Nigerian Meat Pie prepared with the classic recipe that gets everyone asking for more
The Nigerian meat pie is often confused with Enpanadas; even though these two snacks have similar shapes, they differ a lot in the process, preparation and fillings used.
The classic recipe only incorporated potatoes and carrots as the main vegetables, but it is now very common to see Nigerian meat pie prepared with a variety of veggies, which includes, but not limited to carrots, potatoes, green peas, sweet corn, runner beans, chillies and as far as your creativity runs.
But nonetheless, here’s a detailed recipe and video showing you how to make the perfect and classic Nigerian Meat pie. Feel free to get creative and make this recipe yours….enjoy.
Note: The process might look lengthy, but is really isn’t , so don’t be discouraged *wink, wink*
Nigerian Meat Pie Ingredients:
Nigerian Meat Pie Filling:
• 300g of minced meat (ground beef)
• 1 medium-sized onion or spring onions
• Quarter teaspoon garlic powder or a little minced garlic clove(optional)
• 3 medium-sized carrots
• 2 medium-sized Irish potatoes
• 1 cooking spoonful of Vegetable Oil
• Seasoning of choice (but preferably bouillon cubes(Maggi / Knorr
cubes), a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of curry
• 2 tablespoons of plain flour(to make a binder)
• Cool water — 200ml(more or less)
• Salt — to taste
UPDATE: sometimes I add green peas to my filling
Nigerian Meat Pie Dough:
• 500 grams Plain Flour
• 250 grams Margarine
• 1 teaspoon Baking Powder (leveled)
• 3/4 teaspoon(a big pinch) of Salt
• about 75 ml Cool Water (or as needed to get a stiff dough)
UPDATE: for most party meat pies, I add a bit of sugar, because most clients want the dough a bit sweet, but not too sweet. So if you are like that too, you can add about 1 tablespoonful of sugar to your dough, as I explained below
Preparing ingredients for the Nigerian Meat pie :
**Grind or mince the meat, if you haven’t done that yet.
**Chop or mince the onions and set aside
**Wash and scrape the carrots, peel the Irish potatoes, rinse these vegetables(carrot&potatoes) and cut into very tiny cubes.
Directions for making Nigerian Meat Pie
1. First step is to prepare the Meat Pie Filling:
a. Heat up the oil on medium heat. Then add the chopped onions and garlic (garlic is optional), stir fry a bit; add the minced meat to the pot and stir well till the minced meat looses its pink color.
b. Now, add 1 cup of water to the pot, add the stock cube, thyme and curry. Cover the pot and leave to boil for about 10 minutes.
Then, dissolve 2 tablespoonful of the plain flour in half cup of cold water .
Mix thoroughly and add the mixture to the meat pie filling in the pot, stir well until well incorporated, put off
the heat and leave to cool .
2. The second step is to prepare the dough and to do this;
a. First break an egg, beat it and set aside for later use.
b. Grease the oven tray that you’ll be using; do this by rubbing a little margarine inside the tray.
This helps to prevent the meat pies from burning. You can also make use of baking sheets.
c. Put the 500g of flour into a big bowl , add 1 tablespoonful of sugar(if using); add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a big pinch of salt. Mix well.
d. Add the margarine (you can melt the margarine, to make mixing easier) and mix thoroughly until the mixture looks more like bread crumbs or sifted garri.
e. Now, gradually add a little water and keep on mixing until you get a stiff dough.
f. Knead the dough until smooth and leave to rest for 5 minutes, then place on a lightly floured surface.
At this stage you can preheat the oven at 335°F or 170°C and continue with the meat pies.
h. With a circular shaped cutter, cut out some circles; You can make use of any clean object you have, to get your desired size (I made use of a bowl *wink* ).
i. Remove the excess dough, and then scoop some of the meat pie filling and place in the center of the circular cut dough. Don’t add a lot of filling, so that your meatpie won’t look bumpy at the top.
j. Now rub the whisked egg, on the edges of the dough you are working with. In place of the egg, you can make
use of flour & water mix. This will prevent the meat pie from bursting open while in the oven.
k. The next step is to fold one side of the circular dough to join the other part, to form a semicircle. Use a fork to
press the edges tight and give the meat pie its unique design.
l. When all the meat pies are folded, rub the whisked egg on the surface of the meat pies. The egg helps to
give the meat pie a golden sheen, but this is optional.
m. Place the Meat pies in the preheated oven and leave to bake for 35 minutes Or until the meat pies are lightly browned. You can check it from time to time, if you are not sure of the temperature of your oven.
The Nigerian Meat pies are ready when they are lightly brown..Enjoy.
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