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Mini Meat Pie Recipe

There is nothing better than a pie at this time of year with the weather turning colder and rain beating down in a constant stream. Warming and satisfying they will fill you up and feel a little bit indulgent. I like to make little pies, they are more tempting for the children and that little bit healthier as there is less to eat (although we will ignore the fact they have more pastry this way). They also look so cute! You can of course make one big pie using the same recipe.

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This is a recipe for a pie from New Zealand. I think it’s often served with tomato ketchup on the top. I made it with marmite but you could use Vegemite – although I don’t think it’s as well loved as in Australia.

mini meat pies

Mini Mince Meat Pie Recipe
Recipe Type: Pie
Cuisine: New Zealand
Author: Here Come the Girls
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Serves: 3-4 adults
A tasty and filling meat pie from New Zealand.
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 onion
  • diced carrots
  • handful of mushrooms
  • 1lb lamb or beef mince
  • 100ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbs marmite/Vegemite
  • handful of rosemary
  • 7oz flour
  • 4oz butter
  • pinch of salt
  • milk
  1. Gently fry the onion until golden. Add the carrots and mushrooms.
  2. Brown the mince.
  3. Stir in the stock, ketchup and marmite and leave to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. While this is cooking make the pastry.
  5. Sift the four and salt into a bowl and add the cubed butter.
  6. Blend into fine breadcrumbs.
  7. Mix into a dough using about 7 tsp of water.
  8. Roll out and fill pie dishes.
  9. Brush the top with a little milk
  10. Bake for 20-30 mins 200C

Mini mince pies

The pastry is great for children to help with. It is fun to roll out and they can decorate their own pie. Mine love brushing the milk on top the best. I had to be careful to make sure they didn’t end up too soggy. I don’t want any soggy bottoms here!

Mini mince pies


We served the finished pie with mashed potato and peas. I was really pleased with how they turned out. They came out of the dishes very easily and stayed together. The only problem is I put way too much salt in. A pinch is definitely enough.

mini meat pie


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This is my post for Around the World in 12 Dishes.

This month all the recipes come from New Zealand.

A simple recipe for hearty and healthy meat pies - great for little ones to help make and eat.

Author: Rebecca

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  1. i love how your girls get involved. i also like the fact that you are the 2nd or 3rd entrant to use a New Zealand pie recipe – i didnt realise they were so well known for their pies.
    these pies look so neat and tidy – mine always taste better than they look as i am too full of mishaps lol
    thank you for linking up twice again x x
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    • Thanks. They were really tasty. I would definitely make them again!

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    • Oh I will have to have a look at how to make that.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I love making small versions of things and I think kids eat more of them than a great huge slice! Lovely recipe #recipeoftheweek

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    • I definitely prefer it – for adults too. Much more inviting.

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    • Yes definitely! I will pop right over. Thanks

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    • Oh thank you! They were good but I’d definitely go easy on the salt next time.

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  3. Hi, I found this via Pinterest. Just wondering – here in the US, I can’t seem to find vegemite or marmite. Are there any other substitutes that would work?

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    • You could possibly try a stock cube but as there’s already stock in it you might be able to get away with nothing at all. We also have another spread in NZ/Aussie that is called Promite which is similar.
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      • That sounds just right – thanks!

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    • Hi Julie, I’ve asked a friend in the US and they said you could try Better than Bouillion’s beef base. It just adds a little more meaty flavour so it isn’t essential anyway.

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  4. Good choice – pies are a very big part of Kiwi culture we lather them in tomato sauce too (we don’t call it ketchup on this side of the world ;) ). Kiwi’s eat an average of 15 pies per annum, not family sized, just regular ones. Personally I prefer pasties so I wonder who’s eating my share?

    Did you know that the UK and NZ recipes for Marmite are different?
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    • Oh thanks for your comments! So interesting to hear what other people get up to. 15 pies seems quite a lot! I wonder who is eating your ones – I hate to think of them going to waste! I didn’t know that about Marmite or ketchup – I thought it was ketchup everywhere!

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