Friday, October 19, 2012

Mini Minced Beef Pies

My husband spent a handful of his growing up years in England.  He talks so fondly of the people, the country, AND the food.  I like to try and recreate certain things for him, and myself (let's be real) that bring back good memories.  So I interrogate him about his travels and food experiences outside of the US.  I love hearing about his childhood which was so vastly different than my own.  I love making food that sparks memories of places he has been and lived. 

I am sure little pies are far from anything he may have eaten in England, but I tried my own take on minced beef pies.  He says they aren't TO far off from what he got at the local "chippy" .  Now if I could find a place to get him REAL English Sharp Cheddar cheese, I would be his hero for LIFE!  I did find some at Whole Foods and he liked it but it just wasn't QUITE right. 

I like things in "mini".  I like having individual portions, for portion control and because they are fun.  I swear it has nothing to do with being a germaphobe and someone else touching my food.  Anyway, let us get started.  You can buy pie crust or you can make my pie crust.  There is a link in the list of ingredients to my FABULOUS crust.  Just trust me on this kids, it rocks!

You will need:
1lb ground beef
1 carrot grated
1 small potato diced TINY
1 tbsp flour
1 cup beef stock
Pie Crust (1) Store bought or my FABULOUS recipe (makes 2 crusts, but just need 1)
Parchment Paper
1 egg (for egg wash)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef completely.  When it is done, if there is to much grease, drain it and add in flour, and carrots.  Mix completely until the flour is soaked up by the beef.  Add in stock and the TINY diced potato.  Stir until stock begins to thicken.  You may find you need a bit more stock, if so just add in as much as you like for a gravy.  Now cover your pot with a lid, turn off the heat and let it sit, until it is completely cooled.

Note: When I say dice the potato tiny, you could grate it (large grate) as well.  It should be tiny enough that the pieces cook through from the residual heat in the pot while it sits covered.  K?  K.

Cut strips of parchment paper long enough to go in the muffin tin and come out the other side, like this.  Spray your muffin tin with non stick spray and lay the parchment pieces in.  You will use it to remove the mini pies when they are done baking!

Roll out your pie crust.  Roll it a bit thinner than you would a regular sized pie crust.  I used a cup with a top diameter of almost 5 inches for this.  You want enough to be able to pinch your top lattice work to the crust, or to pinch the edges if you choose to put another piece on top for a solid top crust. You may not need one that big!  Cut out 12 circles and get them into the pan.  Make sure to press the sides and bottom edges on in to the corners!  Add in filling.  I used a small cookie scoop but just make sure it is divided between them all.  Take your leftover dough and do the lattice on top or if you have enough dough, or an extra crust, feel free to cut an entire top crust out.  Pinch the edges and brush entire mini pie with an egg wash.

Bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes. 

You can easily make these with chicken, exchange the meat and stock.  They are delicious little meat pies using ground beef, for a budget friendly meal!

Your kids will love their own mini pie, and so will you!

Your "likes to have my OWN" chefwannabe


  1. Newest follower here! I found you through the Friday blog hop! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more! The recipe looks yummy!

  2. Welcome! So glad you found me there and I am pleased to meet you! I appreciate your comment, and look forward to sharing food and stories with you!

  3. Wonder if I could make these using some beef roast I made in the crock pot? It was falling apart tender, so is in shreds. I suppose I could chop it up then follow the recipe from where the beef is drained? I bet my men would love this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Absolutely you could!!!! It would be awesome! Let me know how it turns out if you decide to make it! Thanks for reading!

  5. Making these for supper now!!!!