Traditional English Beef & Potato Picnic Pies - Pasties

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 2hrs




  • First peel and cut your potatoes into even size chunks & then boil for about 15-20 minutes or until very tender, but not too mushy.
  • Drain the potatoes and add the milk, butter, salt & pepper to taste.
  • Mash very well with a potato masher or using a hand-held mixer.
  • Mash/mix until there are no lumps left.
  • The mashed potato should be smooth but fairly firm and not too soft.
  • Heat up the oil in a large roomy pan and add the diced onions. Add the garlic if using with the onions.
  • Cook the onions for about 15-20 minutes, until soft and golden.
  • Remove the onions and set to one side in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the minced beef, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Stir the minced beef all the time to break down any lumps. Cook for about 15 - 20 minutes until cooked & brown all the way through.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, soy sauce, herbs, tomato puree if using and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper. Mix together thoroughly.
  • Continue to simmer and add the beef stock - stirring all the time for a further 5 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and add the beef mixture to the onions.
  • Mix them together thoroughly & then add the mashed potatoes - mix again well.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 220C, 425F or gas mark 7.
  • Grease 6 x 5" pie tins OR 1 x 9" ovenproof pie plate.
  • Sprinkle some flour onto a board and roll out the ready-made puff pastry.
  • Taking a saucer or a large cookie cutter, cut out six x bottoms for the pie tins, just slightly larger than the tins. (Invert the pie plate & cut around it for a plate pie.).
  • Put the pastry bottoms into the buttered tins (or on to the buttered plate) and fill generously with the beef and potato pie filling.
  • Cut out the lid/s and moisten the edges of the bottom pastry case with water; then place the lid/s on top - making sure they reach right up to the edge.
  • Crimp the edges of the pastry with a fork or your fingers to make a seal.
  • Cut two slits on top of the pies with a knife or scissors.
  • Glaze with the beaten egg (or milk) and sprinkle some sea salt.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25- 30 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.
  • Serve warm or cold with pickles, chutneys and assorted salads.
  • Ideal for picnics, snacks, light lunches & brunch.
  • Freezer:
  • To freeze them, pack them with greaseproof paper between each pie in a freezer container. Defrost for at least 6 hours. Can be frozen before the final baking or after being baked. To cook when unbaked, defrost them & then follow the directions above.