this has become my new favorite quick meal! It’s so easy, as well! I may have found something to replace my Quiche nights. I usually do Quiche when I need to use up leftovers in the fridge, but this one will work just as well. Actually, faster! The Quiche takes at least an hour to make, while this takes MAYBE 30 minutes tops. Not to mention, it’s just that delicious! The dough is light and airy, with a slight buttery taste. In the words of my son, “Mmmm, delicious!” 😉

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