So, making your own party pies isn’t on the top of everyone’s party food list, there are some pretty special gourmet pie companies out there, and if I was having a lot of guests then I would not put myself through the pain of making these in bulk. But for a small gathering or lunch then they’re a delicious indulgence.
I’ll reiterate, I’m not big on actual recipes, so find yourself a pastry recipe you can follow, I use the Thermomix Rough Puff Pastry recipe, which is easily found on Google, you could use shop-bought puff pastry. I find the easiest way to make these is in a non-stick muffin tray which I grease well with oil or butter. Roll the dough out to about 1/2 centimetre thickness cut into circles that fit your particular muffin tray using a pastry cutter (or a glass or cup, whatever gives you a good circle that fits your muffin tray). Make sure you have enough dough leftover for your pie tops, which will be cut smaller than your bases, you’ll need to work that out based on the size of your muffin tray.
For the filling, well you can use just about whatever type of pie filling you have or you fancy. If I have leftover roast beef, lamb or veges and gravy I’ll cut them up into small pieces, mix together and pop that inside the cases. The pies pictured had leftover roast beef, veges and gravy and they’re a great way to make the most of leftovers and you can bulk it out with some extra vegetables, like frozen peas or corn and you could even add some bacon or cheese. If you want to make a filling from scratch a Google search of “pie fillings” will lead you down a rabbit hole of delicious options.
Add your filling to the bases and pop on the lids, a little bit of milk around the edge of the base pastry helps the top to stick to the bases. Bake until golden brown.