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Nigerian meat pie

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Nigerian Meat pie is one of Nigeria’s popular snack and it’s loved by all. The buttery shortcrust pastry is filled with mincemeat cooked in rich flavour. It is delicious and you won’t be able to stop at one. Do you want to learn how to make a perfect meat pie? this recipe is for you

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. Especially from one of the popular confectioneries (Mr Biggs or Sweet Sensations). It 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 shortcrust pastry will be buttery, flaky and should also melt in the mouth. If you’ve ever had Mr Biggs meat pie then you would understand my gist.

The Meat pie filling (beef mince filling) has to be perfect as well as the shortcrust 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 pastry as it is not necessary. It is easy to make buttery shortcrust pastry without eggs.

I shared in my fish pie post on how to make a foolproof buttery shortcrust pastry and the most important tip to remember when making it, is not to overwork the dough. This Homemade meat pie is easy to make and you can make it to the size you want. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, make the pie in a deep dish or individually in a ramekin.

Here is an easy step by step guide to making the best Nigerian meat pie ever.

picture of mr biggs meat pie

Ingredients for meat pie

500g mincemeat or ground beef (18-20%fat)

700g plain flour, extra for dusting and thickening

380g unsalted butter

1 large egg

Water

Salt to taste

Seasoning (I used Knorr)

1teaspoon curry powder

1teaspoon thyme

2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 small onion, chopped

1 big carrot, cleaned and cubed

2tbsp vegetable oil

Metric Conversion tips

A standard cup of flour is 128g while a cup of butter is about 225g

500g ground meat is about 1.1lb

When baking, I always recommend using a kitchen instead of cup measurements. Kitchen scale measurement is the same everywhere but cups are not the same. they differ from country to country.

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Nigerian Meat Pie

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
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Nigerian, West African
Keyword: Mr Biggs Meat pie, Nigerian meat pie
Servings: 10
Author: Ajoke| My Active Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 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 beef bullion cube (I used knorr stock cube use any of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 big carrot cleaned and cubed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • salt to taste (use 1/2 tsp for the pastry)

Instructions

  • To make the dough
    In a shallow mixing bowl, add flour, salt, sugar (if using) and butter
    Rub together till all turn to crumbs
    Add 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 pix5
    Set 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 filling
    Place a pan on 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 powder, thyme, stock cube, a 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 (100ml) 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 180C/350F
    Break the egg into a bowl, whisk and set aside
    Sprinkle a bit of flour on a plain, clean surface/worktop
    Divide dough into 2 or 3 places and roll out flat using a rolling pin
    Place a circle cutter on the flat dough and cut out into many circles you can get. use a makeshift if you don’t have a cutter. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough
    Add the 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. Alternatively use a parchment paper.
    After you have completely filled the pastry, set on a baking tray, egg wash the top and pinch with a fork
    Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes at 180C⁰/350F.

Notes

  • 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. 
  • Use kitchen scale to measure the pastry ingredients instead of cups. (1 cup of all purpose flour is 128g and a cup of butter is 225g while 500g ground meat is 1.1lb)
meat pie with beef mince fillings

How to make shortcrust pastry (pie pastry)

photograph shots of how to make shortcrust pastry

Alternatively, make the shortcrust pastry in a food processor. It would only take you about 5 minutes tops

How to make beef mince pie filling

photograph of cubed carrots and potatoes in a pan
how to make beef mince filling in stages
 beef mince filling made in stages.
flour paste and ready beef mince filling

How to roll shortcrust pastry (Mr biggs meat pie recipe)

Nigerian meat pie made with shortcrust pastry and mince meat filling. Very easy to make and delicious too.
how to make meat pie
image of pies in baking tray waiting to be baked
mini pastry on a dark background

Serve meat pie warm or cold with a chilled drink of choice. Why not try pairing these beauties with chilled zobo drink or mango lemonade

Thank you for reading. Kindly leave me feedback when you make this recipe or any of my other recipes. Please pin me to Pinterest and share your creation with me on Instagram. See you on my next post x

 

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