Celebrate 3.14 with these savory cheesy beef and broccoli hand pies!Jump to recipe
The other day, I broke the chain on our roller blinds. I was pulling it, to put the blinds up when it just completely snapped. It was the worst because it was the chain on our biggest window – the one that lets in the most light. And because I broke it on a Friday, we had to wait until Monday to call the blinds guy. Which meant that I practically went blind on the weekend due to the lack of light.
Anyway, it was Thursday before dude rolled around and I had just put these pies in the oven when he got here. Our house was filled with the smell of beef-y, cheesy, pie goodness. I couldn’t really smell it, but then the guy mentioned that he was double booked and didn’t even have a chance to grab lunch. At this point it was 2 in the afternoon and I felt so bad for him. No lunch!? My idea of the worst work day ever. I wanted to offer him something to eat, but for once we didn’t have any leftovers in the fridge and I had just put the pies in the oven. So, I offered him a coke. LOL.
Anyway, he fixed the blinds and there was LIGHT! After he left, Mike took some photos of the pies and we ate them. They were delicious: flaky pie crust, gooey cheese, savory beef and broccoli. I did them up for pi-day, which is today! I love pie even though I don’t make pie very often (read: never). But, when I do, they tend to be savory ones, just like this little guy.
Happy Pi Day! Hope it’s pie-filled :)
Beef, Broccoli and Cheddar Hand Pie Recipe
makes about 7 pies
- oil, for the pan
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 1/4 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1/4 cup beef broth (or water)
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup broccoli, cut into small pieces
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 7 slices cheddar cheese
- 1 package homemade or store bought pie crust
- 1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water
You can blanch the broccoli, as I did (I was hoping that it would keep it’s green color, even after baking) or you could just cook it into the beef mixture. That’s one less step, so I would go that route!
In a large pan, heat up a bit of oil over medium high heat. Cook the onions until just translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking up. When browned, sprinkle on the flour and stir in. Add the beef broth or water, stir and cook until reduced. Add the Worcestershire sauce and broccoli. Cook until the broccoli is bright green. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the pan and let cool, completely.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut out 4 inch rounds from the pie crust, as many as you can (you most likely will have leftover filling). Brush the egg wash around the edge of the crust and place a heaping tablespoon of filling, topped with a slice of cheddar in the middle of the pie crust circle. Top with another round of pie crust and use a fork to crimp the edges. Repeat until all your pie crust rounds are used.
Poke some holes or cut an X into each pie. Brush with the egg wash and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!