Happy New Year everyone! Amanda from Simple Home Cook here to give you some easy recipes to start off your 2016.
My first recipe for Be A Fun Mum this year is ‘Beef and Vegetable Pasties’. Not as easy as a bakery bought pasty but it is still an easy meal which is a whole lot cheaper and at least you know what the ingredients are.
It is a great meal for any night of the week which goes perfect with a side of mashed veges. I usually make a double batch and keep them in the freezer for that night when I get home late from after school activities.
Put it on your menu this year!
Amanda (Simple Home Cook)
Beef & vegetable pasties
Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Makes 8 pasties
- 1 Tbspn oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 500g lean beef mince
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 Tbspn cornflour
- ¾ cup beef stock
- 1/3 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- pinch salt
- 4 sheets puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- Line 2 large oven trays with baking paper.
- Heat oil in a frypan over medium to high heat. Add onion & cook until soft. Add mince & cook for 3 mins. Break up lumps with the end of a whisk if required. This works a treat and avoids having big chunks in your pasties. Add vegetables & cook for an additional 2 mins.
- Mix cornflour & 1 Tbspn of beef stock to make a paste. Add cornflour paste, stock, sauces & salt to the mince mixture. Bring to boil & reduce to a simmer for 5 mins or until thick. Allow mixture to cool.
- While meat mixture is cooling, cut each pastry sheet into 2 triangles.
- Place a large spoonful of filling onto each triangle & fold in half. Completely seal the edges to avoid leakages.
- Place the pasties onto lined oven trays. Cover with foil & refrigerate until required.
- Preheat oven to 220°C. Brush top of pasties with a beaten egg. This step is optional. The egg makes the top of the pasties golden and flaky but is not essential. Cook, uncovered in preheated oven for 20 mins or until golden.
- Vegetables can be thawed & mashed before adding to mince.
- Add bacon & mushrooms for a richer flavour.
Post written by Amanda Arnold
My name is Amanda and I am passionate about simple, quick and affordable recipes that anyone can make. I have a facebook page called ‘Simple home cook’ where I share my recipes which will get you through your busy week that won’t break your budget. Please head over and check out my FB pages ‘Simple home cook’ and ‘ALDI home cook’.