Ground Beef Pie

Servings: 4     Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the dough:

  • 500 g of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt
  • 250 g of water at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the filling: 

  • 300 g minced beef, passed through the machine once
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups hot meat broth or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper

 

COOKING ISTRUCTIONS 

Instructions for the filling: 

STEP 1 | Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the minced meat for 6 minutes on high heat. We do not stir the meat, because it should not begin to boil in its liquids, but simply brown.

STEP 2 | Lower the heat from high to medium and open the centre of the minced meat with a spoon as if making a large hole in the centre. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil and add the chopped onion, the crushed garlic and the grated carrot.

STEP 3 | Sauté the vegetables for about 5 minutes on medium heat until they are soft and shiny, without the onions getting any color.

STEP 4 | Mix and then raise the heat from medium to high, extinguish the ingredients with the wine and let the alcohol evaporate completely.

STEP 5 | Add the water or hot broth and once it boils, reduce the heat from high to medium and cover the pot with a lid.

STEP 6 | Simmer the minced meat over low to medium heat for about 45 minutes.

STEP 7 | At the end of boiling, add salt and pepper. Cover again and simmer for about 10 minutes until the mince is tender, set properly and and soft.

 

Instructions for the dough:

STEP 1 | Place the flour, water and salt in a large bowl or mixing bowl.

STEP 2 | Knead very well for about 10 minutes with our hands or in a mixer with a hook at medium speed.

STEP 3 | As soon as the dough is ready, cut it into 4 identical balls.

STEP 4 | In a pan which we have smeared with olive oil, place the dough (4 balls) which we smear with olive oil and cover with a membrane or a towel, let them rest for about 30 minutes.

STEP 5 | With our hand we press the dough (balls) so that they open slightly and leave it for another 30 minutes to rest.

STEP 6 | Roll out the dough with olive oil into a very thin sheet, one dough at a time, with your hands or with a rolling pin. (You can see the process here step by step on how to roll out the sheets by hand.)

STEP 7 | We open 4 sheets of dough in each pie and every second sheet we add the filling we made and let it cool slightly.

STEP 8 | Close the pie in the shape of an envelope or in a triangle according to preference.

STEP 9 | Preheat the oven to 220°C and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes.

 

Tips: Before cutting and serving our pie, let it cool for about 10 minutes.

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