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Friday, January 10

MEATPIES RECIPE WITH A TWIST

Hello everyone!! This is another revamp from a post in 2013: I wanted to re-do it for better pictures and update the recipe.

Meat pies are a popular snack enjoyed by Africans and Nigerians all over the world it is quite similar to the British Meat-pie but different depending on the ingredients and looks different too.

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BUT the Nigerian Meat pies are very popular and delicious! and here is my recipe!!

My recipe is a bit different from regular meat-pie recipes because:
+ I use a mixture of beef and pork instead of just beef: I find that the fats in the pork take in the flavor  much more
+ I add more egg whites to the crust: Makes it flakier and prevents the need to add water to the dough
+ I use sweet potatoes: I like the sweet and savory taste sweet potatoes give instead of regular white potatoes- tried this by accident when I once ran out of regular potatoes and I haven't looked back ever since. sometimes I use half sweet half regular
+ Salted butter. It makes it crumbly, and it makes the crust tasty. I prefer Kerrygold Irish Salted Butter.


SERVINGS: 25-50

TIME ESTIMATED: Prep 1-2 hours, Bake 30-40min

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

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THE DOUGH
+ 6 C. flour
+ 5 eggs (separate 2 eggs aside)
+ 1.5 tsp. Baking soda
+ 3 C. Salted butter
+ a pinch of salt
+ extra flour for kneading

THE MEAT MIXTURE
+ 6 C. ground meat (300-500g) OR one small roll of store-bought ground pork and one small roll of ground beef
+ 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes (or 2 sweet potatoes one regular)
+ 1.5 tsp. garlic (minced or grated)
+ 1.5  tbs. ginger (minced or grated)
+ 2 C. carrots (chopped into tiny cubes)-(easier to get a pack of julienned carrots and just chop them)
+ 1/2 a large white or yellow onion (chopped into tiny cubes)
+ 1 tbs. of grapeseed oil
+ A dash of Seasoning you choose to add (chicken broth powder (2 tsp or more), Cameroonian pepper, Thai pepper flakes)
+ A cup of water


COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

THE DOUGH
+ Combine the flour, dash of salt, and baking soda together. mix thoroughly
+ In two separate bowls, separate 2 egg yolks and whites
+ In the bowl with the whites add the remaining three eggs and whisk it
+ Add margarine to the eggs and mix evenly with a mixer
+ Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture till its a thick dough with your hands
+ Knead the dough till it’s a nice thick but malleable texture
+ Cover the dough in clear wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 min-1h while you make the meat mixture (the longer you leave it in, the more it would rise and the more meat pies you have)
+ Preheat oven to 335F

THE MEAT MIXTURE

+ Dice the garlic and chop the onions, grate the ginger


+ Slice the julienned carrots into smaller pieces
+ Dice the potatoes into little cubes (about .5 inch or 1-centimeter length).
+ Add the oil to a large pan and fry the garlic and onions on medium heat till the garlic is caramelized
+ Then add the meat, and spices, add the broth powder to taste, and cook until the meat is done

+ Finally add the potatoes and the water and steam the potatoes covering it on low heat till it gets soft

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
+ In a bowl mix the two egg yolks together
+ Lay cutting board with dry flour and rub some on your rolling pin and your palms as well


+ Roll out some dough and flatten it-it should not be too thick. Cut the dough into a circle with the cover of a small saucepan or bowl
+ Add a few tablespoons of the mixture in the bottom crescent of the circle and then brush some egg yolk on the crescent edge to seal it then fold the circle over
+ Use a fork to seal the edge of the semi-circle by pressing the fork on it
+ Place in a pre-greased cookie pan
+ Repeat for every circle you make until all dough is finished



+ Place all the meat pies with a little space in-between each one, brush all of them with the egg yolk using a pastry brush, and bake until slightly brown for 35-40 minutes







Serve and enjoy!

Thanks for reading!! 
Ore :)



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