60 minutes


4 – 6


Easy to Intermediate


Treat time

Plate Meat Pie

It’s not gourmet, but a plate meat pie is inexpensive and tasty and just the food you look forward to – why you would buy a frozen one I don’t know. This is a frugal midweek marvel.


In today’s podcast, Paul and Diana show you how easy it is to make your own, not to mention so much healthier!



2 chopped onions



500 g minced steak


Salt and pepper


Big Splash of Worcestershire Sauce


Beef Stock


400 g Plain Flour


100 g Lard


100 g Butter


1 level teaspoon salt


Water to mix


Fry the onion in the oil gently for 5 minutes



Add the steak and mix well



Add salt and pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce and cook until the meat changes colour



Add sufficient water/stock to cover the base and just peep through the meat



Thicken either with cornflour or gravy mix



Allow to cool completely



To make the pastry



Cube the fat and add to the sifted flour and a teaspoon of salt



Rub the fat in until you have crumbs



Add sufficient water to make a moist paste



Store covered in the fridge until required



Grease a baking tin or other container for baking – you could simply put a pastry lid on this, as in the photograph above



Roll out two thirds of the pastry for the base, then spoon the cold meat mixture into the base



Roll out the top and having moistened the edges, press together with flutes using the fingers or a fork



Bake in the oven at 190ºC, 375ºF, Gas 5 for 40 minutes, and the pastry should be very golden!


These delicious meals will broaden your menu so try something new today!