Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beefy button top mini pies


As you may or may not know, Saturdays are my blog cooking days. Everything I post on a Tuesday and a Friday are made in advance from the Saturday before. However this weekend was a bit different. Not only did I have the flu but it was my cousins birthday weekend and we went to a lovely, quaint cottage by the seaside to relax. I had every intention of coming back on Sunday and preparing the recipes for the week. However the flu was really not allowing my body to do anything I had planned. I was truly on the verge of not making a post at all but felt much better waking up this morning. So this recipe you’re seeing today was actually made this morning.

If you like beef patties you should like these a lot. The filling is very meaty and flavorful. And if you really want to go the extra mile, you can put these into a flaky patty crust and make some delicious beef patties (click here for crust). I however in my semi sick state wanted something a bit simpler. So I ventured into the ‘just add water’ territory and made a quick pizza crust dough to fill with the delicious beef.

If you rather pie crust dough you can use that instead however I like the crispiness of the pizza dough hence I used it instead of the pie crust. It’s a nice bite, worth the time it takes to make. Add some mozzarella cheese to the filling before baking for a little something extra.

Ingredients (printable recipe)

Beef patty filling
½ onions
3 cloves garlic
7 scallion stalks
1 teaspoon allspice berries
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
¼ cup water
1 lb beef
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½ tablespoon oil
1 cup beef stock
8 blended crackers
1 teaspoon browning

1 Pillsbury pizza dough mix
½ cup Hot water
Oil for brushing


Beef filling
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • Prepare the pizza dough and set aside
  • Blend together onion, garlic, scallion, allspice berries, thyme leaves, and water
  • In a dish lightly mix the ground beef, salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper
  • In a deep pot heat the oil add the beef and sauté for a few minutes until all the beef has started to cook
  • Once there is no red left in the beef add the blended onion mixture and the crackers cover over a low flame and allow to cook for 3 minutes
  • Stir in the beef stock, cover and allow to cook again for another 5 minutes. The beef could be creamy and have a green/grayish tint
  • Remove from the heat and thoroughly mix in the browning to get a really nice color on the beef filling
  • Set aside to cool

  • Spray a mini cupcake tray with no stick cooking spray
  • Roll out the pizza dough as large as possible and cut out 24 circles from it
  • Slightly stretch each circle by hand and place in the cupcake tray
  • Fill each with a small scoop of beef filling
  • Roll the remaining dough and cut another 24 circles from it
  • Place on the top of each, tuck in the sides
  • Use a toothpick to poke 3 to 4 holes in each top
  • Brush with some oil and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown

Addition of the browning give a great color

Rich color with browning added 

Greedy tips

  • I prefer using crackers as opposed to breadcrumbs because I find the blended crackers give a creamy texture to the filling. Bread crumbs to me soaks up all the moisture and adds nothing to the beef filling.
  • Don’t worry if the tops raise a bit from the bottom crust


Get yourself one of these cute little lunch trays/plates I got a small one and I love it, will be using it to display all my lunch ideas for the rest of the month.

Left is a small 7x9 on the right is a large 9x11

 Xoxo Greedygirl

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