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.