Beef Mince and Vegetable pie

I loved the good old Aussie meat pies. LOVED them. Knew exactly what went into the prepackaged pies and continued to eat them, preferring to turn a blind eye to the list of ingredients, the ‘meat’ or lack of.

I talk in past tense because of an unfortunate incident one day that combined too much alcohol and a late night Harry De Wheels ‘Tiger’ that I was made to taste twice. Blah.

The pie was delicious, but once you associate a smell with being sick it’s really hard to go back for more and it’ll stay with you forever.

Should I be talking about vomit on a food blog? No, definitely not, wrong wrong wrong, however I’m pretty sure I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last person to have enjoyed a food item and can’t bring themselves to eat it anymore.

So, to fill the pie void, I started making my own and now I’ll never go back to those awful gravy and fat filled road kill meat labelled ‘beef pies’.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

Beef Mince and Veggie Pie. Makes 2 large pies. An original Gourmet Wog recipe.

  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • Sesame seeds

Start by cubing your carrots, potatoes, onions and slicing up your mushrooms. Make sure the potatoes and carrots are cut up a similar size, as small as you can get them.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

sauté onions in the olive oil in a large pan until translucent and add the mince, breaking it up into small pieces until nice and brown.  Add all your vegetables except for the peas and season well with salt and pepper. Add cinnamon, and ½ glass of water. Bring it to the boil and then cover and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes or until the potato is half cooked. Remove the lid and let the liquid cook down for a further 10 minutes.

Combine the corn flour with ¼ cup of cold water until it makes a paste. Mix it into the beef and veg mix and stir well. Take it off the heat and let the mixture cool down.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

Preheat the oven at 190 Degrees Celsius.  Remove 4 sheets of puff pastry from the freezer and allow them to thaw for 10 minutes. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

Place half the cooled down mixture onto the middle of a puff pastry sheet. Don’t completely cover the pastry, leave a 1cm border around the edges. Top with the second sheet to make a pie. Use your fork to seal the edges. Repeat to make the second pie.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

Whisk the egg and brush over both pies evenly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie

Serve with a green salad for a healthy and light lunch.

beef and vegetable puff pastry pie


40 thoughts on “Beef Mince and Vegetable pie

  1. Hi Lisa, I ate too many milk bottles (the lollies) and subsequent threw them all up when I was about 12 and have not touched one since 😀 BTW the meat pies look good …

  2. You gave me a good chuckle, Lisa. It’s not everyday that vomit is mentioned on a food blog. I’d like to hear more of what went on that night before that meat pie reintroduced itself. 🙂
    Your meat pie sounds delicious and is cooked to perfection. It would make a perfect meal in the wintry days to come.

  3. ugh. I don’t want to know what really is in Aussie meat pies 🙂 But I’m glad you can still eat them if you make them yourself.. once in a while when I get a craving for a bit of Aus, I’ll make my own as well.

  4. I love how easy you made the pies.. plop plop all done. I’ve been messing with shortcrust on the bottom, fit it in the little pans, fiddle with the puff pastry on top. I will give this a try. I’ve always used non-minced beef but yours looks too good not to try this much easier method.

  5. The mind is interesting isn’t it?. This pie would be welcomed with loving arms at my house. It looks perfect and not at all like a HCdeW Tiger

  6. That night out doesn’t sound like it ended too well! I have actually never had a pie for Harry’s Cafe de Wheels – must fix that. I love pies and sausage rolls – they’re a weakness. What a great way to make a pie! I’m very impressed. What a great mid-week winter’s meal xx

  7. My husband has been banging on about savoury mince lately – I think this pie would keep him happy (and it looks SO easy too which is a big double thumbs up in my book). You’ve been PINNED!

  8. Hi Lisa I have been enjoying your blog for a while now. This recipe sounds lovely and definitely will be tried very soon. Also love the idea of doing pies flat on a tray rather than in a pie dish. Kay

  9. This looks DELICIOUS! I got sick after eating an avocado once and it took me years before I could eat that creamy vegetable. This meat pie looks just amazing. I will be recreating it soon!

  10. Oh Lisa, You are too funny and I am with you – can eat my body weight in pies. And did to at uni in Sydney! Cheap and good – a broke students best friend. Love your version and puff pastry is such a good and quick solution. Yours is just delightful….

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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