Today, you will earn how to make Nigerian meat pie. Here, you will see the recipes, ingredients and methods to prepare meat pie in Nigeria. Nigerian meat pie is literally my favourite snack of all time.
You are not fully a Nigerian till you have tried Nigerian meat pie [ I’m sure lovers of jollof rice will read this differently, hahahaha].
Every fast food place, eatery, bakery and confectionaries place in this country has their own unique tasting Nigerian meat pie. Learn how to cook nigerian meat pie because it’s delicious and I just absolutely love the meaty filling.
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It comes in various varieties just like most special delicacies and the variety is in the filling. Meat pies can be filled with anything from chicken, kidney, to beef [filling for regular meat pie], fish, tomato sauce or boiled egg.
Meat pies original to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Belize and are now very common in countries like Ghana, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand etc., but with each country comes a unique twist to the flavour and texture of the filling all the way up to the shape of the pie.
It is not to be mistaken for its Indian counterpart, ’the samosa’’. However, what all these meat pies have in common is a meaty filling in a flour base.
Meat pie is rich in protein and carbohydrates and hence serves as a perfect snack either for a get together or a picnic. Meat pies can be served alongside a cold drink or ice cream. It’s extremely affordable as you don’t have to go out of your way to get the ingredients required. They can all be purchased in any nearby market or grocery store.
The recipe I am going to be describing in this article is for the traditional meat pie with beef.
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Ingredients for Dough
1. 1kg [8 cups] plain all-purpose flour
2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
3. 500g[1.1lbs] margarine
4. 2 pinches of salt
5. Half a cup of water / 125ml / 4.2oz
6. INGREDIENTS for filling
7. 2 medium irish potatoes
8. 2 medium carrots
9. 500g [1.1lbs] minced meat
10. 1 medium onion
11. 2 cookingspoons vegetable oil
12. 2 knorr cubes
13. 1 teaspoon thyme
14. 2 tablespoons plain flour
15. 1 cup/ 250ml/ 8.4oz of cold water
16. Salt to taste
I medium raw egg
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Steps For Daking dough:
1. Sift the flour into a large bowl.
2. Add the baking powder and mix thoroughly till the all evenly blended.
3. Add a little salt even though the dough doesn’t need a lot of flavouring because the flavour usually comes from the filling.
4. Scrap margarine in as little lumps as possible and drop them into the flour mix. You are cutting them in little lumps to make mixing a bit easier.
5. Now, mix the margarine properly into the flour till you get a lumpy mix.
6. Begin to add cold water to the mix but add very little at a time. You might not finish using the entire half cup for the flour. All you need is enough water to get the flour to mix into a stiff dough and that doesn’t require a lot of water.
7. Mix the dough thoroughly till its smooth then allow it for about 5-7 minutes to make the dough more elastic.
For Making The Filling:
1. Peel and dice the irish potatoes.
2. Wash, scrap and then dice the carrots.
3. Chop the onions
4. Put the vegetable oil in a pan and place on medium heat.
5. Add the minced meat and onions and fry for a few minutes.
6. Add salt, pepper, thyme and knorr cubes.
7. Add some water and allow it to simmer a bit.
8. Add the irish potatoes and the carrots and allow to simmer for a few more minutes.
9. Dissolve some flour in cold water. Mix thoroughly and pour in the pot.[This flour is to enable the meat pie and filling retain water while its baking.
It is what ensures you don’t end up with a hard stiff pie.] Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat and set aside.
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For Making Meat Pie
1. Break the egg, beat it and set aside.
2. Set the oven 170 degrees Celsius and 335 degrees Fahrenheit and leave to preheat while you continue with the meat pie.
3. Rub margarine in the oven tray to ensure that the meat pies don’t stick to the tray or get burnt while baking.
4. Knead the dough some more and the roll it out to achieve a 5mm thickness
5. Carefully cut round shapes on the dough either using the cover of a small pot or using a meat pie cutter.
6. Make these round cuts till all the rolled out dough is finished.
7. Remove the excess dough and leave only the round cuts.
8. Scoop some of the filling onto the centre of the dough. Try not to put too much filling so that the meat pies can close comfortably without bursting open while baking.
9. Apply egg to the edge of the dough and fold one edge over the other.
10. Use the butt of a fork to press it safely shut.
11. Apply some egg on the top of the meat pie for aesthetics.
12. Repeat this process till all the dough is finished.
13. Place the meat pies in the pre heated oven and allow to bake for 30 – 50 minutes depending on the oven.
14. Most times it takes about 40 minutes for the meat pie to be ready.
You will know when the meat pie is almost ready when it begins to turn golden brown so feel free to open the oven and check every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Note: Avoid adding too much filling to the meat pie to ensure it doesn’t burst open while baking. Also avoid laying your dough out too thin. Try to stick specifically to 5mm thickness. You can go a bit thicker till you are more sure of yourself.
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Ensure you are using sufficient margarine so your meat pie doesn’t come out dry. The quantities listed in the recipe should be perfect but when in doubt always use margarine that is about half the weight of the flour being used. For example, if you are using 500g of flour then use 250g of margarine just to be safe.
Now your very special meat pie is ready to be eaten. You might want to leave it for a few minutes to cool even though meat pie is best served cool but not hot. Serve alongside a cold beverage. Enjoy!!!
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