Beef and cucumber pies

Treat yourself to the delicious combination of succulent beef and spicy cucumbers or chutney, covered in delicious Cornish shortcrust pastry. With this recipe you can take your taste buds on a delicious journey without the need for additional seasonings. The aromatic pickle or chutney is baked directly into the dough, making it practical and hassle-free. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just in the mood for a tasty snack, these savory pies are a sure-fire crowd pleaser. So get ready to enjoy the fusion of flavors and textures in every bite of these Homemade Beef & Pickle Pasties!


  • 500g pack of beef steak or sirloin steak, finely chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 250g beets, diced
  • 8 tbsp cucumber
  • 200 g butter, diced
  • 100g lard, diced
  • 600g flour, plus some flour for dusting
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons milk


Freeze baked or uncooked
To freeze, wrap in cling film and pack
a container to prevent the pies from coming out
crushed and frozen for up to 3 months.
Thaw in the refrigerator if already cooked, or
Bake from frozen as directed and add
10 minutes additional baking time.

Preparation steps

  1. To make the dough, rub the butter, lard and 1 teaspoon of salt into the flour with your fingertips or stir in a food processor.
  2. Mix 8 tablespoons of cold water into a firm dough.
  3. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces, cover with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
  5. Mix beef, onions, potatoes, beets, 1 tablespoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.
  6. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a circle about 20 cm in diameter.
  7. Use a plate or bottom of a cake pan to cut out the shape of the dough.
  8. Stuff one-eighth of the beef mixture into the center of each dough circle, leaving a border at each end.
  9. Place a good spoonful of pickle on top of the beef mixture.
  10. Brush the edges of the dough all over with a little beaten egg.
  11. Gently pull the dough up on each side to meet the top and pinch to seal.
  12. Lift pies onto 2 nonstick baking sheets.
  13. Brush the pies with egg and bake for 10 minutes at 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7.
  14. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and bake for a further 45-55 minutes until golden brown.

Nutritional Information

803 48g 24g 70g 8g 4g 21g 2.4g

Equipment and tools

To prepare beef and cucumber pies, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • frying pan
  • baking tray
  • Pastry brush
  • rolling pin
  • parchment paper
  • Oven

Allergen information

The beef and cucumber pie recipe contains the following potential allergens:

  • butter
  • lard
  • milk
  • egg

Please be sure to check the specific dietary needs or restrictions of anyone consuming this dish.

Storage and leftovers

You can store and freeze beef and cucumber patties as follows:

  1. Wrap the baked or unbaked pies individually in plastic wrap.
  2. Place the wrapped pies in a container to prevent them from getting crushed.
  3. Freeze the pies for up to 3 months.
  4. If the pies are already cooked, let them thaw in the refrigerator before eating.
  5. If baking from frozen, follow the original baking instructions and add an additional 10 minutes to the baking time.

Enjoy the leftovers by reheating the pies in the oven until warmed through.

Benefits of Beef & Pickle Pasties

Beef and cucumber pies are not only a delicious savory treat, but they also offer several health benefits. Packed with healthy ingredients and essential nutrients, these pies can be a great addition to your diet. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of beef and cucumber pie ingredients:

1. Beef:
Beef, particularly the skirt or chuck steak used in this recipe, is a good source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, supporting muscle growth, and maintaining a healthy immune system. In addition, beef is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium and B vitamins, which play a crucial role in energy production and overall well-being.

2 onions:
Onions not only add flavor to the pies but also provide various health benefits. They are a good source of antioxidants, including flavonoids and sulfur compounds, which have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. Onions also contain prebiotic fiber, which promotes a healthy gut by feeding beneficial bacteria.

3. Potatoes:
Potatoes are a versatile ingredient that provides important nutrients and fiber. They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins. Potatoes also provide a healthy dose of fiber, which aids digestion, promotes regular bowel movements, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

4. Sweden:
Turnips, also known as turnips, are low in calories and high in antioxidants and fiber. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting and bone health. Turnips also contain minerals such as potassium and manganese, which have a positive effect on general well-being.

5. Cucumber:
Adding pickles to these pies not only improves their taste but also provides some health benefits. Pickles are made from cucumbers that are low in calories and high in water content. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. Cucumbers also contain beneficial probiotics that contribute to a healthy gut microbiome and support digestive health.

Although the ingredients in beef and cucumber pies offer several health benefits, it is important to consume them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Additionally, individuals with special dietary restrictions or health conditions should consult a doctor before incorporating these pies into their diet plans.

Enjoy these delicious beef and cucumber pies knowing that they will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide essential nutrients for your health.

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