Grandma Amy's Hand Pies

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Serves: 6


4 c all purpose flour
1 1/3 c shortening
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 c ice water
3/4 lb beef top round steak, boneless, cubed
2 large potatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1/2 c rutabaga, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
butter, unsalted

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Marsha Gardner Recipe
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Florala, AL (pop. 1,980)
Member Since Aug 2012
Marsha's notes for this recipe:
When we were kids and stayed with my grandmother we would have these little gems for a late afternoon snack. My grandpa wanted his dinner around 7:30 and we didn't last that long without a substantial snack.
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Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, salt and shortening til they form pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle water over the mixture, a little at a time, stirring gently til it forms a ball.

Set aside and let rest 10 minutes. Divide into 6 pieces and roll into (8 inch) circles.
Mix all the filling ingredients and place an equal amount on 1/2 of each circle. Dot with butter and fold the crust over; seal the edges with a little water and a fork. Vent the tops with a fork and gently place on an ungreased sheet.

Bake one hour or til golden brown.

Hand pies freeze well. If you freeze prior to baking, when you remove from the freezer bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you bake them and then freeze, remove from the freezer, let thaw a little bit and then bake for 20-25 minutes just to heat.
I often make them smaller like those in the picture. I have a mold that I bought to make Chinese Dumplings and it works perfectly for the smaller sizes. At our house we like the smaller hand pies as a hearty appetizer or for watching the "Ball Game".

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user Cassie * 1lovetocook1x - Oct 9, 2012
These sound good..
user Erlene Martin mamalene - Oct 9, 2012
Marsha,these look yummy,I have a dumpling maker like yours so I will be probably make these bites like you do.During the holidays, my family gets together and we have a whole table of finger food. Thank you for the recipe
user Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Oct 9, 2012
I use that little dumpling maker for lots of things besides what I bought it for. A great investment.
user Val Al NumNumQueen - Oct 10, 2012
Reminds me of English pies! Yum.
user Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Oct 10, 2012
My grandmother was English and she got this recipe from her grandmother who was Cornwall. I guess they are about as English as you get.

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