If you have been reading this blog, you will know we are trying to make novel and interesting recipes for our 15 month old girl (aka Miss Munchkin). She is bored of casseroles, and in general wants stuff that is easy to chew on her tender teething gums so pieces of meat have been roundly rejected. What we are trying to do, and to present in this blog, is food that we eat, but presented to Miss Munchkin in a downsized, fun looking easy to eat format. I think this recipe works well for that. It also works well in larger versions for mums and dads. I would add a bit of chilli and olives for the grown up version.
You can use minced lamb or beef for this recipe. It is easy to make up, easy to construct, quick to bake and was very well accepted by Miss Munchkin.
Shortcrust pastry (250g) – make your own or shop bought is fine (see a previous post about food processors – am now a convert).
Minced meat 200g
Frozen peas and sweetcorn (about 80g)
Cumin, cinnamon salt, pepper, thyme and bayleaf
1/2 sweet potato mashed
Meat stock (home made best, otherwise do check salt content of shop bought ones for babyfood)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Milk to seal and brush pastry
Preheat oven to 200degC
Chop onion and garlic, fry until soft then add minced meat and brown it. Add peas and sweetcorn and mix in. Add a bit of stock.
Seasonwith salt, pepper, herbs and any spices (I have suggested those we used above).
Mix in the mashed sweet potato (helps absorb the juice of the meat and keep moisture away from the pastry yet prevent the final filling becoming dry) *See occasional chef hints from my husband are what you get on this blog!!*
*Great that is the filling done.*
Roll out pastry to 2mm thick sheet on a floured surface. Remember to keep turning the sheet over to stop it sticking to the surface…
Cut out circles of pastry using a pastry cutter and then put a teaspoon of filling in the centre of each circle.
Brush the edges of the pastry with milk and fold over the pastries, sealing into a half moon shaped pastry. Crimp the edges and brush surface with milk or beaten egg.
Bake in oven for 20 mins or until golden brown.
Suggest serving with Pasta and or veg to make a well balanced meal with lots of carbs for active toddlers.
Miss Munchkin spent several minutes working out the best way to eat them, as they were something new. She sniffed them, turned them over, poked at them, and after a cautious nibble she then devoured them.