Meat Pie, Southern Version


One of my family's favorite comfort foods is the lowly meat pie. Lowly? It's actually full of flavor and, if made right, looks delicious as well. This version has beef and pork, plus a flaky puff pastry crust.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • cooking spray

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped

  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • salt-free seasoning blend to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

  • 1 cup hot water

  • 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef and ground pork. Cook and stir until meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cover and reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Make a well in the center of the skillet and place minced garlic directly on the bottom of the pan. Cook for 30 to 60 seconds or until fragrant; blend garlic into meat mixture. Add carrot, potato, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning blend, and salt and pepper.

  4. Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water in a bowl, and pour it into meat mixture; mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until carrots are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Lay one sheet of puff pastry in the prepared baking dish. Gently press pastry into the corners and up the sides of the dish. With a slotted spoon, transfer meat into crust and spread evenly trying to avoid adding liquid. Top with Cheddar cheese.

  6. Whisk together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water. Brush edges of the bottom puff pastry sheet. Lay second sheet of puff pastry over the baking dish, pressing with a fork to seal the edges. Brush surface with egg wash and pierce with a fork several times to vent crust.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 50 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to prevent over-browning (tent with aluminum foil, if necessary). Remove pie from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


I use a Pyrex dish and bake it with the convection setting of my oven. If you use a convection oven, lower the baking temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Tent pie with a sheet of aluminum foil for the duration of the baking time. Remove foil during the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking to brown the crust.

To make this dish ahead of time, allow filling to cool before assembling pie. Refrigerate before baking, or freeze it, well-wrapped in aluminum foil. Store up to 1 month. Thaw before baking, or increase the baking time by about an hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
35g Fat
31g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 197mg 15%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 437mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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