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Scottish Mince Pie

"My mother-in-law made this pie in Scotland. It is not a sweet mince pie, but it's easy to make, and a hearty dinner. I serve boiled parsley potatoes and a nice salad with this pie. My children always ask for this pie when they come home to visit."
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2 h 55 m servings 467 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)


  • Calories:
  • 467 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 32.6 g
  • 50%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.1g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 18 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 304 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the ground beef in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover beef. Boil until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  2. Add water to cover cooked beef, add onions and enough bouillon granules to taste. Cook until the onions are soft. Season with salt and pepper to your taste and make sure the filling has enough bouillon to have a nice beef flavor.
  3. Combine the 1/4 cup water with the cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add to the beef mixture and cook until mixture has thickened. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate.
  6. Pour beef mixture into the pastry crust and cover the top with pastry. Crimp edges and prick top.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until pie crust is lightly browned, about 40 minutes.

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  1. 39 Ratings

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My husband moved here to the US from Scotland 2+ years ago. Besides Indian food, he misses his traditional scottish dishes so I was very excited to try this recipe. He loved it but reminded me...

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This recipe was fun to make because I've never had anything like this before, but I didn't like much else about it. Flavor was bland. Also, the mix of ground beef and pie crust was a little too ...

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My husband moved here to the US from Scotland 2+ years ago. Besides Indian food, he misses his traditional scottish dishes so I was very excited to try this recipe. He loved it but reminded me...

We loved this version of a popular meal. I used Bisto (tm) instead of beef boulion cubes or powder. Made a nice thick gravy. Will use this recipe over and over.

Delicious! I did make some alterations to the dish to suit my tastes. I substituted the onion for a couple cloves of garlic. I added a tablespoon worcestershire sauce to the meat mixture. And I ...

it was 4 because i ended up adding things to my taste which for us made it a 6! the things we added were, boiling the meat in beer instead of water and keeping it in instead of draining and the...

My family really liked this pie. I grew up with my mom making Scottish mince but she served it over mashed potatoes or noodles. I did do one thing different--I browned the ground beef (I though...

it was good but is it better to bake the crust before the meat is put in or to not

This recipe has been a hit every single time I have served it. So much so, in fact people have told me I should market it!! It is definitely a GREAT alternative to regular meat pie. Thank you...

My grandmother cooked this quite a bit for us when I was growing up. Basically the same recipe but not as a pie. Quarter cut potatoes were instead boiled with the mince. Bovril was Granny's ...

My husband is from New Zealand and I have been looking for a recipe to render his worked! I wish I could find the smaller pie crusts, but it was good in the big pie. Do not add an...