Turkey

Meat Pies

Okay….so I wanted to make an easy to eat, hand held meal, that was hardy and tasty

I found some store bought empanadas shells and an idea was born

I would make some kind of meat pie.  Something that you could just grab and eat on that busy school night

And they would love me for them (my kids that is)

Okay… enough of the drama… these are really great and I guarantee your family, will indeed, love them

Lets start with 1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, 1 onion and 4 garlic cloves

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Peel the onion and give everybody a nice chop

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Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat

Add in the onion, peppers and garlic

Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Cook 6-8 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften and the onions begin to look translucent

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I’m making a large batch, so I’m using 3 pounds of ground turkey, you can use whatever ground meat you like

If using ground beef drain off some of the fat after cooking it

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Add the meat to the pan, brown and break up into smaller pieces as you go, cooking around 8-10 minutes

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Now for some flavor

We will need 1/2 cup of Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 cup of sofrito, 1/4 cup of Gravy Master and 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder

Sofrito is a Spanish style sauce made up of onions, garlic, tomatoes and paprika that is cooked down

You can make your own or look for it in the International section of most supermarkets

Note:  If  your cooking with less meat, adjust the Worcestershire Sauce and Gravy Master as they can be strong flavors

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Add all of these ingredients to the meat

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Give everybody a stir to incorporate

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Bring the meat to a low simmer and cook 10-12 minutes to allow the flavors to meld

Remove from the heat and set aside

Taste and re-season with kosher salt and ground black pepper as needed

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Next let’s grate 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese (white or orange, it doesn’t matter)

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Add this to the meat mixture and stir to combine

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The cheese will add a tasty creaminess to the meat as well as help to bind it

Allow the mixture to cool a bit

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I love fresh herbs in my food so I’m going to use around 1 cup of parsley

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Give the parsley a fine chop and sprinkle over the meat

Stir it up to combine

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Okay, now it is time to make some meat pies

I’m using Goya empanada shells for this recipe (a short cut) which come in either orange or white

I’m using the orange for extra color though there really isn’t much difference in taste

 You may find white or orange at the store in the frozen section and either or will work fine

I’m using the grande (large) which will yield 20 meat pies

Start with a clean work surface and place a disc down

Using a 1/3 measuring cup scoop out the meat mixture from the pan

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Place the meat mixture in the center of the disc

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 Using water rub the outer edge of the disc all the way around

Pull the outer edges together and gently pinch them to form a pocket

Place the pie on the cutting board and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the pie all the way around the seam

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Place on a sheet pan lined with a Silpat mat or sprayed with cooking oil

Repeat until you have used up the meat mixture

Next we will need 1 large egg whisked to use as an egg wash which will help them to brown

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Using your fingers rub all the meat pies with the egg wash

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While the egg wash is still wet, sprinkle each pie with some kosher salt

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Place these in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until they are nicely browned

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Remove them from the oven and allow to rest a few minutes

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Serve these with your favorite dipping sauce

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Meat Pies

  • Servings: 20
  • Time: Prep and Cook 30 Min Bake 20-25 Min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

1 onion

4 garlic cloves

3 pounds of ground turkey (or whatever you like)

1/2 cup of Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 cup of sofrito

1/4 cup of Gravy Master

1 teaspoon each of kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder

1 – 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese (grated)

1 cup of fresh parsley chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 packages or 20 grande (large) empanadas shells

Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add in 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 1 chopped green bell pepper and 4 chopped garlic cloves Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.  Cook until tender and lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes

Add in 3 pounds of ground turkey to the pan and brown and break up into smaller pieces as you go, cooking around 8-10 minutes.  Once the meat is browned add in 1/2 cup of Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 cup of sofrito, 1/4 cup of Gravy Master and 1 teaspoon each of kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.  Mix everybody together.  Bring the meat to a low simmer and cook 10-12 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.  Remove from the heat and set aside.  Taste and re-season with kosher salt and ground black pepper as needed

Grate 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese.  Add this to the meat mixture and stir to combine.  Allow the mixture to cool a bit.  Finely chop 1 cup of fresh parsley a fine chop and sprinkle over the meat.  Stir it up to combine

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Start with a clean work surface and place a Goya empanada disc down.  Using a 1/3 measuring cup scoop out the meat mixture from the pan.  Place the meat mixture in the center of the disc

Using water rub the outer edge of the disc all the way around.  Pull the outer edges together and gently pinch them to form a pocket.  Place the pie on the cutting board and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the pie all the way around the seam.  Place on a sheet pan lined with a Silpat mat or sprayed with cooking oil.  Repeat until you have used up the meat mixture

Whisk 1 large egg for an egg wash and using your fingers, or a brush, coat each pie, this will help them brown nicely.  Sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt over the top of each one

Place your pies in the oven and cook 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest a few minutes

Simply Bamboo Cutting Board

Architec Gripperwood Cutting Board

Royal Classique Measuring Cups

ZYLISS Quik Blend Whisk

Lodge Cast Iron Pan

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2 comments on “Meat Pies

  1. Robert Rodriguez

    These looks delicious. This is a staple in my house. Been eating these since a kid when my grandma made them. I need to share with you our recipe for homemade sofrito…big difference;).

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