Friday, March 13, 2009

Irish Beef Hand Pies

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This is my second Irish meal of the week, this one with totally different flavors than the Irish Corned-Beef and Cabbage Pizza, but just as satisfyingly good!  Where does my love for Irish food come from? I think it’s partially my Irish heritage from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family (she was from the Tanner family line) but it’s also greatly due to 15 days I got to spend traveling across Ireland for a college study-abroad coarse on Irish Literature.




Back to the Irish Beef Hand Pies, I read online from other cooks that these were a bit bland so I tweaked the recipe by being sure to properly season the dish every time I added a new layer of flavor.  I also doubled the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and tomato paste and added dijion mustard.  Lastly, I made it healthier by using whole wheat pizza dough instead of pie crust.  Andy and I had no complaints on this dish and are looking really forward to tomorrow’s leftovers!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijion mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 rounds of whole wheat pizza dough
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.  Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. foodblog 005
  2. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, mustard, thyme, and 1 cup water, pinch more salt and pepper. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Let cool completely.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each dough round into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife or scissors, cut 1 small vent in each.foodblog 007
  4. Transfer pies to a rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.foodblog 017
  5. To Freeze: Prepare through step 2. Arrange unbaked pies on a baking sheet (they should not touch); freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Wrap each pie in foil. Place in a resealable plastic bag; freeze up to 2 months.
  6. To Bake from Frozen: Proceed with step 3, increasing baking time to 28 to 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food Magazine

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Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL photos!!!!

Steph said...

i think i am going to post a facebook badge on my site. i don't know why, haha. but anyways, i befriended you cause.. why not? haha

kels said...

if I ate beef I would totally love this!.. perhaps soy crumbles!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Great pics! I traveled around Ireland for two weeks this Summer with a friend and absolutely loved it!


Amy said...

Ooh, I'm trying this recipe this week too! I cooked up the filling yesterday, threw it in the fridge and am making the pies on Tuesday. Glad of the tip to season more... maybe I can stir a little something extra in before I bake them.