Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe

2019-11-22
4 Stars (139 Voters)
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The Nigerian meat pies are delicious pastries filled with minced meat, potato and carrots. The pastry is slightly flaky and very rich in flavor, the filling is moist and very flavorful. These meat pies are popular in west Africa and Nigeria. If you haven’t tasted the Nigerian meat pie you must try this recipe ASAP, they are the ultimate comfort food!
DIFFICULTY
Medium
YIELDS
12
PREP TIME
1½ Hours
WORK TIME
40 Minutes
RECIPE CUISINE
African
INGREDIENTS

    For the pastry:

    • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
    • 200g cold Butter, cubed
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) cold water

    For the filling:

    • 3/4 pound (350g) Ground beef
    • 1 Potato, peeled and diced into small cubes 
    • 1 Large Onion, chopped
    • 1 Large Carrot, peeled and diced
    • 1 cup (240ml) Water/beef broth
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 1 teaspoon Thyme
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 2 tablespoons Oil
    • 1 egg for brushing
DIRECTIONS

1. Make the pastry: in a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add cubed butter and rub it with the flour until you get a crumbly texture.

2. Beat 2 eggs with cold water and add it to the flour mixture, mix until dough is formed. Do not over mix! Wrap the dough with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Make the filling: in a large pan heat oil. Add onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until translucent. Add diced carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the meat and cook, breaking it apart, for 4-5 minutes, until no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and flour. stir and cook for 2 minutes more.

4. Add in cubed potatoes stir well. Pour in the water/broth. Stir.

5. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, until thickens. Set aside to cool.

6. Preheat oven to 350F (175C).

7. Divide the dough into 2-4 pieces (you also can roll the whole dough, dividing it just making it easier to work). Roll out the dough into 1/8-inch (1/4 cm) thickness. Cut out a round shape with your desired sized. Combine all the leftover dough and roll it again to make more circles.

8. Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture in the center, brush the edges with water and fold over the dough. Seal it with your fingers or with a fork. Poke the pies with a fork to create a steam outlet while baking brush the pies with beaten egg.

9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Cool slightly before serving.

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COMMENTS (19)
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    Francine
    2/28/2020

    Your dough is a mess - I don't know how anyone used it - it keeps breaking up and now I don't know what to do for his supper... I just don't understand

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    Nkem
    3/8/2020

    The dough was very fine. I almost didn't use this recipe but glad I did. You may have to check if you missed out something on the ingredient list

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    Precious A
    3/26/2020

    This dough is SOLID!! Everyone has complimented it. I used the same dough to make sausage rolls as well and it is great! Its possible you didn't mix in the butter with the flour well before adding the wet ingredients. Thanks for the recipe

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    Salma Idris
    4/19/2020

    Francine you are such a bad cook that's why

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    VICKY
    5/21/2020

    The dough is very perfect,have personally adopted it.

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    VICKY
    5/21/2020

    The dough is very perfect,have personally adopted it.

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    VICKY
    5/21/2020

    The dough is very perfect,have personally adopted it.

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    Regina
    3/21/2020

    Francine is right - this dough mix is too dry if you use the US/Standard measurements; however, if you use the metric measures, it comes out fine. I noticed a lot of recipes convert 500g of flour to 4cups. If you actually measure it properly, 500g comes out to about 3.5 to 3.75cups. If you used 4 cups of flour, it is too dry. I also took 10 mins to knead the dough to proper consistency, so don't give up after a few mins.

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    Crystal Bottger
    4/2/2020

    I agree, I made it the first time with 4cups flour and it was a little dry although it did work it was hard to work with the dough and it was dry after baking but when I reduced the flour to 3.5 cups it was wonderful, thank you for the delicious recipe!

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    olajumoke
    4/14/2020

    can groundnut oil substitute for butter in meatpie. And also what make meatpie chewable and not hard

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  • P
    Presh
    4/17/2020

    Nice pies delicious food

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    Ayomide
    4/22/2020

    Do we actually need to add sugar. But the rest of the ingredients are superb. I love it thanks for the recipe

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    Serina
    5/15/2020

    I was looking for a meat pie recipe that used butter instead of margarine. Wow! Am I glad this is the one I decided to try! Great dough! The meat pies tasted just like home!

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    Adrienne
    5/16/2020

    This recipe was fantastic! I made a plant-based version for my husband (he’s Nigerian) and wow...he was thoroughly impressed! I would highly recommend. I do agree with dough aspect. I added twice the water and egg because it was a little dry to begin with.

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    Gloroa
    5/21/2020

    Pastry came out perfectly for me. Thanks

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    Aisha haruna
    5/22/2020

    For how long this will take without spoiling?

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    Violin
    5/23/2020

    I am not done but I know its coming out perfect

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  • F
    Funke
    5/26/2020

    Recipe left out the need to oil baking tray/foil/paper. Or did I miss it?

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