Irish Beef Hand Pies

Irish Beef Hand Pies

by Megan on March 14, 2011

Today is Pi Day!

I love math. It was always my favorite subject in school. Does that make me a geek?

I was afraid so! ;)

So in honor of math geeks everywhere, we have hand held pies!

Irish Beef Hand Pie Recipe

And with St. Patrick’s Day  right around the corner, they are stuffed them with beef, cabbage, and potatoes.

You know, to honor the leprechauns. :)

Irish Beef Hand Pie

It’s Martha Monday and we are celebrating with Irish Beef Hand Pies today.

These were fun little pies to make and a big hit with the kiddo. I made the recipe just the way it was written, except I used beef broth instead of water. Personally, I would have liked to up the seasoning a wee bit, but my daughter thought they were perfect just the way they were. We froze them and at the top of the mornin’, she would pop one in the oven and let it bake while she got ready for school. In half an hour, they were ready for a quick breakfast on the go. And with a wee bit of Irish luck, the kid was ready too!

Irish Beef Hand Pies

Irish Beef Hand Pie

Slightly adapted from  Martha Stewart

Makes 8

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and beef broth. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.
  6. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each crust into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife, cut 3 small vents in each.
  7. Transfer pies to a baking sheet; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, (mine took a tad bit longer)
  8. To Freeze: Arrange unbaked pies on a baking sheet (they should not touch); freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Wrap each pie in foil. Place in a resealable plastic bag; freeze up to 2 months.
  9. To Bake from Frozen: increasing baking time to 28 to 30 minutes.
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1 5 Star Foodie March 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love the idea of these delicious savory pies for pi day! The filling sounds so good with the cabbage and potatoes!

2 Megan March 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

I just made these yesterday! We ate a couple for dinner last night, and I froze the rest. I did make some changes to make the filling a little more flavorful though. Too funny!

3 Barbara Bakes March 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m hoping to get my Pi Day post up soon. I love that you did a savory one. Wish I had one for lunch!

4 Lyndsey March 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

I was all set to make mine yesterday, and then remembered I didn’t have any already made pie crust. So I had to make my own and then the day got away from me….must of been the time change. So that’s what I’ll be doing when I get home. Yours look good, kind of like empanadas. I might season mine a wee bit more ;D

5 Matt @ FaveDiets March 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

I can’t believe I forgot about pi day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year, right up there with International Talk Like a Pirate day.

This looks like a fantastic recipe. Do you have any interest in sharing it in my St. Patrick’s Day blog hop on the 17th?

6 Ana March 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

First of all, I wish you a very happy π day, and I hope you will eat some more π to celebrate. Thanks for choosing the Irish hand pies. I really enjoyed them, but I changed a few things too. I mashed the potatoes separately and I also added beef broth. Thanks again for your choice.

7 Lisa March 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Megan, these look delicious. I’ll definitely have to make them for my insatiable 12 year old son. He never stops eating and I could imagine him scarfing these down happily! Plus I love just about anything ensconced in a pie crust. :)

8 Perfecting Pru March 15, 2011 at 1:51 am

It was a good choice Megan. Thank you. And happy Pi Day (although now I am a day late) I never even knew there was Pi Day!

I will certainly make them again. I love the idea of freezing them and getting them out as and when they are needed.

9 Sue March 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

These sound really good! I love savory meat pies that are “grab and go”!

10 Tiffanee March 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Wow! These look and sound so delicious. I love the fact that they freeze well. Bookmarking to make soon!!

11 Kathy - Panini Happy March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yum, I love a good savory pie!

12 Maria March 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Great recipe for St. Patty’s day!

13 RJ Flamingo March 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

These would make a great grab ‘n go lunch, too. Wonder if they’d work as well with puff pastry… hmmm… Great job, Megan!

14 SMITH BITES March 17, 2011 at 4:29 am

i do NOT like math but i DO like these oh yes i do!

15 Blond Duck March 17, 2011 at 4:37 am

I’ll take a dozen, please! With a side of pimento cheese!

16 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

Looks absolutely delicious! I love any kind of meat pie – hand pies or pot pies.

17 The House Mouse March 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

These look and sound amazing! Gonna make em this weekend. Perhaps add a wee bit of Irish sharp cheddar to the mix. Stay Cheesy!

18 kat March 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oh I love a good hand pie or pasty as we call them in these parts

19 ohkeeka March 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The first time I ever saw these was when we moved to Wisconsin–they call them pasties here. Of course, having seen the word on a menu before hearing it spoken, I pronounced it PASTE-ee and everyone gave me the side-eye.

Anyway! These look so yummy–a perfect, hearty winter meal. :)

20 Delishhh March 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I love the single pie idea for dinner. Megan – looks awesome! I need to make these.

21 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food March 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

I’m always up for savory hand pies (empanadas, pasties, samosas, etc.), and these look totally yummy, Megan. WAY more than a wee bit for me, please!

22 Kerstin March 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

Definitely the perfect way to pi and St. Patrick’s Day – they look so yummy!

23 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

What an incredible recipe. I love that there are potatoes and cabbage in the hand pies. YUM! :)

24 Christy March 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm

My highschoolers always take a Pie to school on Pi Day – I am glad to know someone else celebrates the day with food! And these would be perfect to have on hand. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

25 JasonJLHealth March 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I loooove hand pies like this. Honestly knew very little about them until my sister made me something similar called bierox a couple of years ago.

Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop this week.

26 Katy March 29, 2011 at 6:22 am

Now I can have my pi and eat it too :) Big YUMS up!!

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