Thursday, 20 November 2014

Nigerian meat pie recipe

Y'all know i love baking and i pride myself as a very good pastry chef right. And since Christmas is around the corner, there'd be lots of baking going on during this period. Nothing delights the tastebuds as much as this tasty snack filled with ground beef, vegetables and gravy. It's also one of the most common snacks sold in fast food restautants here in Nigeria. Today, i'd be showing you how to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones during this festive season with this delightful snack. Thanks to the lovely readers who kept bombarding me with questions on why i hadn't done a post on this. The truth is, i totally forgot but you all jolted my memory back and once again i'd like to say a big Thank you. If you don't have an oven to bake this in, use this Method 


Nigerian Meat pie recipe
• Prep Time:
Over 1 hour
• Bake Time:40-45 minutes
• Makes:       10 meat pies



Ingredients (For the filling):::
• 1 Small red onion
• 600g Beef
• 2 small Carrots
• 3 Irish Potatoes
• 1 small Green bell pepper
• 1 tsp. Curry powder
• 1 tsp. Thyme
• 2 Seasoning cube
• Salt to taste
• 2 tbsp. All- purpose flour(for binding)
• Water
•5 tbsp. Vegetable oil (For frying)

Ingredients (For the pastry):::
• 3 cups All-purpose flour
• 1 tbsp. Baking powder
• 80g Margarine
• 1 tsp. Salt
• 1 cup Water
• 1 Egg white

Directions for making the filling:::
Step 1: The first step is to mince your meat. This is really easy to do if you have a mincer, Grinder/ food processor. It also saves a whole lot of stress and money.
To start, Wash the meat thoroughly with clean water then slice off the elastic muscles with a sharp Knife. Most times the grinder is not able to grind this part of the meat. Dice the meat into smaller chunks and place in the grinder - Grind. To skip this process, simply get minced meat. 


Step 2: Scrape the carrots, remove the potato skin and seeds from the green pepper. Wash and dice into smaller bits - Set aside

Step 3: Place a medium sized empty pot on the burner and turn to medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and chopped onion- Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Gently add the ground beef into the pot and stir-fry till the meat gets a lighter shade of color. Once the color changes, add clean water into the pot, just enough to cover the content of the pot - Stir well.

Step 4: Add the curry powder, thyme, crushed seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Leave to cook for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Add the chopped potatoes, carrots and green pepper. Stir and leave to cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 6:The next step is to make the binder. This is done to keep the meat and vegetable mixture moist in the pastry once done. to do this, make a runny paste with the all purpose flour and water. Once it looks like the liquid in the pot is drying up, pour in the paste and stir. Leave for another 3-5 minutes so it'd thicken.


Turn off the burner and set aside to cool. The next step is to make your pastry.

Directions for making the pastry:::
Step 1: Sift the flour baking powder and salt into an empty medium sized bowl. Add the margarine and work into it with your hand so it'd look like bread crumbs. Gently add the water little by little to bind everything and work into it to form an elastic dough.

Step 2: Flour your flat work surface and with a rolling pin, roll out the dough. Using a round cutter, Cut the dough into round circles. For this i used a round bowl.

Step 3: Before you fill the pastry with the filling, rub some egg white round the edge of the dough. this helps prevent the meat pie from opening up while baking is going on. You could also use a mixture of flour and water for this.


Step 4: Place a little filling in the pastry (make sure you don't over fill) and fold. Seal the opening with a fork.

Step 5: Grease the baking pan with a little margarine and place the meat pie on it. Brush over the top of the meat pie with the egg white. This makes the meat pie have a glossy look once done.

Step 6: Place in the Pre-heated oven and bake at for 40 - 50 mins at 170°C (335°F). Some ovens bake faster or slower so it depends on the type you're using. If your oven doesn't have a temperature gauge, you can always open up the oven to check if it's done. the meat pie is done once it begins to brown on top.

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72 comments:

  1. Meat pie is my favourite snack. Wanted to make some last weekend. Seeing this recipe, I tink I wud make them dz weekend using ur recipe

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    1. Do let us know how it turns out k :)

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  2. Thanks dobby as always,you mk baking easy,interesting and xciting.wiill try it out.

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    1. you're welcome sharon :)

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  3. Anonymous1:36 pm

    hi dobby, can we use the aluminium pot baking method for baking meat pie

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    1. yes you can. Click HERE to view the pot baking method.

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    2. Anonymous6:46 pm

      Can we add milk and egg to the dough??

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    3. No you can't anon

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    4. The meat pie recipe I use requires the addition of an egg to the recipe. So I think adding an egg depends on the recipe one is using....just my 2 cents though.

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  4. Whao! I love the idea of mincing the beef myself. I hate the taste of ground beef in my part of the world. Now I can even use this for my pasta sauce. Will definitely try this, although I don't like baking......thank u!

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    1. you sure can :). You're welcome.

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  5. Great recipe. I find the margarine to flour ratio peculiar.... 80g to 3 cups? definitely a lot healthier than mine.

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    1. i guess the ratio was born out of the need to use less ingredients by the commercial meat pie vendors thereby minimizing cost of production but making more profit . Tastes great too and makes it more pliable and less likely to break.

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  6. Wat will u do if ur dough breaks.. Cos my own breaks?

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    1. You should use less margarine when making meat pies to prevent it from breaking. Add more flour and bind with water.

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    2. You can keep the dough in the fridge for 30 mind before rolling. This makes it easier to handle and less likely to break. Adding more flour and binding with water will also work but your crust will not be stretchy rather than crunchy.

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    3. Sorry, I meant your crust will be stretchy rather than crunchy if you add too much water. Can't find a way to edit previous comment.

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    4. I agree with sisirayo. The dough should be rested in the fridge for about 10mins after combining. Even if the dough looks broken, it would roll out like a dream.

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  7. Anonymous10:20 pm

    thanks dear

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  8. Can I use butter instead of margarine? Great recipe btw

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  9. eby4k44:37 pm

    Dobby thanks for a job well done.

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  10. Heey Dobby. Thank you so much, you always simplify everything. Thanks to this blog, am a better cook. #teamDobby.....Thanks

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    1. Awww!!! thank you Mo :)

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  11. Oh the taste of home!. I will link to this on my blog for fellow naija in diaspora seeking a taste of home far away from home. There is pie and there is pie.:)

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    1. i'm sure they'd love it. Thanks sisirayo :D

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  12. Anonymous3:35 pm

    Hey thank you so much Dobby for improving my culinary skills. God bless you. I have a question pls; in baking a cake/shortbread without an oven, do I pour/layout the batter/cutout dough directly onto the aluminium plate? And can i bake shortbread in a pan?

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    1. you're welcome Anon. If the pan is layered with parchment paper or foil Yes you can otherwise Use a baking pan instead.

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  13. I finally made pounded yam in a blender. Wud post abt it on my blog soon. I was awe as u said I wud. It was a family affair and they wanted more. So glad I saw d post back in April. My blog: leeznijis.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad it turned out fine elizabeth. thanks for the feedback :)

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  14. Anonymous1:15 pm

    I love you dobby.
    See as long throat dey catch me

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    1. lol! i love you too anon :)

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  15. Omalicha Ada. Nice one

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  16. Hey Dobby,just finished your meat piee recipe and it came out so nice didnt know that the amt of magarine that you listed could be enough,thanks so much .

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  17. Nne Biko find some time to repeat that poinded yam in blender kitchen tips,thanks .

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  18. Anonymous6:07 pm

    nice 1 dobby Bt I always tot margarine is used wen making meatpie

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    1. It sure is. View step 1

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  19. Awele9:44 pm

    ur d best.

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  20. Amaka7:09 pm

    Dobby did I tell u I bake cake without oven usin ur method.it was wonderful and exciting cos I made it Fr my daughter on her birthday.I'm about to make meat pies wil let u know how it goes.can I use grater Fr d meat and can I use my cake pan Fr d pies.

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    1. Glad the Cake baking without an oven turned out fine, Thanks for the feedback. To the matter at hand, you cannot use grater for the meat at all but yes you can use your cake pan as a substitute for the oven tray for the Pot baking method.

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  21. Anonymous3:22 am

    Hi Dobby. Plz I just tried ur meat pie recipe. It came out nice. But the dough was so strong. What could be the cause?

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    1. Check the amount of water you used and the kneading

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    2. I'm sure she overworked the dough. Meatpie dough requires very gentle handling.

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  22. wow nice recipe. My favorite recipe. This blog post is really great, the quality information of this post is genuinely incredible. Thank's for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Sandra.

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  23. Anonymous10:38 am

    in ur buns recipe is fat optional?thanks

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  24. Anonymous3:30 pm

    I haven't gotten my oven.how can i bake the meatpie using the 'baking without oven method'? Thanks

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  25. These meatpies look So delicious! Must try this! Definitely! Thank you Dobby!

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  26. Chai nne u won't kill someone. Trying ds one ASAP! What will I have done without u. Tx ooo

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    1. You're welcome amy :)

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  27. 06. You are truly to be commended. Your blog posts are very good about.

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  28. Anonymous10:00 pm

    Hi dobby, pls what type of cup did u normally use for the flour measurements? Tnks a bunch.

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    1. Hi Anon, Click HERE for measurements

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  29. Anonymous2:34 pm

    Tnks so much Dobby,pls is it possible to use milk tin for measurment? And if yes, how many milk cups of flour will make ten meat pies? Waiting patiently for your response.

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    1. Yes it is. Do click the link above to view the cup measurements.

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