English Meat Hand Pies

When I saw how easy these can be made with a bit of cheating with some already prepared ingredients I decided to give them a try. Using refrigerated biscuit dough and dry instant potatoes is not usually my style but I am making these to share at the local pub during the EUFA semi-finals.
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  • 1 Pound Ground Sausage
  • 1/2 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Meduim Onion sliced thin
  • 2-3 Carrots Julienned
  • 1 Stalk of Celery Minced
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flake
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Cans Premade Biscuits
  • 1 Packet Instant Potatoes
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  • Start by melting the butter with the red pepper flake and nutmeg
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Add the celery, carrots, and opnion over very low heat to sweat the vegetables
  • Once they are all glistening and nearly soft add the garlic either move them to the edges of the pan or remove them and set aside.
  • Turn the heat up on the pan to medium and add the sausage and beef and worstershire sauce
  • Cook until browned and incorporate the vegetables
  • Cook the instant potatoes according to the package
  • Open the biscuits and lay a few of them on a lighltly floured surface
  • Using a floured rolling pin roll them into a thin oblong shape
  • Add a dollop of potato and meat mixture onto one side of the biscuit and folder over
  • Using a fork close up the sides of the biscuit
  • Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Brush the tops with the beaten egg
  • Cook for 12-14 minutes


England is the predominant leader so I needed some kind of easily held British-style food to bring. I read that Robert Irvine uses puff pastry dough to make his pasties so in true experimental fashion I made some using that dough too. During my second go at it, I sliced the onions thin instead of chopping them. too.
According to the reviews at the game, I nailed them! Although both versions of dough were good, people preferred the biscuit dough version over the pies made with puff pastry. Most importantly England won the semi-finals for the first time in over 50 years they will be in the finals. Were my meat pies good luck? Maybe!
The first batch was a bomb, There was simply too much biscuit and not enough meat and veggies.I went back to the drawing board and decided to julienne the carrots so that you could see them and taste them. I rolled the biscuit dough much thinner this time.  Viola! 
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