Home made is best, even though I cheat by buying ready made pastry.
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and bacon if using and saute for 5 minutes then add the lean ground beef and stir until browned and well mixed. Stir in sauces and water and bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes covered. Mix the 1/4 cup water with either the gravy powder or cornflour and slowly add to the saucepan with the heat turned up so it boils and thickens. ( This can be made a day ahead as the filling needs to be cold when ready to be assembled ).
2. Remove pastry sheets from freezer 15 minutes before so that they can thaw a little. Spray pie plates, ramikin dishes, even custard cups or muffin tins with spray oil. Judge the size of what it is going to line and cut sheets to size.
3. Line the base`s with the shortcrust pastry and using your hands work the pastry so that the pastry lays flat on the base and sides of dish, now prick the bottom and sides ( to prevent any air bubbles ) then cut any excess pastry from the top with a sharp knife to make a neat edge.
4. Place cold filling in and if you like cheese ( as I sure do ) leave a little space to lay some cheese on top of the filling. Cut the puff pastry to cover the tops but before laying the tops on, wet the top edges of the shortcrust pastry with a little milk then lay the top on and press down lightle with the tines of a fork.
5. Prick the tops of the puff pastry with the tines of the fork or a small sharp knife and place on the middle rack in a 180 degree oven for about 25minutes, until puffed and golden.
The filling and the cooked pies can be frozen, but I never keep any cooked food in the freezer for more than a month.
kaylapierce 3y ago
indm 7y agoI've made this pie several times already and it has always been a success!! I eliminated bacon because I dont eat pork. This recipe is so easy to make!! Love it love it!
daylightsun 10y agoThe filling and the cooked pies can be frozen, but I never keep any cooked food in the freezer for more than a month. [I posted this recipe.]