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Meat Pies

Yields1 Serving

A deep fried pocket full of flavor.

CHS Meat Pies

Filling
 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
 1 lb ground beef
 1 lb ground prok
 1 small onionfinely chopped
 1 bunch green onionfinely chopped
 1 green bell pepperfinely chopped
 1 red bell pepper
 3 garlic clovesminced
 4 celery stalksfinely chopped
 1 tbsp salt
 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp red pepper flakes
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp paprika
 ½ tsp cayenne
 2 tbsp Crystal Hot Sauce
Crust
 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
 3 ½ tsp baking powder
 1 tsp salt
 ½ cup vegetable shortening room temperature, cut into 1 in. pieces
 1 egg
 1 cup milk
Filling
1

In a heavy-bottomed pot or saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot.

2

Add onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and celery. Saute for about 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are softened, and onions are slightly translucent.

3

Add the garlic and green onion, and continue to saute for a few minutes.

4

Add beef, pork, salt and pepper and saute until meat is cooked through.

5

Add red pepper flakes, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. Stir until combined, and continue to cook until most liquid has evaporated.

6

Turn off heat, stir in Crystal hot sauce, and set aside. Filling can be made up to three days ahead.

Crust
7

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until well combined.

8

Add vegetable shortening, and mix until only small clumps remain.

9

Add egg and milk, and mix until well combined. Form dough into ball.

10

Divide dough into 3 equal pieces, and roll out one portion at a time on a well floured surface until the dough is about 1/8th an inch thick. Cut dough into 5 in. disks, you should have between 6 to 9 disks, depending on how thick your dough is.

Assembly
11

Working one at a time, place a heaping tablespoon of filling in the middle of each pastry disk.

12

Wet edge of pastry disk with water, and fold disk in half, over the meat mixture, similar to a taco or a dumpling. Press down edges to seal, and crimp with a fork. Cut a small incision down the middle of each pie, or prick holes with a fork.

13

Pies can be frozen and stored in a self-sealing plastic bag, do not thaw before cooking.

14

Heat oil in a large pot to 350 degrees. Gently drop pies into oil, top side down, and cook until golden brown. About 3-6 minutes per pie. Drain on paper towels or wire rack.

15

Serve with Crystal Hot Sauce.