Irish Meat Hand Pies

Irish Meat Hand Pies Perfectly Portable Perfectly Irish! This is a great recipe to eat year round. Serve to company and they will think it took you all day only you know the secret how easy they are

No we are not talking Mrs. Lovett’s Meat Pies! Sweeny Todd has not made a visit to our home, no worries here.  These are just gorgeous, tasty, wonderful, portable food. These are actually called Dingle Pies.  I re-named them as I just didn’t think that name would go over very well with an American Audience.  These Dingle pies are actually made with lamb, but as that is not as readily available here I used beef.  Let me tell you I really prefer lamb. Like I could eat lamb everyday of my life. This is coming from the girl who really only eats red meat because I live with 2 men.  I could go the rest of my life and never have another piece of cow touch my lips and never think twice. So when I say I love lamb you get how much that really means! As good as this pie looks and as good as it tasted it would be phenomenal with lamb.

Irish Meat Hand Pies Perfectly Portable Perfectly Irish! This is a great recipe to eat year round. Serve to company and they will think it took you all day only you know the secret how easy they are

So a bit about that name Dingle.  Well it is a county in Ireland, and these hand pies are famous in this area.  August 1st marks Lammas Day an Anglo Saxon (go figure) traditional  first day of the Harvest.  These pies are a big portion of the food served at Lammas Festivals in the county of Dingle.  Hence, Dingle Pies.  Still I think I’ll call  them meat hand pies, I am sure you can guess at all the fun my hubby and the boy had with this name. Funny name aside these are an entire meal all wrapped up in a delicious flakey crust! Inside there is tasty little cubes of meat, potatoes, carrots, celery and spices.  I love watching the steam come out when you make the first cut into the pie. You just know that you are about to dig into something really special.   We ate them with a knife and fork of course but the main reason that they were made like this was so they could be transported and eaten like a sandwich  so there’s the name Hand Pie.  Just a note on the side… the 20 year old ate them with his hands.  Oh well….

Irish Meat Hand Pies Perfectly Portable Perfectly Irish! This is a great recipe to eat year round. Serve to company and they will think it took you all day only you know the secret how easy they are

Look at that crisp buttery crust.  You know that you just want to dive in and eat the whole thing! These are great for a dinner party as you don’t really have to serve many, or any for that matter, side dishes.  Plus they look really fancy and your guests will think that you slaved over them all day.  Guess what you won’t have to as these are really easy to make! They are a little time consuming but still easy. To make the pies you need 2 plates as guides to cut the circles.  One needs to be smaller than the other.  For the bottom I used a small dessert plate and for the top layer I used a saucer.  Just use ready to use Pillsbury Pie Crusts. (Don’t use a generic brand, it has to be Pillsbury to get this amazing golden flakey crust)  I bet that you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Another really good thing about this meal? Super easy left overs, just pop the pie in the oven and re-heat.  I did accidently  make more meat and veg filling than I had pie crusts for, so I just mixed in some cream of celery soup and made mini pot pies in ramekins!

Irish Meat Hand Pies Perfectly Portable Perfectly Irish! This is a great recipe to eat year round. Serve to company and they will think it took you all day only you know the secret how easy they are

So cute huh? These were the perfect lunch the next day with a green side salad. The mini pot pies are just as portable as the meat pies. Taken to work in your lunch or just to serve as heavy after school snack these mini pot pies are just as good on their own!

Irish Meat Hand Pies Perfectly Portable Perfectly Irish! This is a great recipe to eat year round. Serve to company and they will think it took you all day only you know the secret how easy they are

Irish Meat Hand Pies

Irish Meat Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Pillsbury Pie Crusts
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 2 russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery sticks diced
  • 1 lb (or more) chuck or round steak cubed
  • Salt, Pepper, onion and garlic powders to taste (not sure what your taste is go with 1 tsp each)
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  • In a skillet combine onion, celery potatoes, carrots, salt let the veg sweat and soften up a little
  • once sweated add the meat in and the pepper, onion and garlic powders
  • let cook for 3 min (taste and adjust seasoning as needed)
  • remove skillet and let the mixture cool. (I placed it in the fridge. The heat will melt and turn your crust soggy. So chilling is important.
  • roll out each round of the pie crust (2 packages make 4 rounds)
  • Place the dessert dish and trace with a paring knife
  • gather up pie scrap and re roll and cut the smaller round using a saucer
  • do this to all 4 rounds out of the package
  • (Each round makes one complete pie with a little scrap left over for decorative cut outs and enough to make the little pot pies)
  • Pre heat to 350
  • Once cool place approx 1/4 cup mixture in the center of each large pie crust circle
  • place the smaller pie crust circle on top of the mixture
  • roll up the sides of the larger over the edge of the smaller to complete the pie crimp with fingers to secure
  • pierce a hole in the top to let the steam vent while cooking
  • brush the tops and rolled sides with the beaten egg for a more golden top
  • Gently place pies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 50 min
  • they are best served hot out of the oven but as they were designed to be portable in the 1400's you can also eat them cold.
  • Enjoy!
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  2. Those look amazing!!! I love the stories behind the food :) We can only purchase lamb around Easter, so I am looking forward to making these!
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  3. These remind me of the cornish pasties we would get in England when I was a kid. Boy do I miss those. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures
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  4. These look Good and your crust is so pretty! Love you to share Tuesday at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
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  5. I’ve only made something similar to these hand pies once before and although they tasted delicious they were not pretty to look at. Great job on making them look lovely ~ and your photos are lovely, too. I’m going to make these using your recipe and your method of keeping them round instead of folding them over. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  6. Chandra, thank you for sharing the interesting Irish food lore this week. I have learned something new from each post. Your meat pies are beautiful. I had to immediately skip down to the recipe to find out how you got that edge. Can’t wait to try this ( and tweak a couple for the veggie daughter in the house). :)
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  7. How cute! These look so tasty. :-)
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  8. I love the name Irish meat hand pies way better than Dingle too! 😛 I think lamb would be wonderful in here, although I don’t mind beef either. I love that you make these as both hand pies and also serve in those cute ramekins. :) So adorable.
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  9. Those are really pretty! I love, love, love lamb but it’s SO expensive here! Beef is a great sub. Love this recipe!
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  10. Wow these hand pies look unbelievable!!! So cute and I bet it super delicious! I’m hosting a recipe link up party on my blog and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!!
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  11. the crust is gorgeous – storebought saves me SO much time when I need it! my fiance would love these!
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  12. Ooh, these look like they turned out SO good. That flaky, buttery crust looks just amazing. WANT!
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  13. You had me with store bought pie crusts. I was looking at your beautiful pictures thinking I could never make my crust turn out so beautiful. Then when I read the ingredients I thought “Wow! I can do this!” Thanks for sharing the story about Dingle Pies.

    Linda
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