Finnish Beef and Onion Pasties Recipe

A wonderful quick recipe which features beef, onion and more. These little Finnish beef and onion pasties are one of our most interesting starter recipes and they are so easy to make.

Serve these Finnish beef and onion pasties hot, warm or chilled and you can guarantee they will be popular. In fact you might want to double up the recipe, especially if you are catering for a buffet or a big gathering.

Not Too Different from British Food

Not everyone is accustomed to eating Finnish food but these Finnish beef and onion pasties could pass for British cuisine. The tasty pastry encloses the beef filling and these hot little treats will certainly be very popular. These make good starter recipes during the colder months when people not only assume they will be getting hot starter recipes but they actually crave them too.

Have you tried Cornish pasties (hand-pies) or other kinds of pies from the UK? If you liked those then you will probably also like these Finnish beef and onion pasties because they offer the same kind of appeal.

Easy Recipe for Pasty with Beef and Onion
From Finland with love - that is the home of these delicious little pies which are packed with beef and onion for a rich, meaty taste. These are lovely little snacks or you can enjoy them for lunch.
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Cuisine: Finnish
Recipe type: Starter
Serves: 24
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Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 400g (14 oz) cooked beef mince (ground beef), drained well
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix half the flour with half the milk or water.
  2. Add half the salt, the oil and the rest of the flour to create a firm dough.
  3. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough out and cut into 24 pieces. Roll out each piece to about 15 cm (6 inches).
  5. Combine the beef, pepper and onion and divide this mixture between each pastry disc.
  6. Close each pasty and crinkle the dough with a fork so it seals well.
  7. Make a hole with a fork in the top of each one.
  8. Fry, holes side down, in a skillet until the pie is browned, the edges are golden and the pasties are hot.

These Finnish beef and onion pasties are so enjoyable. This might not be one of the most common types of appetizers but they are certainly delicious. The beef filling is flavored with onion and pepper, for a simple, rustic result. Serve one or two per person or offer these at a buffet or as finger food. If you are doing the finger food option you must let them cool down a bit first, else people might burn their mouths. Finnish food is worth experimenting with and making these typical Finnish pasties is a great way to start looking into this yummy cuisine. Known as hand pies in the US, these pasties (pronounced PAH-steez) are typically British or, in this case, Finnish.

Image courtesy of JoelK75, on Flickr.com

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