Friday, 27 September 2013


“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” - Vince Lombardi

As tomorrow is the Australian Rules Football Grand Final in Melbourne, with the Western Australia side, Fremantle playing against the Victorian side, Hawthorn, the recipe today is for traditional Aussie meat pies. This is the standard fare during the game, served with lots of tomato sauce. I guess you can always make it vegetarian by substituting stewed lentils for the minced meat, but the sportspeople would consider it sacrilegious!

Aussie Meat Pies


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
500g lean beef mince
1 tablespoon cornflour
3/4 cup beef stock
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
1 tsp salt
Finely ground pepper, mace, cumin to taste
2 sheets frozen, ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, thawed
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Add mince. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon, or until browned.

Mix cornflour and 1 tablespoon of stock to form a paste. Add remaining stock. Add stock, sauces and spices to mince. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8 minutes or until thick. Cool.

Preheat oven to 220°C. Place a baking tray into oven. Grease 4 x 8cm base measurement pie pans.

Cut 4 x 15cm circles from shortcrust pastry. Use to line bases and sides of pans. Fill with mince. Brush rims with water. Cut 4 x 15cm circles from puff pastry. Place over meat. Press to seal. Trim. Brush with egg. Season.

Place pies onto hot tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.


  1. oooh that looks delicious!

    thank you so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Nick
    enjoy the rest of the week!