Finnish Meat Pie Recipe

Finnish recipes are filling and simple. Make this Finnish Meat Pie Recipe for a quick and satisfying meal.

| March/April 2012

Finnish Meat Pie

Savor each bite of this Finnish Meat Pie. They disappear from the freezer in a hurry!

Karen Keb

According to Beatrice Ojakangas in The Great Scandinavian Baking Book (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), these potato-crusted meat pasties are traditional in Finland’s western province of Satakunta.

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My husband’s maternal grandmother was Finnish, and he remembers eating meat pies as a child; he loves this recipe. This meaty dish will warm up appetites on the coldest nights.

Finnish Meat Pie Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup cooked, mashed potatoes, with no added butter or milk
5 tablespoons cold water

2 cups cooked meat (ground or cubed beef, venison, etc.)
4 tablespoons butter
2 onions, minced
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

To make dough: In large bowl, mix together flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until coarse meal results. Blend in mashed potatoes and cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together. Press dough into ball; wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

9/19/2013 2:26:27 PM

Oh I am so excited to try this recipe! I am of Finnish descent and we actually lived in Finland for a year back in the 1970s and they sold these meat pies in the train station! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have two of Beatrice Ojakangas cookbooks and can't wait to try some of her other recipes too. Lisa Fresh Eggs Daily

steve west
2/6/2013 10:52:22 AM

Ever since my sister made meat pies for us so long ago, I have been in search of recipes like this. I'm salivating over this recipe.

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