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- Nigerian Meat Pie
- Some of the Characteristics of Nigerian Meat Pie
- Different kind of shapes of Nigerian Meat Pie
- Tools needed while making Nigerian Meat Pie
- Recipe for Nigerian Meat Pie
- Making the filling for Nigerian Meat Pie
- Baking Nigerian Meat Pie
Nigerian Meat Pie
What Nigerian people love more than making money? The answer is making and eating food. And What Nigerian people love to eat? The meat pie.
The Nigerian meat pie is a favorite food snack of Nigeria streets. If you visit Nigeria you will see people eating a meat pie. Nigerian meat pie has a lot of different shapes and sizes but lets me assure you all of them have a wonderful taste. Nigerian pie is not limited to only Nigeria, but Nigeria pie is very popular all through Africa.
Nigeria is a Muslim country and people there use halal ingredients in their foods. Most of the meat used is Nigerian meat pie is from goats and cows.
Some of the Characteristics of Nigerian Meat Pie
You would wonder Why Nigerian meat pie is popular and people love to eat Nigerian meat pie? The answer is when you take the first bite of Nigerian pie, its melt in your mouth. The juices explode in your mouth and your taste buds are in for a treat/adventure. If a Nigerian meat pie is not buttery, juicy then it is not a Nigerian pie, it is not well done/cooked.
The filling of Nigerian pie plays an important part in all of it. If the filling is not well cooked and perfectly juicy, then Nigerian meat pie will be dry and hard to chew. The same rules apply to the pastry of Nigerian meat pie.
The pastry should not be too hard to eat or too soft to be gooey just perfectly moist, that when you eating a Nigerian meat pie there should be no crumbs at all. All through a Nigerian meat pie is the perfection of cookery.
All the characteristics should be met to call a pie “Nigerian meat pie”. One should need a lot of perfection, experience, and patience for cooking a Nigerian meat pie.
Different kind of shapes of Nigerian Meat Pie
If you are in Nigeria and search for Nigerian meat pie, you will find a lot of different shapes and sizes of Nigerian meat pie. Nigerian pie can be cooked in a lot of different shapes but they all taste the same. There are some different shapes of Nigerian pie which is popular throughout Nigeria and Africa.
Half Moon Nigerian Meat Pie
The most popular and commonly used for Nigerian meat pie is the half-moon. The shapes of the Nigerian pie look like a half-moon. For making a half-moon Nigerian meat pie they take a circle piece of dough and put the filling on one side, and fold the dough from another side making a half-moon.
Full Moon Nigerian Meat Pie
The second most used shape for making a Nigerian meat pie is a full moon. For making a full moon Nigerian pie shape, the take dough and place the filling on the top and then cover the filling with another dough on the top.
Some Other shapes of Nigerian Meat Pie
Other shapes of the Nigerian meat pie which you can see in Nigeria are star shape, Rolls shapes, heart shapes, etc. In simple words, Nigerian pie is not bound to one shape or size. You can cook your Nigerian pie in any shape and size you want.
Tools needed while making Nigerian Meat Pie
If you want to make a Nigerian meat pie, you can cook it with your simple, daily life kitchen tools. Expect from needing experience and patience for making a Nigerian pie you don’t need any kind of special tools.
Recipe for Nigerian Meat Pie
- All-purpose flour (One kg)
- Baking Powder
- Baking butter (500mg)
- A cup of water (Better milk)
First of all, take all-purpose flour in a bowl and add salt and baking powder to it, and mix everything thing until they combined. Create a well (hole) in the center and add butter to it. Now it’s time to get dirty your hand. Use your hands for mix butter with flour and mix it until it becomes crumbly. Add some water (Milk) and mix and knead it.
Transfer your dough to a working plain surface and knead it there for 5-6 minutes. After kneading your dough, transfer it into a clean bowl. Cover the dough in the bowl with a plastic wrapper and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before using.
After resting for sometimes your dough is ready for making a Nigerian meat pie.
Making the filling for Nigerian Meat Pie
- Beef (Mince)
- 1 Potato
- 1 Onion
- Chicken Stock Cubes
- All-Purpose Seasoning
- Black Pepper
- Bonnet Pepper
Making the filling for Nigerian meat pie, cut a large potato into small size cubes. The cubes should not be too smalls otherwise the potato cubes will be too mushy when cooked. Chopped an onion. Put a cooking pan on the stove and add some oil.
Heat the oil and then add the chopped onion to the oil in a pan, and fry the onion on low to medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Once the onion turns to a little brown, add one chopped bonnet pepper to it. Fry the bonnet pepper with onion for another 2 minutes.
Keep it in mind that add bonnet pepper as much as you like to add spice to your Nigerian pie. Adding too much or less can ruin your taste of Nigerian meat pie, add it according to your preference.
Now add your minced beef to it. Fry your minced beef with everything until your minced meat color turns brown and all the pink bits gone. Break down your minced meat with stirring the spoon in the pan. It shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes.
Once your minced meat brown, add a chicken stock cube, all-purpose seasoning, and black pepper. Make sure you stir it well and fry it for further 2-3 minutes.
Now add the potato cubes to the minced meat, and make sure to stir and all the potato cubes evenly coated with minced meat.
After adding potato cubes to the minced meat, add hot water to it, the water should be slightly covering the minced meat and potato cubes. Now lower the heat and sear for 4-5 minutes to cook the potato cubes slightly.
You do not need to fully cook the potato cubes as it will also cook in the oven when you bake our Nigerian meat pie.
Once the water reduces by half, evenly distribute some plain flour. Mix it with everything well and quickly to avoid lumps. By adding plain flour to it, its thicken the sauce and make the filling lovely and moist.
If you like you filling dry, you can skip adding water to it. Now you add the plain flour, cook it for about 3 minutes to make sure your meat filling does not have a floury taste to it. After 3 minutes, you will see that the sauce is thickened and any other extra liquid has dried. Your meat filling is ready to use.
Baking Nigerian Meat Pie
Once your dough (for achieving flaky texture put the dough into the refrigerator) and meat filling is ready, then it’s time to bake some tasty making Nigerian meat pie.
Making Nigerian meat pie is an art one should master it before cooking it. It is a game of patience. So first of all, take out your dough, dust the cooking board with flour. Put the dough on the board and cut it into four equal portions with the help of a knife.
Then cut the cut pieces of Dough into further pieces. You can cut the dough as many pieces as you like. Before baking making Nigerian meat pie, make sure to pre-heated the oven at 175 degrees.
Now take one of the dough pieces you cut earlier, and roll it out with the help of a rolling pin to your desired thickness. Now cut the flatten dough into a circle shape (With help of a bowl if you do not have any other tool).
Put a spoonful of filling on to the center of the pastry. Carefully stretch and fold over one edge of the pastry over to others and then press along firmly. And finally, you want to crimp the edge of the pastry with a fork to seal the meat pie.
Now place your meat pie on the baking pan/tray. Make sure your pan/tray is non-stick or lightly grease your baking tray.
Now once you place your meat pie into the baking tray. Beat one egg in a bowl and using a pastry brush, brush the meat pie top with egg. After brushing the surface of meat pie (to give them a nice glaze) your meat pie is ready to go in the preheated oven.
Out your meat pie into the oven and bake it at 175 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Take out your meat pie roughly after 40 minutes, and let it slightly cool to be eaten. Now your Nigerian meat pie is ready to eat. Enjoy. Happy Eating.
Recipe By: Ivonne Ajayi
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