I do not know about you but whenever I make a dish using minced meat, I always end up with a little bit leftover that is not really enough for a portion and I never know what to do with it. I do not want to waste it but it seems a bit pointless to keep it if it will not even serve a single person. However, after many years of struggling with this, I now have the answer! Make leftover minced meat dishes into pies using my new Judge Electric Deep Dish Pie Maker.
All you need to do is roll out some pastry to about 3mm thick (shop brought is fine – I used Jus-Rol!) and using the cutter provided in the box with the pie maker, cut out the bottom of your pie and put it gently into the pie maker. Then you put your cooled filling in and place a lid on top, which you have using the other side of the cutter. You then turn the pie maker on, give it a few minutes to preheat and then within 15 minutes you have two perfectly cooked pies with crisp pastry and no soggy bottom in sight! To make the tiny bit of mince from a mild chilli con carne that I had cooked stretch to fill two deep dish pies, I cooked a carrot and a couple of small potatoes and allowed them to go cool before adding them to mince. This was a double leftover winner as I never use all the carrots from a normal supermarket bag and I always have potatoes hanging around the kitchen waiting to be used too.
- 500g shortcrust pastry, ready made is fine
- 200g leftover mince from bolognaise or chilli etc
- 1 carrot, peeled, chopped into small dice, cooked and cooled
- 2-3 small potatoes, peeled, chopped into small dice, cooked and cooled
- Roll out the pastry until it is about 3mm thick and using the cutter provided with the pie maker, cut out the two bases for your pie.
- Place them gently into the pie maker, filling any cracks or gaps with excess pastry the carefully spoon the cooled filling in and press down gently to ensure that there are no gaps.
- Roll out the pastry again and cut out two lids using the cutter. Put the lids on top of the pies and close the lid of the pie maker and secure using the clip
- Turn the unit on and allow it to preheat then wait 10-15 minutes and check to see whether the pies are cooked enough for you.
- Carefully remove from the pie maker and eat with lots of gravy and more vegetables
Stay tuned for a gluten free fruit pie made in the Judge Electric Deep Dish Pie Maker which I shall be posting on Friday to end #BritishPieWeek. What is your favourite pie filling?
I was sent a Judge Electric Deep Dish Pie Maker for the purposes of review. I was sent some vouchers to buy some Jus-Rol pastry. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review