Classic Australian food - Every Australian bakery has meat pies, there are so many variations on flavors - beef and bacon, beef and mushroom, steak and kidney -this recipe is using just the original basic plain beef pie. You can use it for mini pies, single serving pies or even for a large family size - just change your baking dishes. To serve for an Australian dinner simply roast or steam fresh vegies such as peas, potatoes and carrots, for dessert whip up my Australian Trifle recipe and whualla.. a complete Aussie meal!
Makes approximately 8 single serving pies.
4 Sheets Puff Pastry Mostly Defrosted
1 lb Minced Beef (Ground Beef)
1 white onion chopped
1 packets brown gravy mix
1 egg and milk for eggwashDirections:
Pre-heat Oven to 410F
Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking spray. Heat on medium and add your onion, when softened add your beef.
When completely browned sprinkle on your gravy seasoning and then add water as directed on packet.. more if you like your pie saucey. If you find that your mixture is too runny simply add a little bit of corn starch.
When you have a thick stew like meat and onion mixture you are ready.
For single serving size pies use a large teflon muffin tin. (If you can find aluminium pie casings then use those.. I don't have them in my area)
Spray muffin tray with non stick spray.
Unfold your puff pastry, lightly dust counter with flour if it is sticky.
Quickly roll over the pastry with a rolling pin and thin the pastry out a little bit and make sure any creases are smoothed out.
Divide your pastry into squares to fit in the bottom and over lap over the top as well.
One by one press into your muffin tray.
Once you have the bottom of your pie put in scoop in your meat filling.
Don't fill it all the way to the top or when it cooks the juices wil make the pastry top come off.
Cut out tops to fit your pies. You want the edge to over lap so you can get a good seal on your pie. (See picture below)
When you have completed this for all your pies get your kitchen elf to help you put on an eggwash over the top, this gives the pastry that great shiney appearance...and kitchen elves love putting on their aprons and helping.