Australian Meat Pie

This is a recipe I received from an Australian friend of mine. I haven’t had a chance to visit Australia yet, but I’ve been told meat pies are very popular there.

It’s the first time I made these and I have to admit that preparing the shortcrust pastry hasn’t been easy. The pastry ended up a bit crumbly and difficult to handle, but I still think it was worth making as the pies came out delicious.

Serve with ketchup!

Australian Meat Pie

Minced beef filled pastry based on an Australian / English recipe. In this recipe the shortcrust is made from scratch, but store-bought puff pastry is used. You could also replace the beef stock with chicken stock.


12 servings

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Australian Meat Pie


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 500 grams minced beef
  • 2 bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, partially thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Shortcrust Pastry

  • 200 grams flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. To prepare the shortcrust pastry. Chop the butter into small pieces and and mix with the flour, salt and egg yolk.
  2. Knead the dough for a few minutes and then form a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  3. Heat oil in pan, add onion and bacon. Stir 2-3 min until golden.
  4. Add minced beef and stir 5-10 minutes until brown.
  5. Add flour and tomato paste. Stir 1 minute until all combined and then add stock and thyme. Continue stirring and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to med/low and simmer 25-30 mins until sauce is thick and meat tender. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/180°C (fan forced).
  8. Roll the shortcrust pastry to ½ cm thickness and line 12 round pie moulds (7½cm) with shortcrust pastry made earlier. Trim the sides. Fill the moulds with prepared beef and close the moulds with the puff pastry. Seal the edges pushing with a fork. Use a sharp knife to make a small cross in the top of the pie.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with the egg-wash. Put in oven and bake for 25-30 mins.
  10. Let the pies cool down on the rack for about 15 minutes.
  11. Done! Serve with tomato sauce.

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