The humble meat pie is as Aussie as it gets. While Americans love hamburgers, Australians love their meat pies and sausage rolls more.
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We are the world’s biggest consumer of meat pies with over 250,000,000 eaten each year.
The traditional Aussie meat pie is about 15cm (6 inches) in diameter, just large enough to hold in one hand and often tomato sauce is liberally poured on top
The filling is diced or minced beef or chicken with enough thick gravy inside to keep it together.
Meat pies are found in take away shops, bakeries and most everywhere else.
You can also buy Sargents, Aussie Pies, & Four ‘n Twenty brands of meat pies in the frozen food section of our grocery stores.
It might surprise you to know that Four ‘n Twenty produces 50,000 pies per hour. We told you that Aussies like their meat pies!
The original settlers in Australia preferred low-cost, plentiful mutton as the meat for their pies.
Beef is now the meat of choice in pies with a variety of styles: steak and onion, beef and tomato and onion, beef and vegetables, chicken and vegetables and others.
For our American friends
When you buy an American pot pie in the frozen food section of the grocery store, it comes in a foil pie pan which you cook it in. You eat the pot pie with a fork because the pastry is too thin to pick it up.
The Aussie meat pie is also available frozen, but has no pie pan. You put it straight onto the baking tray (cookie sheet) and bake. You don’t need a fork to eat it. Just pick it up in your hands when it’s cool enough to handle.
Australian Meat Pies
There are many ways to make
Makes 6 individual pies, about 15cm (6 inches) in diameter
a. Filling – Ingredients
a. Filling – Method
b. Pastry Bottom – Ingredients
b. Pastry Bottom – Method
c. Pastry Top – Ingredient
d. The Pie – Method
e. Cooking – Method
Bake pies at 180° C ( 375° F) for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve hot with tomato sauce on top.
We hope you enjoy this recipe!