One of the most beautiful things about Nigerian food, especially the meat pie, is the contrast of flavors between meat and poultry. The meat is usually marinated overnight, then cooked slowly over a period of several hours, slowly turning as you go. In fact, people literally eat slowly as they cook. In this post, I am going to show you how to make a meat pie. If you have been wanting to try Nigerian food but never found a method that is feasible or that you can successfully replicate the flavors of a Nigerian meat pie, you’re in luck.
The Nigerian meat pie is a savory dish that originated in Nigeria. The meat pie is made with beef, chicken, mutton, goat, chicken, or beef. It is also known as “Boko” or “Boko meat pie/meat pies”. It is a popular dish in both the West and the East.
A Nigerian meat pie is a pastry stuffed with minced meat, carrots, potatoes, and peppers. It is slightly flaky and very flavorful, and the filling is moist and delicious. They are extremely popular in West Africa and Nigeria. Those of you who have never tried Nigerian meat pie should give it a try right away; it’s the ultimate comfort food.
How To Make Nigerian Meat Pie
Nigerian meat pie recipe that’s quick and easy to make. It’s the perfect dish to serve with your favorite Nigerian savory dishes. It’s very versatile and can be used in so many different dishes. After collecting all the following ingredients, let’s start making a crunchy Nigerian meat pie recipe.
For the Pastry:
- All-purpose flour, 4 cups
- Cold Butter (cubed) , 1 cup
- 2 large eggs
- Kosher Salt, 1 teaspoon
- Sugar, 1 tablespoon
- Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
- Cold water, 1/4 cup
For the Filling:
- Ground beef, 3/4 pound
- Potato (small cubes), 1
- Onion (chopped), ½ cup
- Carrot (peeled and diced), ¼ cup
- Water, 1 cup
- Kosher Salt, 1 teaspoon
- Ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon
- Fresh thyme leaves (finely diced), 1 teaspoon
- All-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons
- Extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- 1 egg (for brushing)
Combine 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
Mix flour and butter cubes together until it has a crumbly texture. Beat two eggs with 1 cup of cold water.
Mix the flour mixture with the egg-water whisk afterward, keep mixing until dough forms. Be careful not to overmix! Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes after wrapping it in cling film.
To make the filling, heat 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
Slice 1/2 cup of onions and sauté them for 5 minutes until they are transparent. After 5 minutes, add 1/4 cup of diced carrots and continue cooking until tender.
After that, add the ground beef and cook until dark brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add salt as needed and sprinkle black pepper to taste.
After that, add 2 tbsp of flour and 1 tsp of thyme. Stir well and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in the broth or water and add the cubed potatoes.
Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat until thickened and fragrant. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Shape the dough into the desired shape by dividing it into 4 pieces. Fill the center of that pie with two tablespoons of meat mixture.
With a fork or finger, seal the edges of the dough by dabbing the edges with water.
Put them on a baking sheet and brush them with a beaten egg. Put them in the oven for 30 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool before serving.
Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe
Cuisine type: Snacks
Servings: 10 Servings
Preparation time: 1 Hour
Cooking time: 40 Minutes
Total time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
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