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MANTIJA (BEEF PIE OF PIES)

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Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty ...pies, baked in this pie.  Yeah, you got it a pie of pies!  The Albanians have some serious pastry game going on here.  This particular variety is filled with minced beef and is bloody tasty with a dribble of Greek yoghurt.

Now for the official ranking of other pies of pies which need to happen.

  1. Pork pie of pies
  2. Cherry lattice pie of pies
  3. Cornish pie of pasties
  4. Apple pie of pies
  5. Bakewell tart of tarts (saucy)
  6. Chicken pot pie of pies
  7. Russian roulette pie of dies
  8. Shepherds pie of pies
  9. Karjalanpiiraka of karjalanpiirakas
  10. Cream pie of pies

Poppy asked to get involved with the cooking this week, so she also made a mantija

Makes Dulcie's List   Makes Cosmin's List
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ingredients

  • 450g puff pastry
  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1tsp melted butter to glaze
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 TO SERVE
  • Yoghurt

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER PORTION

  • Calories | 446
  • Fat | 27.2g

Serves | 8

Prep Time | 30 minutes (plus 1 hour cooling time)

Cooking Time | 45 minutes

method

  1. Fry the onions in the olive oil until transluscent.  Add the minced beef and garlic and continue cooking until cooked through.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the paprika, black pepper and salt.  Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool to room temperature
  3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to ¼ cm thickness and cut into 8cm squares.
  4. Put a teaspoon of the beef filling in the centre of each square, bring the four corners to the centre and pinch closed so you have a perfectly sealed parcel.
  5. Place the pastries seam side down and closely packed together in a shallow cast iron casserole dish (no lid) or baking tray and glaze the top with the melted butter.
  6. Cook at 180˚c for approximately 30 minutes until golden and serve with yoghurt

Based on a recipe found at BefasiTEkuzhines channel on youtube

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