Little Meat and Potato Pie

I love making pies. When I was little, I remember being in the kitchen with my grandmother and watch her make pies on different occasions. The sight of her making the pie crust from scratch with her delicate hands feels somewhat soothing to me. And when I became older enough to handle my own pastry from scratch, my soothing theory was instantly validated.These cute little pies are similar to the traditional shepherd’s pie concept, except for the rich and buttery pastry cases that holds the meat and potatoes together. You can be really creative here and add any filling you want. Take this to your loved ones or your neighbors. If you’re are living somewhere really nice and warm right now, then take this out to your picnic. Or if it’s freezing outside, then eat this by your fireplace. I packed mine up in a container and took it to the movies. It was pretty darn romantic, really.

Little Meat and Potato Pie
Pie Crust
  1. 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 3/4 cup cold butter cut in cubes
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 1/4 cup ice water, approximately

In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt. Then add in the cold butter and rub in with flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Add in the egg yolk and enough water to make the dough cling together. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
Wrap in plastic and let it rest in refrigerator for half an hour or until you’re ready to use. Roll out pastry dough on floured surface. Cut out twelve 3 1/2 inch rounds using a glass or pastry cutter; then gently press the pastry into the greased muffin pan.
Spoon the filling into the pastry cases and then top it with the mashed potato topping.
Bake pies in a preheated oven on 350F for 30 minutes or until the crust and the potato tops are nice and golden. Allow the pies to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Meat Filling
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup of chopped red onions
  3. 1/4 cup of chopped celery
  4. 1/2 cup of carrots, finely chopped
  5. 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  7. salt and pepper
  8. 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  9. 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour