These easy weeknight hand pies are the perfect tasty meal - and a great way to use any leftovers you have on hand! Best of all, they only take 30 minutes to make and the whole family will love them!
I wanted to join in with the Fandom Foodies once again this month - I just can't help but continue my love of combining my love of books and movies with my love of food. #cantstopwontstop This month they were giving a nod to both Halloween and Tim Burton with Burtoween!
I have always enjoyed the quirky fun movies that Tim Burton makes, but I have definitely never made any recipes inspired by him. In fact, I had to really do some thinking on what I wanted to make. But in the end, I could not Mrs Lovett's Meat Pies from Sweeney Todd out of my mind. Not only are Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp some of my favorite actors, but I love the dark yet fun mood that Sweeney Tood Portrays. But, meat pies are not really your typical weeknight fare. They often take several hours - the time you sear and braise the meat, make the perfect gravy, and make the pie crust from scratch - these delicious treats are totally not meant for the average Tuesday night.
My solution to making these quick and easy is to use ground meat instead of chunks. This seriously reduces the cooking time, and doesn't require you to braise (and therefore) tenderize pieces of meat. This is also a PERFECT way to use any leftovers you happen to have on hand! Just dice anything leftover meat into small pieces and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
These meat pies are also a great way to use leftover veggies you have on hand! Add in any extra veggies you have on hand - frozen, shredded, diced, even baby food works (I won't tell if you don't). I also find that using ready made puff pastry here is totally key. Yes, I know, I run a "from scratch" food blog - but, don't judge me here, I find that store bought puff pastry is actually pretty good. Its easy, its cheap, and it does a decent job, especially when its a weeknight and you want a good meal on the table RIGHT NOW. So.... I am ok using it in the recipe. It's either that or make a 30 minute recipe an hour long recipe, or wake up at 5 am to make your puff pastry dough in the morning. I know which one I would choose...
I think Mrs. Lovett would be proud of these - just use whatever you have laying around and make it work! They are the best pies this side of.. anywhere! Check out the other awesome Tim Burton inspired recipes.