- 6-7 sheets frozen puff pastry
- 400g beef mince
- 1 small swede (approx 100g), peeled
- 1 small carrot, peeled
- 1 medium potato, peeled
- half a cup frozen peas
- 1 small brown onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 teaspoon salt
- freshly cracked pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Take pastry sheets from the freezer and lay flat on bench to thaw.
Using a food processor or hand grater, grate the swede, carrot and potato. Remove from processor to mixing bowl and add beef mince, peas, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
Cut the thawed pastry into small rounds using the base of a large cup or small saucer approx 9-10 cm in diameter.
Remove excess pastry and add one heaped tablespoon of the mince mixture into the centre of half the pastry rounds. Using the lightly beaten egg, brush the egg wash around the edges of the pastry round then pick up another pastry round and very gently stretch pastry. Place over mixture and fold around both edges to seal.
Place the pasties on a baking tray with baking paper, brush the tops with egg wash and place tray in fridge while continuing with others.
Place in the preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack and serve.
- Pastry always works better if it is cold. It is a good idea to leave pasties in fridge for an extra 10 minutes after making to let the pasty firm up before popping them in the oven. You will have a much better end result.
- To prevent your fingers sticking to the pastry, dip your fingertips in cornstarch before putting the top and bottom of the pasties together.
- Of course you can make larger pasties, just adjust your cutting size. They are great to have handy in the freezer for those busy nights when you come home late from swimming, dance etc.
- If you are using them straight from the freezer, place pastie in the microwave for 10 minutes to defrost then in the oven at 180C to crispen up.
- Kids love to help with these, older kids can cut out pastry while younger ones make great mixers.
- Recipe created by Camilla Baker for Kidspot, New Zealand