oh happy pie: homemade meat pies for your canine

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’ll realise that we cook Muffles’ every meal. It’s a lot of work but seeing him keep good health makes it all worthwhile.

Of course, his food journey didn’t start with home-cooked meals. Like every first pet parent, we had him on kibbles then raw and finally, home cooked. We’re not fans of processed dry food for Muffles and the raw diet has its benefits, but home-cooked worked out best for him. Every canine fares differently under different diets. Some live long and well on kibbles while others don’t. It really is a bit of a trial and error.

For the most part, Muffles has a lot of stew and slow cook recipes. This week, we decided to try something a little different: baked pie! And boy, was Muffles excited!

Here’s what you’ll need and how to go about making ‘me happy pies:

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for greasing
  • 450g of ground beef
  • 1 red apple, grated
  • 100g of spinach, finely chopped
  • 150g of pumpkin, roughly cubed
  • 2 1/2 sweet potatoes, skinned and roughly cut
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon of ground ginger (optional)

For the pastry

  • 100g whole grain flour
  • 100g plain flour, unbleached
  • 4 teaspoons of butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup of water

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree-Celsius. Lightly grease your choice of pie tray.
2. Steam the sweet potatoes and pumpkins until soft and mash it. Then set aside.
3. Put the ground beef into a large bowl and stir in the chopped veges, mashed pumpkin and sweet potatoes, and ground ginger. Set aside.

4. To make the pastry, place the whole grain flour and biplam flour into a bowl. Add the butter, beaten egg and grated cheese, and stir together with a spoon.
5. Once evenly mixed, knead the flour mixture until it forms a dough.
6. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out. Cut the dough into 8 discs using a pastry cutter. Use half to line 4 bases of your prepared pie tray.

7. Add the beef mixture into each pie tray. Brush the edges of the remaining pastry discs using water. Then use the remaining 4 discs to top each of the pies, pressing them gently around the edges. Pierce the top of each pie with a fork to allow steam to escape while cooking.
8. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Once cooked, remove the pies from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

We had to resort to using our mini toaster cum oven to bake Muffles’ meat pies because our main oven broke down. It took twice the projected length of time to cook everything and the sides of the pie crust charred a little. But truly, the end result was very satisfactory. To this, Muffles can testify. ūü§ó

xoxo

Belle.

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