About this recipe: Minced beef and feta cheese are encased in a buttery shortcrust pastry, to make these delectable pie pockets. You can also use marinated beef, if you prefer. Serve as a snack or for lunch or dinner.
I didn't find this recipe dry at all, and actually wonder if other reviewers continued to drain the meat after putting in the tomato, getting rid of all the juice from the tomato thinking it was grease. I used a medium sized tomato, and drained off as much grease as possible before adding the tomato. After adding the tomato I ran off enough excess liquid to keep the pies from getting too sloppy, and the remaining juice was 90% from the tomato and flavored with all the great spices thrown into the meat. I did follow the advice of other reviewers and set the oven to 375, and cooked everything for about 20 minutes. I also ran out of pie before filling like other reviewers, so next time I'm getting more pie dough or halfing the filling and just making enough for two people. Still, this recipe got a great response. My boyfriend says I have now hooked him on feta, and I thought the pie was really rich with the cayenne pepper and other seasoning coming through beautifully. - 11 May 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My husband loved this but I did make some important changes. As one reviewer suggested, I simply cut the two crusts into quarters. This saved both time and dough. Secondly, I doubled the spices (except for the red pepper). Thirdly, after reading the reviews and discovering that I didn't have any tomatoes anyway, I substituted salsa for the tomato. This worked out great - the pies weren't dry at all. I added the salsa last so I just kept adding until the mixture had a good consistency. I used at least a half-cup of salsa by the time I was done. I also diced the small onion instead of just slicing it. Finally, I added a small handful of grated cheddar to the top of each pie before putting on the upper crust. While it's hardly necessary, I think that made them even better -- I love the combined taste of cheddar and pie crust. I'll be making these again soon. We have a lot of ground venison and this is a great way to use a pound. - 07 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made this last night and we both loved it. I did as One had suggested and added canned diced tomatoes with some juice to combat the dryness. I also use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts and cut them in quarters making the pies with thoes instead of cutting circles No waste!!! I will add black olives next time. also I found that the pies were brown after 18 mins so I might lower the oven temp next time to 375 so the cheese gets a chance to melt more. - 03 May 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)