Best Mince Pie

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Pies are the food of champions. If you make them yourself you know exactly what’s in them – fresh vegetables, the best-quality mince and delicious herbs. You can make your own pastry, or take a shortcut as we do here and buy it ready-made. Flaky or short crust, the choice is yours.

Serves 4–6


  • 500 g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, cubed
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 handful parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp French, Hot English or wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 sheet flaky or savoury short crust pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, or milk for Glazing


Heat a good splash of olive oil in a large, lidded frying-pan and fry onion and garlic until soft. Add vegetables and herbs and fry until just soft and carrots are caramelising a little on the edges.

Add mince and brown, stirring through the veggies, ensuring everything is well blended. Add mustard, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and a few hearty grinds of black pepper.

Add stock and allow to simmer, covered, for a good 30 minutes. You may need to add a little extra water. Stir occasionally. Taste and season with salt and pepper if required.

Pour pie filling into an ovenproof dish and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 180 °C.

Lay pastry over pie filling, crimp the edges, and make little cuts with a sharp knife to let steam escape while cooking. Brush pastry with beaten egg or milk and bake for around 30–40 minutes until golden.

Serve with creamy mashed potatoes. Flash these up a little with finely chopped fresh parsley mixed in at the last minute. Or try fresh green beans and a knob of sage-scented butter.

An extract from Minced with photography by Alan Gillard. Published by Penguin Group NZ. Copyright © Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander, 2010. RRP $35.00. Available at all good booksellers nationwide.

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mistake in rating.meant to give it 4 star.will put it on weekly menu

jane matheson

would love to learn how to make nz meat pies

Paula Kingsley

would love to learn how to make nz meat pies

Paula Kingsley

would love to learn how to make nz meat pies

Paula Kingsley

would love to learn how to make nz meat pies (sorry, couldn't help

michaela taylor

will make this weekly kids love it

jacquilen Prasad

hi, danny here from the netherlands. i used to live in new zealand and now that i'am living in holland again it's hard to explain what a kiwi mincepie tastes like. but this nailed it, and thanx again.

Danny Jentjens

Great recipe

Karen grantham

love it

Bontle Patrick

Found the taste of mince pie back ! What a pleasure to be able to make others taste this great nz meal back in france !



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