Aussie meat pie

Posted on: September 22nd, 2009 by admin 4 Comments

Ahhh yes meat pies, there really is nothing like them. After you have been away from Australia a while you really begin to miss the fine cuisine. What a treat for us when our favorite eatpress special guest, NYCase (who is actually an Aussie) sent through a truly amazing recipe for Aussie meat pies, make one yourself and see what the fuss is all about…

  • 500 g (1lb) chuck steak, cubed (or ground beef or a mix of both)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 c chopped mushrooms
  • 1 c chicken or beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 dash of oregano
  • 1 dash of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 1/2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • flour
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry
  • (We make our own pastry sometimes – if we have the time, recipe here)

Coat the steak cubes in the flour and then brown the meat in a pan with a bit of oil for a few minutes on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are transparent. Add the carrots and mushroom, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, tomato sauce and spices and stir for another 2 minutes. Add the cup of stock and stir until the sauce starts to thicken into a nice gravy. Taste it! See if it needs anything more that you like.

Once the sauce has thickened nicely, put aside to cool a bit. Line the bottom of a pie plate with one sheet of pastry and cut to size. Bake the pastry for 8 minutes in a 230ºC (450ºF) oven.

Pour the meat mixture into the pie crust and use the second sheet of puff pastry to cover. Use a beaten egg to stick the layers together and also to glaze the top of the pie. I used the little bits of cut off pastry to make a pretty design.

Cook for 20 minutes or until the top of the pie browns nicely.

Try adding some of your favorite spices and vegetables also, or substitute steak for ground beef. What about adding some good ol’ aussie beer to the gravy too? (Not Fosters)

(Other tasty variations on this pie are to turn it into a pie floater (just toss the cooked pie into a large bowl of thick pea soup) a favorite in South Australia, or instead of topping the pie with pastry use mashed potato for a great version of a shepherds pie).

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4 Responses

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  2. Kim Bee says:

    Oh my, this brings back memories of childhood. My mom used to make something similar. Great recipe.

  3. Kimmi says:

    Oh this looks amazing. and very comforting.

  4. Colette says:

    My fav memory from our trip to Oz….Gotta drench them in tomato sauce (ketchup)!

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