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How to Make the Perfect Traditional Meat Pie: A Step-by-Step Recipe Guide

Making meat pies is a delicious and satisfying endeavor. Here's a simple step-by-step recipe for homemade meat pies:

Meat Pie Recipe:


For the Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef or minced meat of your choice

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cooking oil for sautéing


1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Gradually add cold water, a few tablespoons at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

3. Prepare the Filling:

  • In a skillet, heat a bit of cooking oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and sauté until softened.

  • Add the ground beef or minced meat, breaking it up with a spatula, and cook until browned.

  • Stir in the frozen mixed vegetables and cook for a few more minutes until they are heated through.

  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat mixture and stir well to combine.

4. Add Broth and Seasoning:

  • Gradually pour in the beef or vegetable broth while stirring constantly to avoid lumps.

  • Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens into a savory filling. Remove from heat and let it cool.

5. Roll Out the Dough:

  • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8-inch thickness.

6. Cut and Fill:

  • Using a round cutter or a glass, cut circles from the rolled-out dough. Place a spoonful of the cooled meat mixture onto one half of each circle.

7. Seal and Crimp:

  • Fold the other half of the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press the edges together to seal and use a fork to crimp the edges.

8. Bake:

  • Place the assembled meat pies on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

9. Cool and Serve:

  • Allow the meat pies to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your homemade meat pies warm!

Feel free to customize the filling with your favorite herbs and spices. These meat pies are perfect for a snack, lunch, or as part of a meal.


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