Forfar Bridies (Scottish Hand Pies)


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1 (16 oz) package puff pastry or 1 (14 oz) package empanada baking discs, thawed
  • 1 egg white


  1. Preheat oven to 440˚F. Combine beef, onion, mustard, salt, pepper, and stock in a large bowl. Fold in butter.
  2. If using puff pastry cut into 6-8 equal circles about 6″ across. Add filling to circles and wet one half of the perimeter. Fold over and press with a fork to seal the edges. Brush with beaten egg white and cut a couple slits in the top of each one for steam to come out.
  3. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until golden brown on outside, covering with foil about halfway through baking. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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