Spicy Picnic Pasties Recipe

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We've "spiced up" our picnics with these little meat pies as long as I can remember. Our family enjoys them with the extra zing of barbecue sauce. My picnic basket is never without a small first aid kit. (Good food doesn't do much for insect bites or scrapes!)
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons milk or as much as needed to make dough
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped bell pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 618 calories, 35g fat (19g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Combine pastry ingredients as for pie crust; divide dough into four parts. Roll each part thin and cut into a 6-in. diameter circle, using a small plate as a guide. (If you prefer, substitute store-bought refrigerated pastry.)
  2. Combine filling ingredients. Place a fourth of filling in center of each dough circle; pat filling down lightly. Moisten edges of dough with water; fold circle in half to make a turnover. Seal edges well with a fork. Prick top to allow the steam to escape; place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 375° for about 40 minutes. Serve-hot or cold-dipped in ketchup, barbecue or chili sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Picnic Pasties in Country Woman July/August 1989, p29

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