Last week I had the opportunity to get together with Pepperidge Farm and a few friends to learn about some of the simple ways you can serve delicious, quick, and easy food for your game day celebrations using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.
With everything from meals, to appetizers and desserts I've got quite the round-up for you, but first let me share my very own recipe for beef and bacon meat pies.
In Australia, a traditional football food (yes for Aussie Rules football) is meat pies. Unlike chicken pot pies in the U.S. meat pies are filled with beef and you can get them with an assortment of other fillings too, they can become quite complex and have become more gourmet over the years, but the football tradition is still the standard meat pie.
Meat pies in general are about the size of a pot pie, but for parties we like to do party sized pies (or party pies as we call them). Party pies are much smaller, more like an appetizer or finger food. We serve them with tomato sauce (or ketchup) and if you are a true Aussie you peel the top layer of puff pastry off the pie, add the sauce to the filling and then eat them separately. Which amused my boyfriend to no end when I was showing him how to eat a pie Aussie style when I made these - he already thinks we are a crazy lot so this didn't exactly help my cause of convincing him we aren't.
Here is my recipe for Beef and Bacon Meat Pies.
serves: approximately 24 party pies
- 4 sheets Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
- 500g ground beef
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 4 rashes of bacon (uncooked and chopped)
- 1 cup beef stock + 1-2 tbs extra
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs milk
- 1 tbs butter - melted
- 1/4 cup flour
- pinch of salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Unwrap the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets and lay them flat on lightly floured cutting boards to thaw.
The first thing you will do is prepare the filling for the pie.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and bacon. Cook until the onion is translucent and the bacon is mostly cooked, but not crispy. Add the ground beef and continue cooking over high heat until brown. Add in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of beef stock, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir and continue cooking until liquid is heated through. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
Combine the cornstarch and extra beef stock in a small bowl until thick and carefully add it to your meat, stir until the sauce thickens. Set your meat sauce aside to cool a little, it will continue thickening as it's cooling.
Grease your pie pans with the melted butter and flour. Shake off any excess flour.
You will need two sizes of puff pastry circles cut. I used a standard canning jar for the smaller size (top) and a larger glass for the larger size (base). Cut out your circles.
Press the larger circle into the base of the pie pan. Prick the center with a fork as this will help to stop it from rising in the middle while cooking.
Add your slightly cooled filling to each of the pie bases. Brush a little milk around the edges of the pastry and add the top, pressing the edges together.
Bake for approximately 22-25 minutes until the top is browned slightly and flaky.
Serve with ketchup (or tomato sauce).
If you don't want to make 24 party pies you can do what I did which was make 12 party pies and then freeze the extra filling which I used for dinner one night on pasta. Yes, this filling makes a great, thick pasta sauce too.
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These were the dishes served at the party I attended. They were all delicious.
These dishes were all made using the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets and you will find more details on how to make these recipes over at MomSmack.
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