Meat and Potatos!

I remember making the cheese and onion version of these back in high school, during my Food Technology class, and I was so excited when they turned out delicious and that I was actually able to make them from scratch and by myself. I'd had many of them from Greggs, a bakery back in the UK, and they always warmed my tummy and made for a scrumptious treat while out shopping with Mum! Happy memories! :)

Now, I don't eat them everyday or make them everyday, but yesterday I wanted to cook something different for my husband and these came to mind. I thought it would be fun for him to try something new and something British! :)

So here is my simple recipe for Meat and Potato Pasties! Enjoy! :)

What you will need:

*1lb Ground beef. (I like the 90-92% lean) *Idaho Potato's *Brown Gravy *Onion (Mine was already chopped hence the blue tub and thanks to my gorgeous husband :) )
*1 Packet of puff pastry sheets. Set these out to thaw while you cook your meat and potato's. (They need around 40 mins to thaw.)
To start:
* Peel and dice the potato's and place them in a pan of boiling water. Continue to let the water boil on the stove top and cook potato's until a knife goes through them easily. Turn off heat and set aside.
* Add a drop of olive oil to a large frying pan and turn on heat. Chop your onion, you can dice it or just do slices, whatever you prefer and add to pan, cook for 1-2 minutes before adding your ground beef. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley and stir until all the meat has browned. (Once the meat is fully cooked you can taste it to see if you need to add anymore seasoning.)
* Make brown gravy as instructed on packet and pour over meat. Bare in mind to not make the gravy too watery, you want it nice and thick. Leave meat to simmer for 3-5 minutes. Turn off heat.
* Drain potato's and pour them into the meat and gravy mix. Stir until combined. You should end up with kind of a mushy mix. Try not to over mush though, just make sure all the potato's are covered. Set aside.

* Roll out pastry on a floured surface. This pastry is quite thin to start with so it doesn't need too much rolling out, just enough so you can make 2 rectangles out of each of the three sections.
* Pour a little milk into a glass, this will be used to seal your pasty.
* Spoon the meat and potato mixture onto the right hand side of the pastry sheet. Leave a little room around the edges. Dip your pastry brush or clean fingers into the milk and dab onto these edges. 
* Gently fold the left side of the pastry sheet over the top of the meat and potato's and bring the pastry edges together, securing the meat and potato mix inside. (Like you are folding a card.)
* Press the edges down gently with a fork and pierce the top of the pasty.
* Place in the oven at 350, for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (Check every few minutes as puff pastry can burn easily.)

And there you have it, the end result! :) Yum! 
Hope you find this recipe fun and easy to make! :)
Have a great day!
Love Lulu xx


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