Growing up, Sunday was the day of enjoyment. The day when I could have fizzy drinks or junk food. The day when I asked my mom or dad to stop somewhere to get a snack and they would not say “There is food at home”.
I particularly looked forward to snacks from Mr Biggs, especially their meat pie. The creamy filling, the flaky dough. Yum! Mr Biggs meat pie is one of the Nigerian recipes that bind us together as a country. I have not met any Nigerian that did not love Mr Biggs meat pie. Join me so we can bake together.
Equipment you will need
- A rolling pin
- A circle cutter or a small pot cover for cutting the dough
- A baking tray
- Baking paper or foil paper
- 500g minced meat
- 700g flour plus extra for dusting and thickening
- 250g Cold butter or margarine
- 187 ml of ice-cold water
- 1 Tsp Baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 Large egg, whisked
- Boiled potatoes chopped up
- 2 Carrots peeled and cubed
- Onions, chopped
- Green pepper, cubed
- 1 Clove of garlic, minced
- 1 habanero pepper for a touch of heat, chopped
- Knorr cubes to taste
- Curry powder to taste
- Bay leaf (2)
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- In a bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, cold butter till it looks like bread crumbs.
- Add water and mix till the dough comes together. Be careful not to over mix.
- Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to rest for at least 30 minutes.
- On medium heat in a deep frying pan, heat up the vegetable oil, let the onions, garlic and pepper sautee
- Add the curry, and bayleaf allow to fry to draw out maximum flavour
- Put in minced meat and fry till browned, stir to prevent burning.
- Add chopped vegetables, potatoes and water. Allow to cook together
- Mix 2 Tbsp water and 3 Tbsp Flour into a paste and add to minced meat mix to thicken. Allow to cook for 2 minutes and take off heat.
- Let it cool
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Dust work table with flour. Grab dough from the fridge and roll out with rolling pin. Not too thin
- Cut out circles with circle cutter
- Place some filling in the middle, dip a brush in whisked egg and rub along edge of of rolled out dough and fold. The egg acts as a glue for the edges.
- Use to fork to pinch edges together and create a design. Repeat till all the dough is used up.
- Dip brush in egg and rubs over tops of pies
- Cover baking tray with baking paper or foil paper and place pies in it
- Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C
- Allow to cool when ready
Now that your meat pie is ready, take some chilled coke and have some yummy pie after all the hard work from the week. Enjoy!
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