Meat Pies with Pea and Potato Mash


The Australians love their meat pies, and their traditional version is a tasty meat and gravy mixture.
The addition of mushy peas is a particular speciality of the late night pie cart called Harry’s Café de Wheels, to be found in the suburb of Woolloomooloo, Sydney. An icon in Australia since 1945, this pie cart is now world famous. This recipe, a variation on the traditional recipe, is for an open pie with a pea and mash mix for the topping, and serves four.

500g minced beef
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon beef stock powder
1 tablespoon cornflour
½ cup water
2 tablespoons butter
readymade shortcrust pastry
1 cup peas
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
Add the butter to a pan and add onion. Sauté for a few minutes until soft then add the minced beef to brown all over. Mix the tomato paste, stock powder, cornflour and water together and add to the beef mixture. Simmer until thickened. Set aside. Fill four pie or tart moulds with shortcrust pastry and blind bake at 200°C for 10 minutes. Boil the potatoes, drain and mash. Boil or microwave peas until tender. Blend the peas and add to the mashed potatoes with a dollop of butter and plenty of salt and pepper. To serve, fill the pastry cases with minced beef and top with the pea and mash mixture.
The Gardener