Ingredients for pastry dough:
- 5 cups plain all purpose flour
- 1 generous cup butter at room temperature. You can use shortening but remember it is bad for the heart.
- 1/2 cup very cold water
Ingredients for meat filling:
- 1 pound ground grass-fed beef, or hand chopped grass-fed beef**
- 1 large diced onion
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 potato diced
- 2 diced celery sticks
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Preparation: 1. For the pastry sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Using a pastry blender or hands mix butter into flour there is a specific technic to it, you do not over need it, it is almost as if you are pressing the butter into the flour keeping mind that you leave air in the mix. Add the cold water and mix using a fork or knife. Using a floured surface knead it once or twice until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap for about 20 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. For the meat filling, I was in a bit of a rush when I made these because I was headed to see my little sister Vala stared in her high school’s production of the Little Shop of Horrors. I actually food processed the onions, carrots, celery, potato and I thought it came out great. Next time I will chop them by hand because I think the texture will be better but if you are hard pressed for time this is an alternative. Then you combine the meat, and diced vegetables with the curry powder, salt and pepper. Now it is time to assemble the pies. Cut a third of the pastry round and roll out, using a small plate cut a circle. Place a few healthy spoonfuls of meat into the center and cover the pastry circle and then cover with another circle. You can use a fork to close the pies or roll them over, I used a fork and then rolled them over, make sure to cut a vent for the liquid. Here I made an “I” for my father’s first initial. Repeat with the rest of the pastry dough. Bake in an oven for an hour. Enjoy!
This recipe makes 6 pies. These pies are wonderful frozen and microwaved.
*Curry powder became a staple in Ireland after many soldiers came back from serving in India under the British.
**You can use regular beef or lamb. Grass-fed beef is wonderful in this recipe because it is so healthy tasting, it is also a wonderful way to handle the grass-fed beef flavor.