I felt like eating something with a different flavor… I looked to my Nigerian colleagues who exposed me to their quite delicious culture! So I made these Nigerian meat pies I found on Saveur… I used Puff Pastry for the dough found in the dessert frozen section at the grocery store, because obviously… who has time to be messing around with dough on a weeknight?!? Hope you all enjoy this recipe!!
Cook the russet potato in boiling water for about 15 minutes until barely cooked through. Cool thoroughly by running under cold water. Peel (discarding peels) and chop into 1/4 inch cubes.
In a medium sized pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the curry and heat 'til fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the red onions, carrots and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, ground beef, and red pepper flakes, stirring to break up the ground beef, and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the reserved potato cubes, beef stock, and salt, and bring mixture to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool.
Depending on the puff pastry you buy you can use cups (as pictured above) or sheets (pictured here).. the cups are much easier though.
For the cups (usually 6 in a box).. you just bake the cups according to the instructions on the box, then when they're done baking you fill them with the beef filling.
On a well floured surface, roll out pie dough into a rectangle 1/8-inch thick. Use a 5-inch round pastry cutter to stamp out dough circles. Collect scraps, re-roll, and stamp out more circles until you have 10 circles total. Lay each circle out flat on a floured surface and place 2 full tablespoons of cooled filling in the center of each. Brush the edges of the pastry circles with a pastry brush dipped in water, and fold one end of the circle over the filling, aligning with the other end of the circle to form a half moon shape. Use the tines of a fork to press down gently on the edges where the ends meet to crimp the edges, completely sealing them.
Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the whole egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush the top of each pie with the egg wash. Prick the tops of each pie with a fork. Bake pies for 20-25 minutes, until crust is golden brown and filling is just bubbling through the tops. Remove pies from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
For something really fresh and delicious.. Try this Toasted Chicken Pesto Baguette recipe I found on Damn Delicious! Very delicious.. I made the pesto in my Ninja Food Processor.. It was a little TOO EASY! You can use any food processor to make this. I followed the recipe as is, but I used more chicken to pesto ratio in the mix to get a lighter pesto taste. I bought this baguette from Publix… If you don’t have a Publix bakery near you… Sorry I just love their deli and bakery! Slit the baguette in the middle and toast it in the oven on broil for about 4 minutes.. Keep your eye on it so it doesn’t burn! I then layered it in this order.. mozzarella, arugula, roma tomatoes, chicken pesto mixture… Eat promptly when warm… SO GOOD!
I found this great recipe for a One Pot Beef Vegetable skillet on Roxana’s Home Baking blog! This takes a little more time to make, but it’s well worth it. I would also use some Flavor God seasoning on the meat!
First and foremost, let me tell you that if you love lasagna.. you will probably eat the entire pan! You have the option of swapping out the beef for turkey if you want, but I prefer it as is with lean sirloin beef (A little more expensive but more than worth it). If you would like to add chopped veggies to this recipe, I would add them right before you add the sauce over the broken lasagna shells due to the fact that you don’t wan’t to overcook them!
Another helpful hint, broiling in this recipe is just to brown the top, so keep your eye on it and don’t leave it in there for too long! ENJOY!
Pulse the tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely ground and no large pieces remain
Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 tsp of salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Sir in the garlic, pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds
Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook, stirring often and using a wooden spoon to break up the meat, about 3 to 5 minutes, or until it's no longer pink.
Scatter the pasta in the skillet, then pour the tomatoes over the top. Sir, increase the heat to medium-high, and cover. Cook at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is tender, 20 minutes. Make sure you stir it often or the pasta will clump together and to the bottom and sides of the skillet!!!!
Meanwhile Preheat your oven on broil!
Remove the skillet from heat, and stir in half the mozzarella and parmesan, and 1/4 cup of the ricotta. Dot the remaining ricotta over the noddles in tables spoons, then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan. Transfer to the oven and broil until the cheese melts and is starting to brown (This will only take a few minutes.. keep an eye on it).
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with basil, and serve.