I think that pies are among the favorite Kenyan dishes. You have beef pie, vegetable pie, chicken pie and cheese pie. They all vary in size and shape but are all made of puff pastry. Some pastry shop have made a reputation on the pie they sell.
I am a curious chopper and noticed that KMC (Kenya Meat Commission) was manufacturing corned beef. Also, I remember a Goan friend, the Indian Goan community is fairly large in Nairobi, told me that in Goa they sometimes made meat pies with corned beef. My creativity went overdrive and here you are with my corned beef pies. It should be noted that it is much cheaper to make pies with minced beef than corned beef.
- Puff pastry – You can check my recipe or buy already made
- 1 tin (300 gr) of corned beef
- 1 onion finely minced
- 1 garlic clove finely minced
- 3 tbsps. tomato paste
- 3 tbsps. of water
- 1 tbsp. minced parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Coat the bottom of a pan with oil
- Brown the onions until translucent, add the garlic then the corned beef
- Add the parsley, tomato paste and the water to make a very thick paste. You may add water if necessary. Cook to your desired consistency
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let the mixture cool and place it in the refrigerator
- Roll out the puff pastry
- Make walnut size ball with the corn beef mixture
- Place the meat mixture at regular interval on the puff pastry and using your index finger moisten all around the ball with egg wash (1 egg mix with a little water)
- Cover with a layer of puff pastry
- Using a cookie cutter cut small, neat round on top of your pastry and around of the meat
- Brush some egg wash on top of the meat pie
- Bake at 180 Celsius for 25 to 30 minutes
- Let the meat pies cool before serving.
Corned beef meat pie do taste nice. However, the texture is much different that beef pie made with minced beef. I made some bigger pies for testing and do prefer the miniature version.
I did inquire once with KMC if aged / cured meat was available for sale. I was told, they do provide it on special order and at the same cost as in the supermarkets. However, I presume, since I did not ask, that it is for large order only.