How To Make Meat Pie: Top Secrets & Handy Tips

Famous Nigerian Meat Pie is widely loved for its delicious moist filling made of ground meat, potatoes and sweet carrots seasoned with a variety of fragrant spices. In this post, we are going to show you this step-by-step tutorial of how to make meat pie (with photos). We are also going to teach you how to make the dough softer and how to make meat pie with stove without an oven!

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1. Ingredients for meat pie

If you want to learn how to make meat pie using stove, start from a little shopping and prepare the necessary ingredients for filling and dough.

1.1. Ingredients for the Nigerian Meat Pie dough:

  • 1kg All Purpose Flour;
  • 2 tsp baking powder;
  • 500g Margarine;
  • 2 pinches salt;
  • 125 ml cold water.

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1.2. For the Nigerian Meat Pie filling:

  • 2 middle-sized Irish potatoes;
  • 2 middle-sized carrots;
  • 500g minced meat;
  • 1 middle-sized onion;
  • 2 cooking spoons vegetable oil;
  • 2 Maggi cubes;
  • 1 tsp thyme;
  • 2 tbsp plain flour;
  • 250 ml cold water;
  • Salt to taste.

1.3. Nigerian Meat Pie: the ornamental Ingredient:

  • 1 egg.

2. Meat pie recipe: step-by-step tutorial

The question how to bake meat pie with stove for some sounds like challenge. Nevertheless, it is not complicated if you follow the steps described below.

2.1. Get the filling ready

  1. Cut the washed and peeled potatoes, onions and carrots into small pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot, add the onions first and stir, add the ground meat and stir energetically till the meat changes color.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water, add bouillon cubes and thyme. Place the lid over the pot and when it starts boiling, add the carrots and potatoes. Stew until done.
  4. Mix 2 tablespoons of flour in 100 ml of cold water and add to the filling in the pot. This will prevent the filling from drying up and make it moist and yummy.
  5. Salt, stir well and switch off turn off. Let the meat pie filling rest.

2.2. How to prepare meat pie dough

The secret to how to mix meat pie dough well is correct measures and a little bit of improvisation. Follow the steps below and do not forget to trust your intuition: if you see that consistency does not seem right, add some water or flour, depending of what lacks.

  1. Mix thoroughly 1 kg of flour, 2 pinches of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder in a sizable bowl. By the way, if you are still looking for the answer to the question how to make meat pie dough soft, baking soda is the key secret ingredient.
  2. Scoop the margarine with a tablespoon into the bowl of flour. They should be small enough for you to rub them into the dough.
  3. Mix the margarine with the flour with your fingertips. Only margarine (not butter) should be used for this purpose because you want the dough to look like crumbs.
  4. Slowly add cold water while mixing the dough at the same time until you get a stiff piece of dough.
  5. Knead thoroughly and leave to rest for 5-7 min to receive more elastic dough.

2.3. How to make Nigerian meat pie: final touch

  1. Heat your oven to 170°C (335°F).
  2. Smear the sides of the oven tray with margarine.
  3. Beat the egg and put it aside.
  4. Knead the dough a little again and roll it out to be about 5mm thick.
  5. Create round cuts on the dough with any kind of cutter removing the extra dough.
  6. Place some filling into the middle part of the cuts and close the dough.
  7. Smear the egg on the inside edge to seal your meat pie.
  8. Fold the dough and press the 2 edges together with a fork to be sealed perfectly.
  9. Put it in the oven tray and do the same with the remaining dough
  10. Smear some egg on the pies for them to look golden when baked.
  11. Bake for 30-40 min in medium heat.

Tip: one of the most frequently asked questions is what makes meat pie hard. The answer is high temperature. If you want it to be very crusty, increase the recommended temperature for a little bit after 20 minutes of baking. If you wonder, on the contrary, how to avoid this and how to make soft meat pie, double check the temperature and make sure it is not higher than 170°C. Check the readiness frequently to take out the pie timely, when it is already cooked but haven’t become hard yet.

Basically, that’s how the Nigerian meat pie must be cooked. Check out this video to see that it’s not really that long and hard! You should also find out how to make meat pie without oven – maybe you will like this recipe even more.

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3. How to bake meat pie without oven

If you wonder, how to make meat pie without an oven, it is possible and not complicated.  Trying to learn how to make meat pie without using oven, you will not need any magic tricks, only a right recipe.

Version 1

You can bake an equally tasty pie on a stove. You will need a baking pan and cooking pot. The technology of making and cutting the dough is the same. The only difference is the need to heat the pot with sand inside.

Bake the pie for 40 minutes, having covered the sand with foil.

Watch this video to see how the meat pie is cooked this way.


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Version 2

To prepare meat pie without oven, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 400 g of meat
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 75 g of butter
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp. of oil
  • ¾ tsp. of sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • 50 g of margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp. of salt
  • baking power
  • pepper

How to make meat pie without oven

  1. Prepare dough. Pour cream into a bowl, add eggs, salt, sugar, melted margarine, and baking powder. Whisk well, add flour, and mix the dough. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Peel and cut an onion. Roast it for a while, then add meat and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Peel potatoes and cut into thin sticks. Mix with meat, add salt and pepper.
  4. Prepare two skillets and grease them with a spoon of oil each. Take approximately 2/3 of dough, roll out to get a piece of dough with a diameter a bit more than the skillet. Place inside.
  5. Put a smooth layer of filling above.
  6. Roll out the rest of the dough and put on top of the pie. Cover a skillet and bake for approximately 35 minutes on the small fire. Then turn over the pie into the second skillet. Cover it and bake for 30 more minutes.

Your meat pie without oven is ready!

4. How to preserve a pie

After the pie is ready, the only thing that can worry you is how to preserve Nigerian meat pie. The best option, of course, is to eat it straight away.

Remember that the maximum term of preserving a meat pie is three days. Place it in a cool spot – fridge is the best option. If you store a pie outside it, it will remain fresh and tasty for around 24 hours.

Wrapping a pie with kitchen film reduces the oxygen influence and helps it to remain fresh longer.

Also, a pie that remains whole can be preserved for a longer time than one that has been cut.

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