Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Natchitoches meat pie, the original hot pocket.

Think comfort food to in the 1700's in Louisiana & you might well be dreaming of the Natchitoches Meat Pies; that's pronounced (NACK-uh-tush) for those less familiar with Louisiana names & places. These tasty meat pies are a hold over from the early Spanish settlers in the Louisiana territory. Which is to say they were similar to beef Empanadas & were taken literally across the Spanish empire by early settlers. We often dined on Empanadas in Mexico which were very much like these "north of the border" meat pies, hence my addition of Chohula hot sauce to my meat pies! These days you are likely to find the meat pies at the New Orleans Jazz festival, a football game or at a boucherie deep in the heart of Cajun land. Sometimes they are called Cajun meat pies but whatever one says about them they are a crowd pleasing, taste tempting pastry filled with meat & spices. Natchitoches meat pies are great for a main dish with a salad or as an appetizer. They need nothing other than a napkin to catch any filling which may tumble out however I made an easy Avocado dip we thought was perfect for these treats.

Natchitoches Meat Pies

for meat filling
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 1/2 lb ground pork
1 c chopped green onions
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp Sherry vinegar
2 tsp hot sauce, Cholula, Tabasco, etc
1/3 c flour
Combine all ingredients except flour & cook till meat breaks up and is no longer red. Sift flour over the meat mixture , mix well, remove from heat. Drain meat into a colander, cool to room temp.
2 2/3 c flour
1/3 heaping solid shortening
1 lg egg
3/4 c Milk
Vegetable oil for frying pies
Sift flour, use pastry cutter&cut shortening into flour. Mix in egg & milk. Form dough into a ball. It will be semi sticky.

Flour board and rolling pin. Rolling out about 1/3 of dough at a time roll about 1/8 in thick. Cut into 5in circles (use coffee can or similar size) To assemble pies place heaping spoon of filling dampen edge of pie dough with an *egg wash & seal shut then prick each top twice. These can be frozen or fried in deep fat fryer at 350 degrees. Drain on paper towels, serve warm. *Yolk of 1 egg + 1 tsp H2O, beaten & then brush on the inside edges of dough before pressing edges shut & crimping.

Avocado Horseradish Dip

2 large ripe avocados, peeled and pits removed
2 Tbsp Milk
16 ounces sour cream
4 Tbsp prepared horseradish*
2 tsp garlic, peeled & coarsely chopped
3 green onions, chopped (or)
*1 small shallot can be used
juice of 1 fresh lime
2 tsp Cholula hot sauce

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor & chill before serving. *I use the prepared horseradish found in the deli, do not use a horseradish spread which is more than horseradish. It is less pungent & has less bite to it for this recipe.

This dip was so good we even tried it with chips & veggies. Oh, the possibilities any dish with an avocado presents...


Kirby said...

These sound heavenly!

Dee said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Kirby.

Chef E said...

I love this- Yikes, I need tacos, or Cajun meat pies in this instance!

Dee said...

Chef E~this does seem to be hitting that same spot reserved for Tacos doesn't it? I guess that is why I enjoy them too! ha!

Anonymous said...

These hot pockets look amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Joie de vivre said...

You definitely have the technique down! Your crimped edges look so professional. :) The Avocado Horseradish dip sounds like a little bit of heaven.

Dee said...

Thank you, Ellie & Joie de vivre. I am so glad you enjoy. That dip is great on it's own:)

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I'm sure that you saw over in my little blog world that I do absolutely adore these little hand pies! That dipping sauce is really a great enhancement.

Reeni said...

These look insanely good Dee! I wonder where they've been all my life? Thank you for introducing me to them - I see them in my near future!

Angie's Recipes said...

I want one! They look like a giant Chinese dumpling!

Pattie T. said...

OMG! I want one of these, no, maybe two. They look so delicious and the sauce sounds wonderful by itself. Beautiful presentation, as always, and you have me drooling here.

Taste of Beirut said...

I tried these meat pies once. I have never tried to make them since because my first attempt was a disappointment, but these are so good-looking and sound so delicious, I may have to try again!