Irish Beef Hand Pies

Irish Beef Hand Pies


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This traditional Irish on-the-go lunch recipe is comprised of peppered beef with herbs wrapped into a flaky, delicious pie crust. Make these hand pies as part of your lunch for work, or freeze and defrost them for quick meals down the road!

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Chicago IL

Time needed

15 min preparation + 45 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1⁄2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1⁄2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 pie crusts, 9 inches each
  • all-purpose flour, for rolling

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Preheat oven to 400º.

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add beef; cook and break up meat with spoon until no longer pink or for 5 minutes.

Stir in Worcestershire, thyme, and 1 cup of water.

Cover, and cook for about 15 minutes.

Lightly mash mixture with a fork.

Season; salt, & pepper, to taste.

Let cool completely.

Roll each piece of crust into 14-inch squares on floured cutting board; cut each crust into 4 equal squares.

Place 1/2 cup Beef mixture on half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling; brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose.

Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Cut 3 small vents in each hand pie.

Transfer pies to parchment-lined baking sheets; bake until golden brown, turning sheets halfway through. Remove and serve.

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