Natchitoches Meat Pie Recipe

Delicious homemade southern style meat pies loaded with peppers, onions, cheese and a multitude of spices will bring you back to you childhood, well that is if you are from the South. Whether you grew up on meat pies, chowed down on one at a summer fair or you are trying our own meat pie recipe for the first time, we hope that some day at some point you will have been able to experience the magic of a meat pie.

Traditionally, the dough is fried to a crisp in peanut oil but we here at E3 like the baked version the best. The flaky buttery dough still holds its crispness in the oven and actually retains the flavor of the filling better than the fried version. Meat Pies are one of the most easiest dishes you can make and extremely versatile, as they are widely known for their different variations throughout all cultures. Try one- you won’t be disappointed.

Natchitoches Meat Pies
  • 2 pounds E3 Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tsp E3 Seasonall
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used cheddar)
  • For the Dough:
  • 2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, until meat is no longer red and is broken into tiny bits. Stir in flour over meat, mixing thoroughly. Remove from heat. Add in the remaining ingredients, mix and cool to room temperature.
  2. For the Dough:
  3. Cut shortening into the flour in a large mixing bowl. Mix in egg and milk and stir until it forms a ball, which will be very sticky. Divide the dough into 3 batches and with the first batch roll out the dough onto a floured board to about one-eighth-inch thick, adding flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking. Cut dough into approx 5-6 inch circles and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining batches of dough.
  4. When time to assemble, place a heaping tablespoon of filling on one side of a dough circle. Dampen edge of pastry with fingertips moistened with water. Fold pastry over meat and crimp with fork tines dipped in water, pressing to seal. Prick each pie twice on top with fork. In a small bowl, combine 1 egg yolk plus 1 TBSP Milk and brush tops of meat pies with egg wash. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

E3’s Meat Pies are one of the most easiest dishes you can make and extremely versatile. Try our recipe today.