Classic Meat Pie

Classic Meat Pie is hands down one of our most favorite treats to eat.  Ever.

Flaky crust. Savory filling. Perfection with each bite.

Oh, how we love a classic meat pie.

A dozen classic meat pies laying on a rustic baking sheet

THE CLASSIC MEAT PIE RECIPE IS EASY TO MAKE AT HOME

Making the dough from scratch is essential, not difficult to do, and can be can be done well in advance!

Watch us show you how easy (and fun) it is to make Classic Meat Pie at home!

It all starts with a wonderfully flavorful savory beef filling.

We love sautéing onion, bell peppers, and a little jalapeño to deepen the flavors.

You can adjust the seasonings to your own liking, but we love the little bit of kick in this recipe.

Savory beef filling in a skillet for classic meat pie recipe

HOMEMADE PIE DOUGH MAKES THE PERFECT CRUST FOR A CLASSIC MEAT PIE

Making the dough from scratch is simple and puts these meat pies over the top.

We use a 4-inch cutting ring (that we got at Williams-Sonoma) for cutting the disc.

If you don’t have this size cutting ring, use a large jar lid, or even a pizza cutter and a steady hand. Point is…it doesn’t have to be perfect.

A hand using a dough cutter for the crust of classic meat pie

After cutting the dough, add a teaspoon or so of filling right in the middle of the disc.

You’ll want to brush the edges of the disc with an egg wash.

This will keep the classic meat pie sealed as it fries (or bakes).

A brush adding egg wash to the edges of the unsealed meat pie

USE A FORK TO CRIMP AND SEAL THE EDGES

A fork is the perfect tool for sealing the dough edges.

Don’t worry if a little meat pie filling gets pinched as you’re sealing. It will still cook just fine.

We’re getting close to frying up our favorite Classic Meat Pie!

A fork crimping the edges of an uncooked classic meat pie

We have to admit that we think frying these meat pies creates the perfect classic meat pie.

However, you can also bake these in the oven and they will turn out beautifully.

If you fry them, be sure to use a large metal slotted spoon (or spider) to remove the meat pies from the oil.

Two classic meat pies being pulled from hot oil

CLASSIC MEAT PIE IS ALWAYS A CROWD FAVORITE

This recipe for Classic Meat Pie can easily be prepared ahead of time.

You can fill the meat pies and seal them, and then refrigerate for 24 hours, or freeze up to 1 week.

You can also fry (or bake) them up several hours prior to serving, and then re-heat them in the oven just before serving.

Fried classic meat pies on a baking sheet

THERE IS NOTHING MUCH BETTER THAN A CLASSIC MEAT PIE

Wesley and I have always loved a good meat pie.  So often we headed for a train in NYC, on a late night, and thought: “Well, we better grab something to eat, and it simply must be a yummy meat pie!”

You must trust us that when you and your guests bite into a homemade Classic Meat Pie…they are very likely to shout: “God, that’s good!”

Mrs. Lovett (of Sweeney Todd fame) would be jealous when you make these! They are simply the best.

Two hands splitting open a classic meat pie

Classic meat pies on a rustic baking sheet

Classic Meat Pie

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: Meat Pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 418 kcal
This classic meat pie is what it's called...CLASSIC. Oh my. So good. The pastry is incredible, as is the meat filling. Make this and enjoy!
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoke paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 bunch of scallions thinly sliced, about 1/2 cup
  • 5 dashes of Louisiana hot sauce
  • Pie Dough
  • 1 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in your deep fryer, or a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the salt, cayenne, paprika, chili powder, white pepper. cumin, and black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle over the beef.
  4. Cook in a large skillet or medium high heat heat for about 8 minutes.
  5. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, tomatoes, dried thyme, bay leaves, and Worcestershire sauce and cook, stirring for an extra 15 minutes, until most of the juices have evaporated an the veggies have softened.
  6. Dust the flour over the meat and add the water, stirring to combine (this will tighten up the mixture).
  7. Stir in the scallion and hot sauce and transfer the mixture to a baking pan.
  8. Line two baking pans with parchment paper and a dusting of flour.
  9. Divide the dough into to four even sections.
  10. Return the 3 sections back to the fridge.
  11. Dust your counter with flour and roll out the first section until it's just under a 1/4 inch thick.
  12. Use a 4 inch biscuit cutter (or a lid of a jar) to cut the dough into rounds.
  13. Lightly brush the outer edges of each round with the egg wash.
  14. Place 2 tablespoons of the the filling in the center of each round.
  15. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half circle.
  16. Using the back side of a fork, press around the edges to seal the pie.
  17. Transfer the pies to the prepared baking sheet
  18. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  19. To fry the pies, heat your deep fryer, or, 2 1/2 inches of oil in a large case iron skillet to 350 F.  (Or, heat your oven to 350° F.)

  20. Fry the chilled pies in batches.  (Or, bake in oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until pies are golden brown and disregard the next two steps).

  21. Drain on paper towels.
  22. Keep warm in oven as you fry up the other pies.

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15 Comments

  • Delicious! I baked mine and froze some to hopefully be fried at a later date! Seems like the perfect do ahead Party appetizer. Also thank you for the encouragement to make pie crust. It was delicious and easier than I thought it would be.

    • Hi Cait!! That is so fantastic to hear! Baking them is a wonderful way to prepare these. And freezing will work perfectly for you. And congrats on making your own pie dough! That’s so awesome and really does take them to another level, right? And thanks very much for letting us know. That truly means the world to us. Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Do you store any left over pies in the refrigerator or in the freezer?
    These look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make them. Thank you.

  • Do you store any leftover pies in the refrigerator or do you freeze them?
    These look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make them.

    • Hi Darlene!! So sorry for the delayed response. Once the pies are fried (or baked), they’ll stay best in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. I’ve honestly never frozen them once they’ve been cooked, but they should be okay for up to a month. I’d suggest letting them thaw and then re-heat in the oven to crisp them back up. Of course, they won’t be a good when they are fresh, but they’ll still be delicious. The pies do freeze perfectly before you fry them, too. Make a batch, but don’t fry or bake them, then freeze them, then let them thaw and then cook. They’ll be super delicious. Hope this helps and let us know if you make them and what you think!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • If you look at the ingredients at the bottom it says Pie Dough click on it and it will take you to the recipe. I was also thinking while I was watching the video that it might taste good if you add cheese to the pies before you close them up.

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