Meatpie is a popular Nigerian snack that consists of a pastry crust filled with a savory meat filling. It is a delicious and satisfying snack that is enjoyed by many, and is often sold by street vendors or in local bakeries. Meatpie has its roots in British cuisine, and was introduced to Nigeria during the colonial period. Over time, Nigerians have adapted the recipe to suit their taste preferences, resulting in a unique and flavorful version of this classic snack.
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For the pastry crust:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup of cold water
For the meat filling:
1 pound of ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
Pastry blender or food processor
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
To make the pastry crust, add the flour and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the cold butter cubes to the bowl and use a pastry blender or food processor to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
Add the cold water to the bowl and use a fork or your hands to mix the dough until it comes together in a ball. Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape each portion into a flat disc. Wrap the discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
To make the meat filling, add the ground beef or turkey, chopped onion, salt, curry powder, thyme, black pepper, and breadcrumbs to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and cooked through.
Remove the skillet from heat and allow the meat mixture to cool slightly.
On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out one of the chilled pastry discs to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a circular cookie cutter or a small bowl to cut out circles from the pastry dough.
Spoon a tablespoon of the meat mixture onto each pastry circle, then fold the pastry over to create a half-moon shape. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry together, sealing the meat inside.
Place the meat pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the pies with the beaten egg.
Bake the meat pies in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and flaky.
This recipe contains wheat, eggs, and dairy (butter). If you have any allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.
Each meat pie contains approximately 200-250 calories.
To make this recipe healthier, you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and substitute whole wheat flour for all or part of the all-purpose flour in the pastry crust.
The curry powder in this recipe adds a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder meat pie, reduce the amount of curry powder or omit it altogether.
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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Meatpie snack!