Spicy Meat Pies

Nuvita Biscuits

The all time favorite

Preparation time 25 minutes,
Cooking time 45-50 minutes,
Oven temperature 200°C, 400°F, gas 6,

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 tablespoon oil
225 g (8 oz) minced beef
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
150 ml (1/4 pint) beef stock
2 teaspoons plain flour
1 – 2 tablespoons water
salt and pepper
For the shortcrust pastry:
340 g (12 oz) plain flour
pinch of salt
150 g (6 oz) margarine
3 – 4 tablespoons cold water
beaten egg to glaze


for the shortcrust pastry

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Cut the margarine into small pieces and rub into the flour until
the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add enough water to mix to a soft dough.1. Fry the vegetables in the oil until soft. Add the minced beef and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and stock, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

2. Mix the flour with a little cold water to form a smooth paste, add to the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Season and leave to cool. Make the shortcrust pastry as below.

3. Roll out thinly on a lightly floured work surface then, using a floured tartlet cutter, stamp out 24 rounds. Use a slightly smaller cutter to stamp out 24 lids.

4. Place the larger rounds into lightly greased tartlet tins and put a spoonful of the mince mixture in each.

5. Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little water and cover each one with a pastry lid. Seal the edges, brush with beaten egg and bake in a moderately hot oven for about 20 minutes.

A quick way of making shortcrust: chill the fat in the freezer, dip in the flour, then grate coarsely. Mix into flour with enough water to bind.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Noe R on Feb 10, 2013

    In the past, the famliy went out for breakfast. But this year we are going to have it at my Dad’s. I just can’t think of something yummy! We are for sure having ham. I do have picky eater to deal with. Thanks!

  2. posted by ScRSC on Mar 16, 2013

    Any Tai food or Mexican would be really good. They are some of my Favs. Thanks for your help!

  3. posted by Andrew S on Mar 21, 2013

    In my french class we have to study an area in France (I got the Alps), and tell what kind of foods they have, how culture effects it, and how it effects it’s culture. Also if you could say what kind of foods the preferred (spicy, mostly meat, mostly vegetables) or any websites that would have this, I would love you forever!
    ThAnKs, HoNk :o)

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