Sunday, August 02, 2009

Mini Cottage Pies

Aren’t these the cutest little pies you’ve ever seen? Believe me; they tasted even better than they look! These savory little pies make great hors d’oeuvres for party or any gatherings and I am sure it will impress your guests. These mini pies are really simple to make and you can prepare them ahead of time before the party. Feel free to make a one large pie if you want to. Either way you will not be disappointed.

(adapted from Women's Weekly Cookbooks)

Shortcrust pastry – refer to the recipe here (you can use the store bought pastry)

250 grm ground beef
1 medium onion – chopped finely
2 cloves garlic – chopped
2 tomatoes – cut into small cubes
½ cup of beef stock or water
¼ cup frozen peas
1 tbsp of chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp of chopped parsley
2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

2 large potatoes or 3 medium size potatoes (500 grm)
¼ cup milk
1 tbsp butter
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Lightly greased some muffin pans or tartlets pans. Roll out the dough to about 1/8” thickness. Using a round cutter cut out rounds and places the dough to the pans. Prick the tart shells all over with a fork and blind bake until golden brown. Remove and let it cool.
2. Heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan. Cook onions and garlic until soften and lightly brown. Add in beef, cook, stirring until beef changes color. Add in tomato, water, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Bring it up to boil. Reduce heat, simmer until liquid has evaporated. Stir in peas and chopped parsley. Check seasoning and remove from heat.
3. Boil potato until soft. Remove and drain. Mash potato in a large bowl. Stir in butter, milk, and egg yolk, salt and pepper until well combined.
4. Spoon potato mixture into piping bag fitted with a large star tips.
5. Put the pastry casing on a baking sheet, fill about 1 tsp of beef mixture, and pipe potato over the beef. Set your oven to boil and broil the tarts until the tops slightly brown.
6. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Zue Murphy said...

This mini pastry will be excellent for finger food party. They are so cute. I like what you did with the mashed potato. Very creative.

Dori said...

These are great, and obviously tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

There are so cute! Perfect finger food for parties!

Rachel Hei said...

wow, these pies are so lovely.. what a great idea for the party..^_^

Anne Coleman said...

They're perfect! I bet they were fabulous in flavor, too.

Jun said...

Gert...these r great...put in d list 1st, hehhe

TINTIN said...

Lovely pies...I haven't made tiny pies before. Can I have one piece please? lol..

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

lovely pie:P can I have a piece please:)

Elin Chia said...

Cute they are...and mouth watering too. Keep some for me ya :) I feel like taking it off from my screen :p coz it is like you are offering it to me :)))

Tricia said...

Looks Sooo delicious! Will try to make soon!


Little Corner of Mine said...

Yes cute! If you said it tasted better than it looks, I believed you! Wish I can taste it!

Cooking Gallery said...

Hmm, looks so yummy...!

Food For Tots said...

These mini pies look so cute and irresitable! Will definitely try to make it soon. ;)

ICook4Fun said...

Zue, thank you. They are great for party.

Meeso, yes it is :)

Pigpig, yeap

Rachel, thank you.

Anne, thank you.

Jun, hope you like it :)

Tintin, sure you can :)

Lesley, come on over :)

Elin, ha ha

Tricia, you are welcome.

LCOM, they are cute, aren't they :)

Cooking Gallery, thanks for stopping by. I love you blog :)

Food for tots, hope you like it as much as we do :)

mycookinghut said...

Looks so cute!

Christelle said...

Wow they look superb, they impress me, never mind the guests!! :)

Sophie said...

These are so much fun, very cute. I like how the mashed potatoes on top look like little roses :).

ICook4Fun said...

Leemei, thank you.

Christelle, thank you :)

Sophie, thank you.

Noob Cook said...

looks so pretty man ... this kind of standard, can sell! hehe XD

ICook4Fun said...

Noobcook, thank you. No lah. Not up to the standard yet ha ha..

Anonymous said...

Would these be appropriate for a high school market day?

And how many does this recipie make?

ICook4Fun said...

I made these in one bite size piece and it yield about 2 dozen pieces. If you want to make this for your high school market day it has to be much bigger like the normal tart size. You might get 8-9 pieces out of this recipe.