How to make the best Australian meat pie?

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“Australia’s love of this snack has led to its elevation into countless modern varieties of the classic. Local bakeries, found in almost every neighbourhood in Australia, usually offer several varieties of meat pie,” ~ Australia Tourism

Forming part of our Western Australia feature is Vera Abitbol of 196 Flavors traditional home-made Australian meat pie recipe. Vera is an “expert” with over 30 years of experience in the kitchen. She has mastered the basics of cooking and often offers advice on various groups and culinary sites.

Typically there is nothing more Australian when it comes to food than Australian meat pie. Vera agrees, “Meat pie is an emblematic dish of Australia and New Zealand. Every hour, 50,000 pies come out of Australian ovens and kitchens.” That is a tremendous number!

Vera is great with guiding you through this recipe, and adds, “There were no surprises during the preparation of this recipe except that I highly recommend you to correctly glue the top layer of dough so that the filling is enclosed, and that it cooks without drying. My second piece of advice is for busy moms to perhaps prepare this recipe with pre-made dough. Valuable advice for busy dads as well!”


Australian meat pie recipe

  • Preparation time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Rest time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 40 minutes


For the dough

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup water, warm
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • ½ lb beef, minced or cut into fine pieces
  • 2 oz bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 pinches of grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

To brush the dough

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Ketchup


Australian meat pie website details:

196 flavors is a unique culinary blog created and designed by Vera and Mike. It is the only bilingual (French and English) world cuisine food blog, which allows a greater number of foodies as curious as the duo to discover unique, unusual and above all authentic recipes.

According to 196 Flavours, Australian meat pie is very close to Irish Guinness pie or Canadian tourtiere.


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