Meat pie, is an easy-to-make gloriously delicious snack enjoyed across the world. French  Cameroonians call it Pili Pili, while in some Latin American countries, it goes by the name Empanada. Yes I call it meat pie

A few years ago, a friend of mine, (an expert meat pie maker) taught me how to put this delicacy together. During our first practical session, she demanded I put off my fish rolls gloves when making meat pie to get the best results. Today I dropped off those fish roll gloves and made the best meat pies ever!  I am glad I have mastered the skill on how to make rich Cameroon meat pie and am here to share the recipe with you all.

Because it is a widely consumed snack, there are varied recipes out there. If you are not satisfied with eating meat pie with a bread-like crust, girl I got you on this one. This recipe is soft, crispy and very delicious, it has a melting effect in the mouth!

Ah enough of the small talk, let’s see how to get it done:

Ingredients

(i) For the meat pie dough

  • 1 kg all purpose flour
  • 500g butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 80ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 eggs

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(i) For the Filling

  • 200g ground beef
  • 1 medium-sized chopped onions
  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 1/2 sliced red bell peppers
  • A bouillon cube
  • 1 can of sardine fillets
  • chopped parsley
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Extra Ingredient:

  • 1 egg (white) for brushing on the finished product
How to get it done:

It is always a smart idea to start with the filling:

Open the can of sardine fillets and drain oil into a small pot

Season the ground beef with a cube of bouillon and set aside

Fry onions in the drained sardine oil

Pour in the seasoned ground beef and give it a generous stir

Throw in carrots and bell peppers, stir and let it cook for about 5mins

Add in sardine fillet, and lastly, a tablespoon chopped parsley.

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Let the whole mixture cook for about 10 mins

Remove and set aside

Making the  meat pie dough:

Now, a dough maker could make things easier, but no worries if you do not have one. Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work:

In a large bowl, mix in all the dry ingredients

With your fingers, rub butter into the flour

Beat eggs and pour into the flour and mix

Add in 80ml (about a cup or use your baby’s bottle to measure if you are mom:-)) of milk

Knead diligently till all the ingredients are nicely incorporated.

An indication that you got the right consistency is the non-sticky nature of the dough.

 Preheat oven to 180 degrees (356F)

Cut the dough into small round balls and give it a massage in-between your two hands!

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Flatten out the dough to a 2mm thickness

Place spoonfuls of the meat filling in the center of the flattened dough.

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Fold from one side to meet the other side.

Firmly close the edges with your fingers

With a fork, press the edges to give it a beautiful design.

Place the folded batch on a baking sheet

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Brush the meat pies with egg white

Bake in the preheated oven till it turns slightly brown, it should be about 30 mins.

Remove, let it cool

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Enjoy!

If you found this recipe helpful and informative; check out some of my other great recipes below:

P.S Watch me make some on my YouTube channel.