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If I could choose just one pie to make in my pie maker forever, it would be pie maker meat pies. Beef is pressure cooked with red wine before being tossed in tomato paste and Worcester sauce. Loaded into mini pies with a puff pastry lid it’s the ultimate pie maker recipe.
Forget cooking on the stove, this is the gadget version and much quicker version of Aussie meat pies. Once you try one, they will become a favourite in your kitchen too.
Meat Pies In Pie Maker
I grew up with the smell of homemade pies. My mum made them for my dad all the time as it was his all time comfort food.
I rarely saw a chicken pie, it was more about the meat with the rich gravy such as steak and kidney pie, or a classic steak pie.
It would always include a puff pastry lid and he would always have it with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy.
But it wasn’t until years later, that I realised that my mum’s homemade steak pie was very similar to the classic Australian meat pie and how perfect it was for making for an easy Sunday treat.
Now if I could choose just one pie to make forever, it would be the rich meat pie and OMG its amazing in your pie maker or in the air fryer.
My Breville Pie Maker
A few months ago, I saw a Breville Pie Maker for sale in one of the Facebook Groups. They only wanted £5 for it, and I jumped at the chance to buy one, and bring it home.
I had looked for months for one of those Aussie pie makers that does 4 pies at once but couldn’t find one anywhere and opted for this 2 pie Breville Pie Magic instead.
This week is all about a week of me and my new pie maker. What I have made with my pie maker, tips, tricks, and the different fillings I have used. Yesterday I showed you how to make pie maker quiches and today its all about Australian meat pie.
If you are new to the pie maker, do check out our pie maker recipes category and I am sure beyond this week we will be adding even more.
Aussie Meat Pies
The Aussie meat pies stand out from the crowd of beef pies because of how rich they are and how they are not in a thin gravy like many steak pies are.
I love to make pie fillings without any gluten and avoid flour whenever I can.
To achieve this, what I do is after making the filling, I drain the liquid from it like this:
Then I stir in the tomato paste and the Worcester sauce and it creates a delicious creamy Aussie meat pie filling like this:
You then don’t need to use corn flour, or regular flour and it makes your pies a lot lighter and flavoursome.
Mini Meat Pies
But because we are making these meat pies in a pie maker, what they really are is either mini meat pies or party pies.
What you can do is skip our step for making delicious meat pie filling and use up your leftover Sunday dinner in your meat pies and it can become a new Monday supper tradition.
Then what you can do is slice up your beef into chunks and toss it in Worcester sauce and tomato paste, then load it into pastry and you have the most amazing Monday mini meat pies.
Or you could also make extra instant pot no drain mashed potatoes and then you have pie and mash.
And whilst I always think of meat pie as being beef, there is nothing in the rule book. You could throw out the rule book and make lamb meat pies from your leftover air fryer leg of lamb, or even make them with venison.
It’s all about making your pie maker meat pies your own.
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Meat Pie Ingredients
Pastry – I use our pie crust for the bottom of my meat pies and then a puff pastry lid. You can do the same all go all shortcrust or go all puff pastry.
Filling – Below I will run through step by step instructions for making our meat pie filling with the instant pot. But main ingredients include diced beef, onion, garlic, red wine, and beef stock.
Rich – To make your meat pie recipe even more delicious you will need some Worcester sauce and some tomato paste for that rich flavour.
Seasoning – Then for seasoning your Aussie meat pies I love to keep it simple with salt, pepper and garlic.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this pie maker meat pie recipe it has just been our Breville Pie Maker. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of mini pie recipes.
Meat Pie Filling
Before I dive into making meat pies in the pie maker, I want to start by showing you a quick way to make the meat pie filling with your pressure cooker.
I am using the instant pot, but this method can be used with any electric pressure cooker.
You start by browning your meat with extra virgin olive oil and then add in onion, garlic and then use the red wine to deglaze your instant pot.
If you have not deglazed your instant pot before then listen to this which fully explains it.
Add in salt, pepper, Worcester sauce and tomato paste. Stir and add in a frozen stock cube.
Read our instant pot veggie stock post here for a full explanation of doing this.
Then the lid goes on the instant pot, we cook, we do a partial natural pressure release and you have pie ready delicious tasting meat.
Its much quicker than slaving away on the stove for your meat and then all you need to do is drain and coat in more Worcester sauce and tomato paste and you have a perfect meat pie filling.
How To Make Meat Pie?
- Filling. I recommend you start by making your meat filling. Though if you are using leftover beef, you can skip this step. I also recommend doing this the day before as then it is less pressure on the day.
- Mix. Mix your meat with Worcester sauce and tomato paste to create a creamy meat pie filling.
- Roll. Next roll out the pastry for the bottom and top of your mini pies. Add the bottom to the pie maker, add the filling, then add the top and then add your egg wash.
- Cook. Then cook until you have golden mini meat pies. This took approximately 12 minutes with our Breville pie maker meat pie recipe.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook meat pies in the pie maker and why I have fallen in love with my new, super cheap kitchen gadget.
Best Pastry For Meat Pies
I have tried a few combinations and have found the best pastry for your meat pies, is to combine a shortcrust pastry bottom, with a puff pastry lid.
Meat pie pastry is always about the crisp, when you bite into it and the golden colour and you will love this method.
Pie Maker Meat Pie Tips & Tricks
- Always fill the pie maker to ¾ full. Otherwise, you will end up with the filling coming out and making a lot of mess.
- Experiment with the cookie cutters you have and then find your ideal one that you can use for the perfect pie. We tried about four until we found our perfect one.
- Any brand of pie maker will work well. We have Breville but there are so many to choose from.
- Always snip with a pair of scissors at the top of your pie lid. This will help your pies breathe and cook through during the cooking process.
- Pie makers get very hot, don’t allow children to touch it after use.
Interesting Pie Maker Trick – When doing batch 2 your pie maker will still be red hot. Don’t add the next batch of pastry until your filling is ready. Or you will end up with the bottom of your pie cooking much faster than the top.
Can you freeze pie maker pies? Yes, you can. But only if you are not using leftover meat. Because if you are, meat can only be reheated once. The freezer and reheat method of pies does work well with ones without meat or those you would normally have cold.
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Pie Maker Meat Pies
- Place your instant pot on sauté and when it warms up add your extra virgin olive oil and your meat and start browning the meat.
- Add in the garlic and the onion, sauté until the onion is starting to soften and then deglaze the instant pot with your red wine.
- Add in salt, and pepper and then stir in half the tomato paste and half the Worcester sauce. Place a frozen stock cube in the middle and place the lid on the instant pot.
- Set the valve to sealing, cook for 40 minutes followed by a 15 minute natural pressure release.
- Drain the meat from the liquid and place the liquid in a bowl. Stir in the rest of the Worcester sauce and the tomato paste.
- Roll out your pie crust bottom (made of homemade shortcrust pastry) and the puff pastry lid. Then place the shortcrust bottom into the pie maker.
- Add the filling and then press down the puff pastry lid. Snip the top of the pie with scissors to allow your pie to breathe as it cooks.
- Brush with egg wash and then place the lid down on your pie maker and cook for 10 minutes or until golden.