A fun, all-Aussie appetizer from The Essential Finger Food Cookbook; little meat pies - traditional or uncovered - made from ready rolled shortcrust pastry baked in patty tins.
- 6 sheets shortcrust pastry, pre-rolled
- 2 small tomatoes, sliced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 500 g beef mince
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 375 ml beef stock
- 80 ml tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed herbs
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Cut pastry into 48 circles if making traditional pies, or 24 if making uncovered pies using a 7 cm round cutter.
- Press 24 circles into two lightly greased 12-hole patty tins.
- To make filling, heat oil in heavy-based pan, add onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until onion is soft.
- Add mince and stir over high heat for 5 minutes or until well browned and all liquid has evaporated; using a fork to break up any lumps of mince.
- Add flour, stir until combined then cook over medium heat for 1 minutes.
- Add stock, sauces and herbs and stir over the heat until boiling.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
- Stir occasionally then allow to cool.
- Divide filling among pastry circles.
- Top each with two half slices of tomato and sprinkle with oregano.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and crisp.
- For traditional pies, place the remaining pastry rounds over the tomato and oregano topping and seal the edges with beaten egg before baking.
- Serve hot.