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. England is the predominant leader so I needed some kind of easily held British-style food to bring. I have not made them before so I am hoping the reviews on the recipe I read are accurate. I will let you know as I post my photos tomorrow.

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. 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!


  • 1 Pound of Ground Sausage
  • 1/2 Pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 Meduim Onion (sliced thin)
  • 2-3 Carrots (Julienned)
  • 1 Stalk of Celery (Minced)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic ( Minced)
  • 1 Teaspon of Red Pepper Flake
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worstershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 2 Cans of Premade Biscuits
  • 1 Package of Instant Potatoes
  • 1 Egg (Beaten)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter


  1. Start by melting the butter with the red pepper flake and nutmeg
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F
  3. Add the celery, carrots, and opnion over very low heat to sweat the vegetables
  4. 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.
  5. Turn the heat up on the pan to medium and add the sausage and beef and worstershire sauce
  6. Cook until browned and incorporate the vegetables
  7. Cook the instant potatoes according to the package
  8. Open the biscuits and lay a few of them on a lighltly floured surface
  9. Using a floured rolling pin roll them into a thin oblong shape
  10. Add a dollop of potato and meat mixture onto one side of the biscuit and folder over
  11. Using a fork close up the sides of the biscuit
  12. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  13. Brush the tops with the beaten egg
  14. Cook for 12-14 minutes