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Throw-Together Pies

There's one major thing to know about my family - if my Dad is cooking dinner, run away.  Run far away.  He tends to cook like this: "ooooh let's chuck everything I can reach into a pan and fry it up".  He's also known for putting sultanas in every. single. recipe.  (Oh, I mean everything)

When Mum was on a short holiday with her friend, I whipped up dinner, so we (my brother and I) wouldn't have to eat Dad's cooking...

I invented this recipe, in an effort to use up the remaining frozen pastry we had in the freezer (from the apple pies I made a few days prior).

  • 1 cup frozen veggies (used the "garden veggies" one, it had peas, corns, capsicum and celery)
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 3/4 cup gravy
  • Pre-made pie pastry
  • Chilli powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180oC
  2. Peel and dice the onion and carrots.  Half cook the frozen veggies according to packet directions.
  3. Fry onion in the pan until soft, then add mince.  Brown the mince, before adding frozen veggies and diced carrot.
  4. Prepare gravy according to directions, and then add to pan.
  5. Grease muffin trays well, and quarter pastry sheets and put them into the muffin trays.
  6. Fill the pastries with 2 tablespoons of mince mixture and a little bit of gravy.  Fold extra pastry over the top of the mince mixture to enclose.  Top with a sprinkle of chilli powder.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes, and cool in tin for 5 minutes.
That's my first original recipe, I hope it makes sense!  The amount of gravy might still need to be reduced, I added it in for flavor, and I used a cup and it need to be reduced.

Until next time,


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