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Finnish Meat Pie Recipe

Finnish Meat Pie Recipe

We enjoy this hearty, traditional meat pie year-round, but it's especially appreciated during hunting season. This is one recipe I'll be sure to pass on to our seven children.— Laurel Skoog, Frazee, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups shredded peeled potatoes
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded peeled rutabaga
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk


  • 1. Place shortening in a large bowl. Add boiling water; stir until shortening is melted. In a small bowl, mix flour and salt. Add to shortening mixture; stir until a soft ball forms. Cover and refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of dough into a 17x13-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Press onto bottom and up sides of dish. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of dish.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients. Spoon into pastry. Roll out remaining dough into a 13x9-in. rectangle. Place over filling. Fold bottom pastry over top pastry; press with a fork to seal. In a small bowl, whisk egg and milk; brush over pastry. Cut slits in top. Bake 1-1/4 hours or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 610 calories, 31 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Yum! I used 1 pound hamburger and it turned out fine. It's very dense and high in carbs, of course, but delicious!"

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