Enjoy these Spicy Country Meat Pies when you crave a hearty and satisfying treat. Filled with HORMEL® CURE 81® Diced Ham, sweet potatoes, and a blend of Creole spices, these hand-held pies are perfect for a delicious snack, or enjoy a few as a satisfying meal.
|cups flour, plus more for kneading
|teaspoon baking powder
|teaspoons fresh thyme
|tablespoons whole milk
|tablespoons olive oil
|pound HORMEL® CURE 81® Diced Ham
|teaspoons freshly ground pepper
|cup diced yellow onion
|minced red bell pepper
|minced green bell pepper
|cup minced celery
|tablespoon finely minced garlic
|tablespoon Creole seasoning
|cup diced sweet potato, blanched in salted water 1 minute
|cup cooked crowder or field peas
|tablespoon cane syrup
|cup ham or chicken stock
|cup thinly sliced scallions
|large egg, beaten
For the Pie Dough
Dice butter and lard; freeze 30 minutes.
Combine 2½ cups flour, baking powder, salt, and thyme in food processor and pulse.
Scatter frozen butter and lard over flour. Pulse mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
Whisk together milk and egg. Place flour mixture in stainless-steel bowl. With a fork, slowly blend in milk mixture until dough just barely begins to come together.
Flour hands and dough and knead dough lightly in bowl until it just comes together. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead, folding dough over several times, until it just begins to look homogenous.
Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate to let relax, 30 minutes.
For the Meat Pies
Make filling: Warm olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Toss in CURE 81® Diced Ham. Transfer with a slotted spoon to small bowl.
Add onion, red and green bell peppers, celery, and garlic to skillet. Sauté over medium heat until vegetables begin to wilt. Add Creole seasoning, sweet potato, and peas and warm through. Add ham and combine. Stirring, sprinkle flour over mixture and combine well. Stir in cane syrup, bourbon, and stock and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. As soon as liquid thickens, remove from heat and stir in scallions. Set aside to cool.
Assemble: Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on floured work surface to just over â inch thick. Cut into 3½-inch circles. Put about 1½ tablespoons filling on half of each dough circle. Brush edges of dough with beaten egg and fold dough over, crimping with fork to seal. Brush top of pie with egg. Repeat with all dough circles.
Bake pies on a parchment-lined baking sheet 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with Sriracha Mayonnaise, if desired. Makes about 10 pies.