Recipe by kehn
"The Natchitoches meat pies are famous in Louisiana and a 'must eat' when there. They are so good and a perfect little lunch. Cook time is an estimate, keep an eye on them."
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bulk pork sausage
1 (15 ounce) package
store-bought refrigerated pie dough, at room temperature
vegetable oil for deep frying
Having gone to school in Natchitoches, these delicious little pies have a special place in my heart. I haven't been there in years, but it felt like I was back again when I made these pies! They were delicious and so easy to make!
I baked them in the oven for ease and they were still scrumptious. I also used fresh garlic instead of garlic salt for a bit of a fresher flavor. Yummy!
I hate to rate this low, as I LOVE Natchitoches meat pies (that's pronounced "Nack-a-tsh" btw), but this recipe needed some work to get it where it needed to be. First, onion, celery and bell pepper cooked in the roux are a must. Then chopped garlic, then I added my meat, and immediately turned the burner off *before* the meat could brown - if anything it just got a bit "gray." Then I seasoned with a heavy-handed blend of white, black and cayenne pepper. Meanwhile, I re-rolled pkg'ed crust into about 12 5" circles (will DEF make my own crust next time, that was a pain) and put about 2T of filling into each pie, placing each on a greased pan after forming the pies and cutting tiny slits in the top for steam to escape. I then baked for about 30 minutes at 350. But here's what sends this over the top - you should have quite a bit of meat mixture left over at this point - now you can go ahead and brown it and use that to make gravy, either from scratch or with a brown gravy mix - it is phenomenal over mashed potatoes and the pies.
Mixed up a batch of pie crust dough to use instead of buying the prepared kind. Fried them in hot oil until browned and they were so good. Taste very much like the ones I had in Natchitoches Louisiana.(Made these again and they were even better with some changes: added 1 chopped bell pepper in with the onion. Added 1 bunch green onions chopped. About 4 cloves of garlic and about 1/4 tsp red pepper.)
I, too, grew up in North Louisiana eating Natchitoches Meat Pies. I miss them so much! This recipe has potential as it captures the taste of the meat pies. I did, however, feel that the "crust" was lacking. First, there is no way I could get 15 meat pies from one store-bought pie crust recipe. The ones I bought (and I tried several) were much too crumbly to reshape into dough and reroll. Also, very little meat would fit in there without breaking the dough as it was too crumbly as a pie crust. Basically, I didn't get very far with this recipe, but I think with a different type of dough, it would work better. Maybe a homemade pie crust dough? I may try that next time, though I'm a little hesitant after all the work this time that produced no edible results to speak of.
That being said, the recipe has the potential to be a 5 star for me if I can tweak the dough issue. Thanks for trying! It gives me hope that it can be done!
Used Old bay seasoning in place of Cajun seasoning at end of cooking meat as well as the garlic powder. Definitely cook via oven over fry method. Started out frying and then discovered could of baked so finished via baking. Served with garlic mashed potatoes,fruit salad, & stuffed peppers.
I used to live in New Orleans and eat meat pies for lunch almost everyday, I was in love with them and so excited when I came accross this recipe. This recipe wasn't even close. Or maybe it was me, I did follow the recipe exactly as I do all recipes the first time.
Loved these and will definitely make them again. I used a homemade pie crust and added green bell peppers to the mix and they were delicious. They're even better the second day!
I made these for my card group at my house and they were met with rave reviews. I used more pie crusts than it stated and I baked them to cut down on the fat.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Natchitoches Meat Pies
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 240
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