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Party pies recipe

These cute little beef party pies are delicious and worth the effort. Make them for parties, as snacks while watching the footy . Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 750g beef mince
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup instant gravy
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg yolk


In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the onion until translucent. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the mince and the carrot to the pan and break up using a wooden spoon. 

Mix in the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Dissolve the instant gravy in a cup using the boiling water. Add to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.

Cut out 12 large circles of shortcrust pastry to line each muffin cup. Cut 12 smaller circles from the puff pastry to make lids.

Fill each pastry-lined muffin cup with cooled mince mixture, and then brush the edges with egg yolk. Top with puff pastry and use a fork to pinch down the pastry edges together. Brush the top with egg yolk and bake for 20-25 minutes.


  • Party pies have to have great filling, otherwise you may as well buy a box. So even though these take time and effort, they taste delicious and your guests will thank you.
  • Using round cookie cutters is an easy way to cut the pastry for these pies. If you don't have round cookie cutters you can just cut the pastry into squares and trim off the excess pastry.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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