Having just posted my stellar recipe for Argentine Empanadas, it occurred to me that there is a Down Under recipe equivalent to empanadas that is rarely seen outside Australia!
Since I have yet to show any TFD love to our brother and sisters Down Under, let me say, G’day Aussies! With that, it’s time to share my recipe for that most iconic of Australian recipes – the Aussie Meat Pie!
Down Under, meat pies are THE traditional snack while watching a football (aka soccer to us Americans) or rugby game.
My version of this iconic recipe nods even further south than the Australian mainland to the island of Tasmania, home to the Tasmanian Devil and the fantastic Tasmanian pepper, which I use to help amp up the flavor of my recipe.
BTW, Tasmanian pepper is not actually a peppercorn but has distinct peppery overtones, along with the taste of herbs, juniper, and a whole lot more. It’s classified as a “super-spice” like grains of paradise – possessing a flavor so complex it defies easy categorization.
Put simply – they’re absolutely delicious, buy them here.
Most Aussie Meat Pies are round, but I make mine rectangular, as they do in Tasmania. You can of course make them in any shape you want. 😉
This recipe calls for making your own puff pastry, but you can certainly buy a good frozen puff pastry if you prefer. I’ve cribbed the recipe for the puff pastry and crust from a famous Australian recipe, but the filling is all mine!
So, without further ado: enjoy this classic recipe of the Southern Hemisphere, Citizens! 🙂 I would serve a delicious Pavlova for dessert after this for a complete Australian meal!
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