Friday, November 11, 2011

Swedish Meat Pies

Swedish Meat Pies
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 pinch ground nutmeg
2 large red potatoes, grated
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
6 tablespoons sour cream

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble in the ground beef and add onion, parsley, allspice, dill, nutmeg and grated potatoes. Cook and stir until the meat is browned. Drain any excess grease. Turn off heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven at 400*F
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Mix in the shortening with a fork or pastry cutter until only pea size lumps remain. Stir in sour cream a little bit at a time until the dough holds together. Knead briefly on a floured surface. Divide into four equal portions and pat into balls.
4. Roll out each ball of dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Place a heaping 1/2 cup of filling into each one. Fold over into half circles, and seal by moistening the edges with warm water and pressing together. Place on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

Our verdict: Yum!!! I love the Swedish Meat Pies that you can buy at the Scandinavian Fest in Junction City each summer - and this year, I bought a recipe at one of the little shops at the Scandi Fest (for 10 cents!) for them. (I also bought a Swedish Meatball recipe) We really really liked these! Next time I will add a little salt to the meat mixture, just a little to enhance the flavor! But other than that, these were delicious! The combination of seasonings, parsley, allspice, nutmeg and dill - is interesting, but delicious!! Yum!!!

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