Pie Maker Meat Pies

Makes these delicious meat pies using a pie maker! Perfect for parties and entertaining. Easy pie maker recipe with step-by-step photos.

pie maker meat pies on wire rack

Pie Maker

I have jumped on the pie maker bandwagon. I never intended to. Our kitchen is 9 square metres in size with minimal storage, and I already felt that owning two (yes, two!) waffle machines was a bit excessive.

But this unusual period of isolation to avoid a certain virus has resulted in many (many) late night online shopping sprees. Granted, I do most of my shopping online anyway, and almost always late at night after the kids have gone to bed.

But having so far endured 8 weeks of working from home, plus homeschooling two children, plus cooking two meals a day, I felt I could use some help in the kitchen. Hence, the pie maker.

pie maker meat pies with beef and mushrooms

Why This Recipe Works

  • Make mouth-watering meat pies in a pie maker with super crispy pastry all over!
  • These pies take only 10 minutes to cook in a pie maker.
  • No need to blind bake the pastry, which means you can make and serve the pies more quickly.
  • Mini pies have a greater pastry to filling ratio, which means more delicious pastry!

Easy as Pie

I love to make my Aussie Meat Pies or Classic Meat Pies when the craving calls.

But anyone who makes pies regularly will know that it can be a time-consuming task. A good meat pie always has a crispy bottom, which is best achieved by blind-baking the pastry first, which means a good 15-30 minutes just for this step.

With a pie maker, you can skip the blind-baking! Omitting this task means that making pies has never been easier! In fact, now that I own a pie maker, I’m not sure I will return to making pies the old-fashioned way again …

pie maker meat pies with ketchup

Meat Pie Recipe

As an Australian, I like to stick to the classics – beef and mushroom, steak and pepper, chicken and vegetable. I also have a soft spot for a curry pie!

A beef meat pie filling is typically a beef stew of some sort, but with a thicker sauce so that the filling doesn’t run everywhere, particularly since meat pies are usually eaten on-the-go with the hands.

It goes without saying that almost any stew can be turned into a meat pie. In fact, what I often do in winter is turn leftover beef stews into meat pies; my Beef Bourguignon meat pies are very popular in my family!

The pie maker recipe below uses the same beef and Guinness filling as that for my Classic Meat Pies. It’s a classic and comforting beef stew which uses stout to give that familiar bakery flavour.

Pie Maker Recipe

For pie maker recipes, I like to use puff pastry for both the bottom and lid. I find it more practical and economical to use just one type of pastry when making mini pies.

But you could, of course, go the traditional route and use shortcrust pastry for the bottom and puff pastry for the lid.

pie maker meat pies on small plate

How to Use a Pie Maker

Step 1

Preheat the pie maker.

While the pie maker is heating up, cut out the pastry for the pie bottoms and lids.

I recommend only cutting out as many as you need to fit the pie maker, and to cut any additional pastry whilst you are waiting for the pies to cook. Pastry works best when it is cold from the fridge – it is easier to handle, and there is less shrinkage with cold pastry.

Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to find out the dimensions you need to cut for the pie bottoms and lids.

For my pie maker, the bottoms are 11 cm and the lids are 9.5 cm.

Place the pie bottoms, one at a time, into the pie slots.

As the pie machine is very hot, use a small glass or similar to gently push the pastry into the slot. Repeat with the remaining pie bottoms.

As the machine is hot, it will start to cook the pastry right away. So try to work quickly so that each pie will cook for the same amount of time.

pie bottom in pie maker

Step 2

Quickly fill each pie bottom with some filling, taking care to not over-fill.

how to use a pie maker

Step 3

Place the pastry lids on top of the filling.

uncooked pies in pie maker

Step 4

Quickly brush each pie with some egg wash.

pies ready to cook in pie maker

Step 5

Close the lid of the pie maker, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.

Sometimes the pastry might appear nicely golden, but it hasn’t fully cooked through yet. Much depends on the type of pastry you have used, as well as the thickness of the pastry.

You might need to experiment with a batch or two to know what timing works best for your machine.

golden meat pies in pie maker

Advantages of Using a Pie Maker

  1. Super crispy pies: These machines guarantee that your pies will not have a soggy bottom! Every pie I have made has had beautifully crispy pastry all over, more crisp than pies made the traditional way.
  2. Super quick: Although it might take some time to make the filling, the pies themselves take a mere 10 minutes to cook (albeit 4 at a time).
  3. Super easy: To make a good meat pie with crispy pastry on the bottom, you usually have to blind bake the pastry, which can be a bit of a pfaff when it comes to mini pies. But a pie maker eliminates the need for blind-baking, which means the pies are much easier to make.
  4. Practical: If you regularly make sweet and/or savoury pies, you might find that your pie maker will be used more often than not.

Disadvantages of Using a Pie Maker

  1. Space: These machines are not exactly small – the models which make 6 pies are even bigger.
  2. Not child-friendly: As the pie makers are very hot, I recommend hands-on adult supervision if you plan to get the kids involved. Much like a hot waffle machine or a jaffle-maker, the kids need to be careful not to burn themselves on the insides of the machine.
open meat pie with pie maker

Tips For Using a Pie Maker

  • Prep everything in advance: Once the pie maker is hot, you should have all of your ingredients and components prepared, all ready to be assembled.
  • Work quickly: As the machine will be hot, once you start placing the pastry into the pie maker, it will already start to cook. So work quickly, so that all of your pies can cook for roughly the same amount of time.
  • Use a separate timer: Some pie makers have a built-in timer to let you know when the pies are done. However, I recommend checking at about 8 minutes to make sure the pies are not browning too much. Sometimes the pies might be golden brown, but the pastry might not be fully cooked through. So you might have to experiment with a few batches.
  • Clean in between batches: In my experience, a lot of fat can seep out of the pastry during cooking, and my model collects quite a bit of hot fat around the edges after each batch. For easier cleaning up, I recommend using paper towels to quickly soak up the fat in between batches and once you have finished cooking. I find it easier to clean the machine this way, rather than letting the fat solidify at the end of cooking. Once the machine has completely cooled down, you should give the machine another proper wipe-down.

More Pie Recipes

You can make pie maker pies with almost any filling you like. Some other fillings which would be delicious here include:

Aussie Meat Pies (for a classic minced beef filling)

Beef Bourguignon (for a beef and red wine filling)

Classic Meat Pies (for a beef, mushroom and Guinness filling)

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies (for creamy ham, vegetable and cheese filling in a white sauce)

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Pie Maker Meat Pies

Makes these delicious meat pies using a pie maker! Perfect for parties and entertaining. Easy pie maker recipe with step-by-step photos.

  • Author: Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 mini pies
  • Category: Pies
  • Method: Pie Maker
  • Cuisine: Australian

Ingredients

To make the Beef, Mushroom and Guinness Filling

  • 1 kg (2 lb) chuck steak or blade steak, cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, sliced thickly
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Guinness, stout, pale ale, or beef stock
  • 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 500 g (1/2 lb) mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • 23 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch), mixed with some water
  • 23 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

To assemble the Pie Maker Meat Pies

  • puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

To make the Beef, Mushroom and Guinness Filling

  1. Heat some oil in a large pan. I like to use a cast-iron pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Season the beef generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Brown the beef in small batches, and use a slotted spoon to remove the browned meat to a large bowl. Try not to over-crowd the pan, otherwise the meat will steam instead of brown; it is the caramelisation on the meat which gives a lot of flavour to the stew.
  4. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the Guinness and let everything bubble away. 
  6. Use a wooden spoon to scrape off any caramelised bits on the pan.
  7. Add the beef stock, thyme and bay leaves.
  8. Return the beef to the pan, together with any meat juices which have collected in the bowl.
  9. Turn the heat down to low, and cook gently on a low simmer for about 2 hours, or until the beef is tender. See Kitchen Notes below for instructions using a pressure cooker.
  10. Once the beef is tender, add the mushrooms.
  11. Simmer gently for a few minutes until the mushrooms have softened slightly.
  12. During this time, try to remove the thyme and bay leaves.
  13. Turn up the heat to medium-high, and slowly add the cornflour slurry. You may not need all of it – just add enough until you have a fairly thick consistency.
  14. Taste the sauce for seasoning.
  15. Stir through the parsley.
  16. Set the mixture aside to cool completely.

To assemble the Pie Maker Pies

  1. Preheat the pie maker.
  2. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the dimensions of the pie bottoms and lids. Or simply use a ruler to work out the dimensions you need.
  3. Cut 4 pie bottoms and 4 pie lids from the pastry.
  4. Once the pie maker is ready to use, place the pie bottoms into the pie maker, one at a time. Use your fingers or a small glass to gently push down the pastry. As the machine will be very hot, you will need to be careful, but also work quickly as the pastry will start cooking the moment it hits the pan.
  5. Quickly fill each pie bottom with 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling.
  6. Place the pie lids on top of the filling.
  7. Brush each pie with some egg wash.
  8. Close the pie maker.
  9. Set the timer for 10 minutes, but you may wish to check at about 8 minutes.
  10. While the pies are cooking, prepare the pie bottoms and lids for the next batch.
  11. Once the pies are cooked to your liking, serve immediately or keep them warm in an oven at 150°C (300°F).
  12. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.

Kitchen Notes

COOKING TIMES
Prep Time and Cook Time specified here are just for using the pie maker.

WHICH TYPE OF PASTRY TO USE
Traditionally, meat pies have a bottom made from shortcrust pastry and a lid made from puff pastry. I tend to use only puff pastry when making mini pies to save on waste, but you can use whichever you prefer.

USING THE PRESSURE COOKER
If you are short on time, I recommend using a pressure cooker to make the filling. Follow Steps 1 to 8 as per the instructions above, but add only 1 cup of beef stock. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, and then quickly release the pressure. Remove the lid, add the mushrooms, and proceed with the rest of the recipe. If the stew needs more liquid, add some more beef stock or boiling water.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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2 comments

  1. Sandy Sheaffer 7 July 2020

    I’d love to try this, but I’m having trouble finding a pie maker. All the ones listed on Amazon seem not to be available. Could your please tell me what kind of pie maker you purchased and where you purchased it? Thanks! During this pandemic I’m cooking more than ever and would really like to try your Aussie meat pie.

    Reply
    • Eat, Little Bird 13 July 2020

      Hi Sandy,
      Below the recipe, I have included some links to Amazon for pie makers. I have checked the links and they are all in stock. Hope you will enjoy this recipe!

      Reply