Tuesday 9 December 2014

Family Meat Pie

2 sheets of puff pastry
400 grams of beef mince
3 tablespoons of gravy powder
3 teaspoons of onion flakes or one small onion diced
Salt, pepper and parsley to taste
2 tablespoons of corn flour
1 1/4 cup of water
2 medium / large potatoes peeled and diced into small cubes
1 egg beaten

Cook mince and drain off any fat. Add onion, salt, pepper and parsley. Sprinkle gravy powder over meat and mix in well In a cup mix the corn flour and water. Add to the mince and stir until meat thickens. Let the meat cool.

Place one sheet of puff pastry into a greased round pie plate. Cut the corners off the second pastry sheet and place these triangles onto the edges of the first sheet to give it a more rounded look. Spoon the meat onto the pastry pushing down and evening it out. Place cubed potato on top. Add the pastry lid and roll and fold the edges down. Brush the top with egg and spike the lid with a skewer. Cook in an oven at 190 degrees celcius for one hour.

Serves 4 people with vegies on the side. Can be frozen if fresh meat is used and cooked.

The meat for the pie can be made in bulk ahead of time and frozen into portion sizes.

Pie straight out of the oven

Meat I'd already cooked ,  frozen and defrosted

Cutting the potato into small cubes

Please take note of the pastry for the bottom.

Ready for the oven

It is really filling

A close up.  Sorry,  there was lots of steam.


  1. Hi Wendy, looks delicious! Are the potatoes par cooked or you just put them in raw and they cook in the oven? And is the gravy powder the recipe you gave us a while ago? Thanks Maureen

    1. The potatoes are raw and yes, I use the gravy powder recipe I gave you a while ago on the blog. You can use store bought too.

  2. Rosie has left a comment but I'm having trouble publishing it.

    She says " Sounds delicious Wendy. Thanks for sharing. Rosie

  3. Hi Wendy. The pie looks delicious! I think i will give this a go tonight.
    I'm wondering whether you can post your monthly shopping list that way we can see item for item what you buy for $300.
    Switching to Aldi has saved us hundreds of dollars already, but our average monthly bill still comes in around $700.
    This is for myself, my fiance, 2 puppies and 2 cats.
    For my fiance and i we spend about $500 and the $200 is used on the animals.

    Any tips you can give me on ways i can cut down that cost further?

    Love your blog and love your interviews on ACA.. cant wait to see the Christmas one!


    1. I'll do a shopping list in the new year some time. I've been stockpiling for the last few months. The next couple of months I won't be buying much.

      I great place to start is to menu plan. Here's the link to the post on this subject http://myabundantlife07.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/menu-planning.html.

      Maybe you need to look at what you are eating. Are you throwing out food ? Are you only buying brand names ? Are you buying ready made food ? You don't need to answer these questions here but maybe have a think about it.

    2. Excellent, thanks Wendy!
      I am also trying to stockpile whenever i see a bargain!

      I've started to menu plan, i am doing a fortnight to start off with and see how i go, but definitely want to do a monthly one.

      We tend to throw out a little bit of food but not very much, we buy a mixture of home brand and big brand names when they are on special.
      I buy all our meats in bulk at Tasman Meats and all my fruit/veg from our local fruit shop.

      I think our problem is buying snacks, when i should be making them from scratch and working out really what is a necessity and a luxury item!

      Thanks for your help!

      When should we look out for your Christmas special on tv?


    3. Hopefully the story will be on next week.

  4. I'll keep an eye out!

    Thanks Wendy,
    Have a lovely day

  5. Your pie looks yum Wendy! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will save it and try making for my family very soon. I am always looking for lunch ideas other than sandwiches and I think this pie would be perfect :)

    We call ourselves the Home Brand family. There is not too much in my trolley that is not home brand. It started when my children were little and we were very short of money, and it continues on today even though they are all grown up. Rumour has it that we will be one of the places in South Australia to get an Aldi store, fingers crossed that this turns out to be correct :)


  6. This looks delicious and I will be making it tonight for dinner. I made the washing powder and I am very impressed. I don't think I'll ever buy washing powder again. Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    I look forward to all your posts. Take care.

  7. Hi Wendy
    That pie loooks delicious and I'll be making that this Friday to eat on Saturday as we have a very busy weekend ahead. Also I've been reading in your blog that you regularly make pita chips but couldn't find it in your recipe file they sound nice but how do you make them?

    1. Cut up the pita bread with kitchen scissors. Spread onto baking trays. Don't let any overlap. Bake for 20 minutes at 150 degrees.

    2. That sound so easy, even the kids will be able to make them. Do you flavour them? And how long can you store them?
      Thank you again Wendy for sharing

    3. HI Wendy,
      This sounds lovely. Will be making it over the weekend.
      Are you able to post some other main meal recipes?

      Thanks & have a great weekend.

    4. All my main meals will be posted at some stage. I'm trying to mix them up to keep everyone happy.

      Welcome to my blog.

    5. Kathleen, the pie doean't really need flavour as the gravy and seasonings seem to be enough. You could add mushrooms or leftover vegies.


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