Appetizer Recipes

Creole mini meat pies

July 5, 2012

With summer inevitably comes backyard BBQs and the need for some tasty finger food to enjoy out on the patio. These tiny Creole mini meat pies are the perfect addition to your spread and best enjoyed eaten with one hand while holding a cold beer in the other.

The ground beef is cooked with herbs and a bit of chili powder for that little kick and Creole flavor. The use of frozen puff pastry sheets makes these savory bites a quick hors d’oeuvres to put together and can even be prepared in advance – just pop them in the oven when your guests have arrived. Delicious on their own, they get truly addictive with a spicy mustard dip on the side.

Creole mini meat pies

Adapted from Creole
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Makes 4 servings (8 mini pies)
 
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 sprig flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Pinch chili powder
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 cup (250g) ground beef
Salt and black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 roll puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
 

Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan then gently fry the parsley, chili powder, garlic, shallot and scallions for 2 minutes.

Creole Mini Meat Pies

Add the ground beef, stirring vigorously to mix thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes more then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Creole Mini Meat Pies

Sprinkle the work surface with a little flour then spread out the puff pastry. Using a pastry cutter, cut out approximately 16 2¼inch (6cm) circles.

Creole Mini Meat Pies

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place a tablespoonful of the cooled filling in the middle of half of the pastry discs, then cover with the remaining discs. Seal the edges well using a fork.

Creole Mini Meat Pies

Brush the egg over each pie. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Creole Mini Meat Pies

Creole Mini Meat Pies

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  • Alan July 6, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Mouthwatering!

  • mattt July 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for promoting French Caribbean cuisine Sandra!! :)
    Looks delicious.

    • Sandra July 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

      My pleasure Matt! This is the closest I’ll get to an island this summer – a good way to curb my cravings minus the beach!

  • Patricia February 9, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I love this creole recipe!!:)

  • Patricia February 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Add a little Slapyamama to it!!:)

  • Bernadette April 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    will try this….will love to learn to make my own dough.