I am yet to come across a Nigerian that doesn’t love meat pie. Nigerian Meat pie is one of Nigeria’s popular street snack and it’s loved by all.
Growing up, I always look forward to when my mum would make meat pie or when my dad would buy for us for being good, from one of the popular confectioneries. Meat pie is not just a Nigerian thing; it is also popular in other parts of Africa. Nigerian meat pie if well done should be juicy, the pastry will be buttery and should also melt in the mouth.
Nigerian meat pie filling (mince filling) has to be perfect as well as the pastry otherwise it would be dry and chewy. Making shortcrust pastry can be tricky but with a lot of practice and patience, you would master it and know what works for you. I don’t add eggs to my meat pie pastry as it is not necessary and its easy to make buttery pastry without eggs.
I shared in my fish pie post on how to make a fool proof shortcrust pastry and the most important tip to remember when making it, is not to overwork the dough. Homemade meat pie is easy to make and you can make it to the size you want.
Here is an easy step by step guide to making the best Nigerian meat pie ever.
Nigerian Meat Pie
- 500 g Mince meat or ground beef (18-20%fat)
- 700 g Plain flour, extra for dusting and thickening
- 380 g unsalted butter
- 1 large egg for egg wash
- water 4 to 8 tbsp (100 ml)
- 1 bullion cube (I used knorr)
- 1 tsp curry
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
- 1 big carrot cleaned and cubed
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp sugar optional
- salt to taste (use 1/2 tsp for the pastry)
- To make the doughIn a shallow mixing bowl, add flour, salt, sugar (if using) and butterRub together till all turn to crumbsAdd 100 ml of water and mix till all is combined. If the dough still needs water add a tablespoon of water at a time till you get well combined dough like in pix5Set dough aside in a cool place or a fridge for 30 minutes then you move on to preparing the meaty filling.Yes! Making the dough is that easy but remember, DO NOT overwork it when handling.
- To make the yummy pie fillingPlace a pan on a medium heat and add oil, heat for 2 minutes, add chopped onions and fry till onion is translucent. Add mince to the onion and stir mince till its brown then add curry, thyme seasoning, pinch of salt and stir till all combine. Reduce the heat if need be to avoid burning.The fat from the mince should make the sauce juicy but if it looks dry, add a cooking spoon of water to it. (decant oil if it is too much)Add boiled potatoes and carrots, combine well and cook on a low heat for another 3-5 minutes.The mince should be well cooked now. Now you move on to thickening the mince.Add 2tbsp of flour to a bowl and mix with water to form a paste. Add the paste to the mince meat on the heat and combine well. Leave to cook for another minute. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
- Rolling the dough and making the meat pie
Preheat oven at 180⁰Break egg into a bowl, whisk and set asideSprinkle a bit of flour on a plain, clean surface/work topDivide dough into 2 or 3 places and roll out flat using a rolling pinPlace a circle cutter on the flat dough and cut out into many circles you can get. use a make shift if you don’t have a cutter. Repeat this process with the rest of the doughAdd meat filling to the centre of the circled dough, brush one half of the circle with whisked egg and carefully fold over the meat filling making sure the 2 edges touch one another. The aim of the egg is to seal the dough.Close edges by pressing down with the tip of a fork as seen in picture (See step by step picture guide below)Repeat this process for the remaining dough and filling. Place a foil in a baking tray and rub with oil. this stops the pie from sticking to the tray when done.After you have completely filled the pastry, set on a baking tray,egg wash the top and pinch with a forkPlace in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes at 200⁰ or 180⁰ if using a fan oven.
- You can also use salted butter for this recipe. If you would be using it, please omit salt from making the shortcrust pastry.
- You can add a bit of water to the mince filling if it looks too thick or dry.
- Allow the meat pie filling to cool down completely before adding to pie dough.
See step by Step Guide Below
To make the filling
Rolling the dough
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