For those out there less nerdy than me, Pi day was on Saturday. (It was also Einstein’s birthday.) To celebrate, I made meat pie!
Meat pie is something that my French-Canadian grandmother always makes on holidays. It is very tasty – she usually has to make two to feed all of us pigs! I’ve never made it before, and it always seemed a little tricky, according to my mom. And then I found out why – there’s no actual recipe! It’s all stored in my grandmother’s head, and unfortunately I’m not telepathic. I called her to ask her how long and what temperature to bake it at, and she said “until it’s done”. Ahh, family recipes!
So, with some vague instructions, I made a meat pie. And now I’m going to share with you how it’s done. (I’m also sharing this with future me, so I can’t forget!)
- 1 ¼ lb ground beef
- ¼ cup water
- 2-3 tbsp. flour
- ground cloves
- ½ tsp. salt
- two pie shells
- one slightly beaten egg white
- Brown the beef, draining off about half of the fat when it is finished.
- Add water, and then flour in small portions until a slight gravy is formed.
- Add cinnamon (about 1 tsp) and cloves (about 2-3 tsp) – until it tastes good.
- Add salt.
- Put first pie shell into the pie dish.
- Add meat to pie shell
- Top with second pie shell, pinch closed and cut a few slits in the top.
- Brush the top with the egg white.
- Bake at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes, until the top is a nice golden brown.