What Does A Meat Pie Mean To An Aussie?


September 9, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Steak-pie-Thermomix-pastryWhat Does A Meat Pie Mean To An Aussie?

I hope you are as curious as when I first arrived in Australia!


By way of introduction, my name is Joanne.

I am American born and bred (New York), now an Aussie who calls Australia home since 1997.

As a PASSIONATE Home Cook, I try and “inspire” people one recipe and one event at a time!

My food blog is called What’s On The List?

I have my fingers in “many” pies (pun intended) throughout the world as food PASSIONATELY E-X-C-I-T-E-S me!

For those who may not be familiar with What’s On The List, my blog is about fun-filled food adventures and sharing my experiences through “unique eyes” and I STILL S-Q-U-E-A-L like a child of five!

Some of what I cover on What’s On The List:

— childhood food memories incorporating stories from my childhood in New York
— it gives me great pleasure in sharing what makes Adelaide and Australia great; food, wine and tourism
— I love supporting local produce and local business owners who are as passionate about their food too
— cookbook, restaurant & hotel reviews
— creating recipes for companies
— hosting and participating in monthly worldwide food challenges

ALL create a BUZZ for me!

Let’s get on to What Does A Meat Pie Mean To An Aussie?

I will go out on a limb here and say a meat pie is an Aussie icon; representing the Aussie way of life!

Aussie’s LOVE their footy aka Australian Rules Football and Rugby; a meat pie goes together like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire; a match made in heaven!

Normally a meat pie is a “hand-held” pie which contains either minced meat (called ground meat in the States) or diced meat!

The pie can contain many different things, but traditionally, it contains some sort of gravy, onions, sometimes cheese and I just thought, I forgot to include the peas!

Not to worry, as Chef Georgio aka hubby said the pie came out great!

Did you know, “the average” Aussie enjoys a meat pie once a month; not the size of the meat pie I made today!

Did you know Australian meat pies were first introduced in the States in 1994?

I must have missed them, as I did not arrive here until 1997!

Have you seen Aussie meat pies there?

What’s you favorite flavor pie?

Without putting you off of meat pies today, the meat in pies can include beef, rabbit, lamb, pork, chicken and then there there are “some other interesting meats” like
deer, camel, buffalo and goat to name a few!

I am very adventurous when it comes to experiencing food and will try anything once!

While I know the Thermomix is not sold in the States, I am a VERY big fan now of the “world’s smallest and smartest kitchen” and I would like to share what Thermalina (the name of my Thermomix) and I “played with today!”

Steak-pie-puff-pastry-whatsonthelist I decided to keep the recipe simple in recreating Tamara’s Rich Steak Pie which I keep in the What’s On The List folder; I only used half the amount of meat, forgot the peas, adjusted the time and it still came out great!

Joanna's Aussie Meat Pie {Thermomix Assisted}
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#easy #entertaining #Thermomix #beef #tomato #Aussie #recipe
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 6 - 8
  • Puff Pastry Recipe
  • 200 grams plain flour
  • 150 grams cold butter, cut in pieces
  • 50 grams fresh whipped cream
  • 70 grams cold water
  • 5 grams salt
  • flour for dusting
  • oil spray
  1. Place flour, butter, whipped cream, salt and water in Tmx bowl; Knead 30 seconds, speed 5.
  2. Remove dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle.
  3. Fold the top third of the dough into the center and bottom third of the dough over that.
  4. Rotate ¼ turn; roll out to 3 times the length.
  5. Repeat 9 times in total; may need to use additional flour lightly dusted on surface.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove, roll and use. (See Notes)
  8. Meat Pie Recipe
  9. red onion, peeled and quartered
  10. garlic cloves, peeled
  11. handful fresh parsley
  12. mls grapeseed oil
  13. carrots, chopped in pieces
  14. grams diced steak
  15. brown mushrooms, sliced
  16. grams Worcestershire sauce
  17. grams aged balsamic vinegar
  18. tablespoons tomato paste
  19. tablespoon Tmx vegetable stock concentrate
  20. grams white wine
  21. grams cornstarch
  22. bay leaves
  23. Place onion, garlic and parsley into the Tmx bowl; chop 5 seconds, speed 5; scrape down.
  24. Add celery and carrots; chop speed 5, 5 seconds ; scrape down.
  25. Add grapeseed oil, sauté 4 minutes, Varoma, speed 2.
  26. Add remaining ingredients; cook 20 minutes, 100°, Reverse, speed 1.
  27. Shred beef to desired consistency; Reverse, speed 4; repeat as necessary.
  28. Place beef into oil sprayed baking pan, cover with Puff Pastry; decorate optional.
  29. Bake in pre-heated 180C oven for 20 minutes or until puff pastry is lightly golden brown.
  30. Enjoy!
Rich Steak Pie original recipe by My Melbourne Thermomix
Puff Pastry original recipe by Quick Puff Pastry with Thermomix
Pastry may be frozen; sealed in baking paper and covered with plastic wrap.

Thermomix recipes can be easily converted to non-Thermomix recipes and vice versa; love the simplicity and versatility!

A good ol’ Aussie meat pie is not a meat pie without having a “light and flaky” pie crust and without “almost literally” hearing the pie say G’day!

Pastry-Thermomix-steak-pieWhen I looked into my What’s On The List folder, I saw my favorite Thermomix Quick Puff Pastry recipe!

For those in the States and overseas where the Thermomix is not sold, I would highly recommend Pati’s Hojaldre (Puff Pastry) from Pati’s Mexican Table!

Did you know there is an annual event in Australia called the Great Aussie Pie contest to find the “best commercially produced pie?”

The winning pies usually results in an increase in sales as Aussies travel “far and wide” to taste the best pie!

While perhaps my recreated pie today might qualify for a Thermomix recipe award, I will leave that up to my readers and the Thermomix community!

I hope by now you have more insight and understand What Does A Meat Pie Mean To An Aussie!

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32 thoughts on “What Does A Meat Pie Mean To An Aussie?

  1. I can smell this meat pie baking here in SoCal! Pinned!

  2. swathiiyer says:

    Delicious meat pie, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Oh yum! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  4. I’m do thrilled you shared your blog post tonight at the Grand opening of #purebloglove ! Your photography is brilliant! Love the meat pie! !!

  5. savoryexperiments says:

    Joanne- you are too cute to put your signature “GDay” on your meat pie! I love it!

  6. auntbeesrecipes says:

    Oh my husband would LOVE this meat pie!!!! Love the personalized crust! <3

  7. Delicious meat pie! I love how you sent a message in the crust!

  8. I love meat pie , when I used to visit Cornwall I used to order a wonderful Meat pie from a local restaurant– totally to fie for! I can’t wait to make yours!

  9. Erlene says:

    Am I going to get a lashing if I say that meat pies sound like pot pies? I love pot pies 🙂 so I’m sure I’d love meat pies. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  10. I absolutely LOVE this Joanne!! Meat pies are also an absolutely icon in New Zealand – all those same facts apply here too, even McDonalds sells mince and cheese pies 🙂 And it’s our favorite thing to get at good ol’ McDonalds. Pies are EVERYWHERE here, just as they are in Australia. I was so stunned when I posted by first potato top mince pie recipe on my blog and all my American readers thought it was simply amazing, but I just thought it was a stock standard, normal recipe (in a NZ/AUS family anyway). Your pie recipe is simply lovely, Joanne. Looking forward to giving it a go myself 🙂

  11. Your Meat Pie looks delicious, Joanne! I didn’t realise Australians loved their meat pies this much and I was interested to learn more about it. The Brits love their meat pies too and I know that your recipe would go down a storm over here – it’s so full of lovely flavours!

  12. Nancy Fox says:

    Looks delicious Joanne! ll

  13. trudy shearer says:

    Looks great!!!

  14. Gary Lum says:

    There’s also the lips, ears, snouts, offal, anuses and gristle that make up a great pie. I love a cottage pie with some mashed spud on top.

  15. theseanamethod says:

    That crust alone looks divine. Seems like every country has some sort of meat/starch combo that is the local delicacy. Fall is just setting in here – perfect time for some good old comfort food. YUM!

  16. I love the crust Joanne! Perfect pie!

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