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Challenge #3 New Zealand Meat Pie


My husband is from New Zealand. In all the corner shops & little bakeries, they sell all kinds of individual pie – there are meat pies, cheese pies, meat & cheese pies. They are so good! Obviously I can’t get them here in Bend, Oregon. My husband loves them, so I wanted to make him a special treat. I searched the internet & found a few recipes. I used the one below, but now I can’t find it again! So sorry to whoever posted it.

We had relatives visit last summer from New Zealand so I asked them to find some little pie tins to make the pies in. I’m sure you can get some here in the States as well.

I’ve made it twice now. Once with the pie crust that they suggested & most recently with puff pastry dough. My husband loved them & they are so yummy. I’ll definitely be making them again.

New Zealand Meat Pie

New Zealand Meat Pie Recipe


  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 400 grams of ground, lean beef (beef mince)
  • 1 Tbsp of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of beef stock
  • 1/8 cup of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Vegemite or substitute 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 4 sheets frozen, ready-rolled pie pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 small pie tins & baking tray
  • Tomato sauce (ketchup)


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and fry for 3-4 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  2. Add ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon until browned.
  3. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of beef stock and stir well. Set aside.
  4. Add remaining beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and Vegemite to beef. Stir well to combine. Add cornflour mixture and stir. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat and cool.
  5. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  6. Place a pie tin on pastry and cut a circle around it. Repeat process to make another 3 circles — these are the pie tops. Set aside.
  7. Place pie tin on pastry again and cut a circle that’s slightly larger than tin (about 1/2 inch bigger) — this is the pie base. Repeat process to make another 3 bases.
  8. Press base pastry into pie tins and press up the sides. Fill with meat mixture. Brush rims with water.
  9. Place pie tops over meat. Use a fork to press edges to seal. Trim edges if necessary. Brush tops with egg.
  10. Place pies on to a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve with tomato sauce (ketchup).

For details of this challenge, click here.


3 thoughts on “Challenge #3 New Zealand Meat Pie

  1. Thank you for NZ Pie. I am a NZ’er living in Thailand

  2. Great recipe loved it. I added a little garlic to mine and some beer instead of vegemite as its hard to find where i live to get that gravy the familiar flavour and n cooked the alcohol out. Thanks so much for the slice of home. ☺

  3. Hi there! After over 6 years in the states, married to an American also, I have realised what is missing in my life – Kiwi pies! All kidding aside, as the years have gone on I kept on saying that I had to learn how to make them. We know of a local Kiwi on the east coast that makes some (, but they ain’t anywhere near the price one can get them in NZ, so have become more of a luxury, where the were once a regular experience. Now that I have a recipe to try, just need to find a seller of oval pie dishes, preferably in a 6 piece mold, to complete the task of replacing what is missing in my American diet 🙂

    P.S The google search that led me to your page, also had on it, which looks to be very close in instruction to the one posted here. Maybe the source? Though TOTALLY NOT AN AUSTRALIAN FOOD 😉

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