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minced beef and onion pie

Minced Beef and Onion Pie Recipe

Cowbridge Kitchen

When it comes to an iconic British meat pie then they don't come much better than this Minced beef and onion pie.

There are lots of secret recipes and ingredients surrounding the Minced Beef & Onion Pie and it is probably as British as Fish 'n' Chips.

There is no real secret to this recipe it is minced beef cooked in a rich beef gravy, the pie does benefit from homemade pastry and the texture of the mince is refined by mashing it up.

This Minced Beef Pie is best served with some homemade chips, peas and gravy, just like you get in the chip shop.

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It takes about 1hr 25 minutes to make this
25 mins Prep time
1 hr Cooking time
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Nutritional Facts
This is based on 1/4 of a pie
127g portion

Calories: 375
Protein: 15g
Fat: 20g
Carbohydrates: 32g
Fiber: 2.3g
Sugar: 2.8g
Nutritional information Nutrition
This recipe will serve upto 4 people Table for Two Servings
Tricky : This recipe is a bit tricky
Anybody can have a go at this recipe, but a novice will find it difficult
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How to Make Minced Beef and Onion Pie

Here in the UK and in Wales especially the Minced Beef and Onion pie is a staple part of British fast food culture. So much so that a local company called 'Peters Pies' specialise in making them.

Their recipe is a very well kept secret for obvious reasons if you have ever had one. However, this recipe for Minced Beef and Onion Pie will give even 'Peters Pies' a run for their money.

Using our own special blend of spices and stock and a cool little trick to get the texture right this Minced Beef and Onion Pie is a perfect Chip Shop Pie.

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400 g Fine Minced Beef
2 brown Onions ( Diced )
3 Beef Stock Cubes
1/4 teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt
350 ml Stock
50 ml Worcestershire Sauce
30 g Beef dripping (Beef Fat)
50 g Plain Flour
Gravy Browning
1 Slab of Puff Pastry
Egg Wash

Cooking Instructions

  1. Peel and dice the two brown onions
  2. Melt the Beef dripping in a large pan. When the fat is hot fry off the onions for 10 minutes until soft.
  3. While the onions are cooking , make up 350ml of beef stock using the stock cubes, black pepper and Salt.
  4. Add the minced beef to the pan of onions and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  5. At this stage you need to work on the texture of the meat so we need to get a potato masher and mash the mince in the pan as it cooks. This will make the meat tender and very fine.
  6. Once the meat is cooked cover it with the flour and combine it with a wooden spoon.
  7. Add the beef stock and Worcestershire Sauce to the meat, mix in with a wooden spoon to make a thick gravy.
  8. You can add a little more stock if you want a thinner gravy.
  9. Let the meat cook for 10 - 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. While the filling is cooling down you can roll out your puff pastry , one sheet to line the dish and another to make the lid.
  11. Before you line the pie dish , lightly grease it with a little oil. Fit the pastry into the dish.
  12. Add the cooled pie filling into the dish to fill it almost to the top , leaving it short of the top by a few millimeters.
  13. Top the dish with the pastry lid , sealing it around the edges by pressing it in with your fingers.
  14. Cut two slits 1/3 of the way into the pie from both ends.
  15. Egg-wash the pie , being sure to cover all the edges.
  16. You should refrigerate the pie for 20 minutes before baking.
  17. Cover the pie in foil before baking, doing this means there is no need to blind bake the base.
  18. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 c for 40 minutes
  19. Remove the foil and bake for a further 15 minutes until golden brown.
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''If you don't have time to make your own pastry then you can use pr-made pastry...''