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Monday, April 10, 2017

How to Make Nigerian Meat Pie

Meat Pie is a popular snack in Nigeria because it is tasty, and has minced meat, potato and carrot filling.
Here are things you need

Meat Pie Ingredients

For the Meat Pie dough

  • 2kg  plain flour (All Purpose Flour)
  • 3 ½  teaspoons baking powder
  • 900g Butter
  • 3 pinches salt
  • A cup of cold water
The number of meat pies you will get depends on the diameter of the meat pie cutter you will use. example: A cutter that is 8 inches (20cm) in diameter will give you atlist 20 meat pies with all this ingredients.

For the Meat Pie filling

  • 3 medium Irish potatoes
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1000g minced meat
  • 1 Big onion
  • 3 cooking spoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Knorr cubes
  • 1 ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 medium egg
Preparation :

The Meat Pie dough

  1. Put the 2 kg of flour in a bowl, add 3½ teaspoons of baking powder and  salt. You do not need a lot of salt for the meat pie dough. The meat pie will get most of its taste from the filling. Mix these dry ingredients very well.
  2. Use a tablespoon to scoop the butter in small bits into the bowl of flour. The smaller you make the bits of butter, the easier it will be for you to rub them into the flour.
  3. Use finger tips to rub the butter into the flour till the mix becomes like crumbs.
  4. Add cold water in bits while at the same time folding the mix till a stiff ball of dough is formed. You will be surprised at how small quantity of water you need to get the dough stiff. At most.
  5. Knead the dough very well, put back in the bowl and leave to rest for 10 minutes. This makes the dough more elastic.
While waiting prepare the Meat Pie filling

The Meat Pie Filling

  1. Peel the Irish potatoes, wash and cut the carrots these two into tiny cubes.
  2. Wash and slice the onions into tiny pieces.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pot, add the diced onions and stir for 3 minutes, add the minced meat and stir vigorously till the minced meat turns pale.
  4. Add 1 cup of water, Knorr cubes and thyme. Cover the pot and once the contents of the pot starts boiling, add the diced carrots and potatoes and cook till everything is well done.
  5. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of plain flour in half cup of cold water and add to the meat pie filling. This tip is so that the meat pie filling does not dry up during baking. It is also what keeps the meat pie filling moist.
  6. Add salt to taste, stir the contents and turn off the heat.

Cut, Fill, Fold and Close

Set your oven to 170°C (335°F) and leave to preheat while you continue with the meat pie.

Break the egg, beat it, you will need it soon.
  1. Rub Butter on the insides of the oven tray. So that the undersides of the meat pies do not stick to the tray during baking.
  2. Knead the dough again, roll it out to achieve a 5mm thickness.
  3. Use a meat pie cutter, or Pizza cutter to make round cuts on the rolled out dough.
  4. Remove the excess dough, leaving behind the round cuts.
  5. Scoop some meat pie filling into the center of the round cuts, the quantity should be such that you can comfortably close the dough without overflows. Don't worry if you over-filled the first one, you have many meat pies to fill today so at some point you will know just the right quantity of meat pie filling to scoop into the dough.Image may contain: dessert and food
  6. Rub the egg on the inside edge of the cut meatpie dough.  This is to ensure that your meat pie is perfectly sealed and does not open up while it is being baked.
  7. Fold one part of the dough to meet the other end and use a fork to press the 2 edges together to close tightly. Place your work of art in the oven tray and repeat the previous step till all the cut out dough is exhausted.
  8. Roll out more dough, cut, fill, close and place in the greased oven tray till all the dough is used.
  9. Rub the egg on the meat pies. This gives the meat pie a golden brown look when done.
  10. Infact you can give it any shape you want the test will still be the same, here i gave my meat pie love shape  lolImage may contain: dessert, food and indoor
  11. Set the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. The best meat pies are the ones baked at medium heat. You can confirm that the meat pie is done when it starts browning.
Watch the video to see how this is done HERE.
    Enjoy your yummy meat pies and thank me later lol
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