The humble meat pie is as Aussie as it gets. While Americans love hamburgers, Australians love their meat pies and sausage rolls more.
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We are the world's biggest consumer of meat pies with over 250,000,000 eaten each year.
The traditional Aussie meat pie is about 15cm (6 inches) in diameter, just large enough to hold in one hand and often tomato sauce is liberally poured on top
The filling is diced or minced beef or chicken with enough thick gravy inside to
keep it together.
Meat pies are found in take away shops, bakeries and most everywhere else.
You can also buy Sargents, Aussie Pies, & Four 'n Twenty brands of meat pies in the frozen food section of our grocery stores.
It might surprise you to know that Four 'n Twenty produces 50,000 pies per hour. We told you that Aussies like their meat pies!
The original settlers in Australia preferred low-cost, plentiful mutton as the meat for their pies.
Beef is now the meat of choice in pies with a variety of styles: steak and onion, beef and tomato and onion, beef and vegetables, chicken and vegetables and others.
For our American friends
Please do not confuse the Aussie meat pie with the American pot pie.
When you buy an American pot pie in the frozen food section of the grocery store, it comes in a foil pie pan which you cook it in. You eat the pot pie with a fork because the pastry is too thin to pick it up.
The Aussie meat pie is also available frozen, but has no pie pan. You put it straight onto the baking tray (cookie sheet) and bake. You don't need a fork to eat it. Just pick it up in your hands when it's cool enough to handle.
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Australian Meat Pies
There are many ways to make
a meat pie. Here's one we enjoy.
Makes 6 individual pies, about 15cm (6 inches) in diameter
a. Filling – Ingredients
|| kg (2 pounds)
||chuck or round steak,
||bacon rashers (bacon slices), chopped|
||onion, peeled and finely chopped|
|| ml (13 fl. oz)
||flour, plain (flour, all-purpose)|
a. Filling – Method
- Remove any fat and cube the meat into about 1½ cm
( 3/4 inch) pieces.
- Fry the bacon and onion over a low heat and add the meat when the onions are slightly soft.
- Season with salt, pepper and thyme, add the water, cover and simmer for about 1 hour.
- In a bowl, slowly add a little water to the flour and stir until it forms a smooth, runny mixture.
- Slowly stir the flour-water mixture into the meat mixture until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Make sure the filling is cold before you spoon it into the prepared shell. Otherwise you may get soggy or oily crust.
b. Pastry Bottom – Ingredients
|| grams (2 cups)
||flour, plain (flour, all-purpose)|
|| grams (2 ounces)
||margarine or butter|
|| ml (5 fluid ounces)
||lemon juice or vinegar (optional)|
b. Pastry Bottom – Method
- In a mixing bowl, add salt to the flour and then cut in the margarine until mixed with the dough.
- Add water to the dough. Optional – also add lemon juice or vinegar to the dough for a lighter pastry.
- Remove the dough and gently knead on a lightly-floured surface. Be careful not to overwork it to avoid making the dough tough.
- Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes and then roll it out to about 4 mm thick.
c. Pastry Top – Ingredient
||commercial puff pastry, thawed|
d. The Pie – Method
- Line 6 small pie dishes with the pastry and fill with the cooled meat mixture.
- Roll out the puff pastry to 4mm thickness and cut out 6 pie tops.
- Moisten the rim of the pies with milk or beaten egg so the tops will stick to it.
- Place the cut puff pastry circles on top of each pie to form a lid and trim away any excess.
- Press the edges together with a fork to seal.
- Make a hole in the centre of each pie to allow the steam to escape and glaze the tops with beaten egg or milk.
e. Cooking – Method
Bake pies at 180° C ( 375° F) for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve hot with tomato sauce on top.
For something different, try an Aussie pie floater. That's a meat pie served in a bowl of pea soup. Fair dinkum! Try it and you'll see why it's an Aussie favourite.
We hope you enjoy this recipe!