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Christmas Eve Meat Pie


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves, ground mace and ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add beef and pork; cook 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Drain.
  • 2. Stir tomato sauce and seasonings into meat mixture. Stir in spinach and potatoes. Remove from heat.
  • 3. Unroll one pastry sheet into a 9-in. pie plate; trim even with rim. Add filling. Unroll remaining pastry; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits in top. Bake 10 minutes.
  • 4. Reduce oven setting to 350°. Bake 45-55 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Cover edge loosely with foil during the last 15 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning.

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Average Rating:
  • Alison
    Dec 25, 2016

    If I could give zero stars I would. I'm not sure what it was but the spices in this recipe made me physically sick to my stomach because of the smell of Mace. I will try almost anything but this was HORRIBLE.

  • strawberrykd
    Jan 23, 2016

    I made this it was awesome. I added some sweet yellow, red &orange bell peppers and also cabbage. Omg this was so great.

  • tiffanialvidrez
    Dec 24, 2015

    I made this last year after stumbling across the recipe and deciding to give it a try. My family loved it and has asked for it again this year. It looks like it's going to be our new Christmas Eve tradition. I do recommend using very high quality meat (beef and pork). I believe it makes a difference.

  • janderson7231
    Dec 25, 2014

    My family did not enjoy this recipe. Too much meat. The other side dishes made this pie easy to overlook. Was nice to try a new recipe though.

  • lmmanda
    Dec 24, 2014

    This was soooo good! I did make a couple of changes, I omitted the hash browns and used cinnamon instead if mace (didn't have mace or hash browns). I used turkey instead of ground beef and used 1 lb of ground pork. Next year when I make this again, I will add a little more tomato sauce since I used more meat.

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