Irish Pasties – Beef and Veggie Hand Pies

Average Rating 4.5 from 2 ratings

This crispy hand pie is traditional Irish fare filled with a hearty savory filling. Made with our All-Purpose Artisan Flour Blend or our Bread Mix.

This is a three-step recipe — the filling, the dough, and then putting it together. You can either start early and finish later in the day after the filling is cooled, or make it over two days. You can also freeze the hand pies to bake later.

Note: this recipe was updated 3/2/17 to adjust the amount of filling to half the amount of the original recipe.

Irish Pasties – Beef and Veggie Hand Pies

Irish Pasties – Beef and Veggie Hand Pies


    FILLING (makes enough for 12-14 hand pies)
  • 1 to 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, chopped fine (approx.¾ cup)
  • 1 cup green cabbage, thinly shredded
  • ½ lb. ground Sirloin
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • ½ cup chicken or beef stock
  • ¾ cup red potatoes, parboiled, steamed or roasted (about 4 oz or 2 small potatoes), ¼-inch dice
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • PIE DOUGH - Option 1 (makes pastry for eight 6-inch pasties)
  • 2½ cups Pamela's All-Purpose Flour Artisan Flour Blend (350g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ½ cup butter, chilled and diced
  • ½ cup shortening, chilled and diced
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • PIE DOUGH - Option 2 (makes pastry for ten or eleven 6-inch pasties)
  • 1 bag (3½ cups) Pamela's Bread Mix (no yeast is used in this recipe)
  • ½ cup butter, chilled and diced
  • ½ cup shortening, chilled and diced
  • ½ cup ice cold water
  • Variations for either pie dough option:
  • For a buttery crust, use 16 TBSP butter in place of butter and shortening
  • For a non-dairy crust, use 8 TBSP dairy-free butter alternative and 8 TBSP shortening
  • Egg Wash (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp water



Sauté the chopped onion in oil until soft, then add cabbage and cook three or four minutes until completely wilted. Remove from pan. Add ground meat, salt and pepper, and brown until meat is almost done, breaking into small pieces; remove excess grease from the pan. Mix tomato paste with stock and Worcestershire sauce, add to pan with meat, and cook 5 minutes on low. Add potatoes, peas and carrots, onions and cabbage and bring back to a simmer. Add fresh and dried thyme, mix well, simmer a couple more minutes, taste and correct seasonings (add cayenne at this point if using).

Spread out to cool quickly if making pies the same day, otherwise put in container; cool, cover and store until ready to use. May be frozen at this point for later use or stored for up to three days in the refrigerator. Makes enough filling for 12 to 14 hand pies.

PIE DOUGH - Option 1

Use a stand mixer, food processor, pastry blender, or your fingers.

Whisk together flour, salt and sugar (and cayenne if using) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add shortening and butter and mix on low until pea-sized pieces are formed. Add ice water and mix until dough just comes together. Divide dough in two and roll into logs about 6" long and wrap in plastic wrap. Makes enough dough for 8 hand pies.

PIE DOUGH - Option 2

Use the ingredients called for, but follow the steps above for making the dough. Divide dough in two and roll into logs about 6" long and wrap in plastic wrap. Makes enough dough for 10 or 11 hand pies.


Remove plastic wrap from logs. Cut each log into 4 equal pieces, about 80 gr. (Note: Option 2-Bread Mix will make more disks of dough.) Flatten each piece of dough and roll between two pieces of plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment, from the center out, to make 6 ½-inch circles, about 1/8-inch thick. Turn the dough, and paper/plastic over as you roll, and release dough from the paper/plastic as you go. When approximately the right size, peel the paper off one side and cut out 6-inch circles, using a plate and knife or pan lid. Dough should handle pretty well if you are gentle. NOTE: if you don't have a rolling pin; use a wine bottle or just hand pat, using fingers and palm, to approximate size and shape.

Make a yolk and water wash (mix 1 egg yolk and 2 tsp. water with a fork), and use a small brush or your finger to paint half way around the circle on the edge. (You can skip the egg wash all together and use water, milk, or cream to seal the dough together.) Reserve the egg wash to brush the tops of the pies; do this right before baking, so it does not soften the dough.

Place ¼ cup cold filling in a half circle on one half, leaving painted edge clear. Gently fold over, using the plastic/paper remaining on the bottom, and press edges together slightly. Use a fork dipped in flour to press the edges together. Trim with a paring knife to make a clean-looking pie (if necessary). Repeat; place assembled hand pies on a parchment lined rimmed sheet pan and refrigerate until all are assembled. When dough feels firm to the touch cut two or three small steam vents in the top of the pies. (Remember to brush the tops with egg wash just prior to baking.) Chill well before baking. Freeze if saving for a later date.


Pre-heat oven to 400°, with rack in the bottom third of oven. Brush tops with egg wash and bake 20 minutes, reduce temperature to 350° and bake 10 to 20 minutes longer, until edges are golden brown, and the tops are golden. Cool at least 5 to 10 minutes; if too hot, they can be breakable.

Bake frozen Irish Pasties by removing from freezer while preheating oven to 400°. Bake as instructed above. NOTE: It may take up to 10 to 15 minutes longer during the 350° baking time due to the product being frozen.

They are great hot or cold, and travel well.

Chef's Note: The filling can be anything that can be put inside pie dough. It is a great way to get rid of leftovers. You can make up a bunch of hand pies and have them in the freezer to have something easy and delicious, baked in less than an hour, at a moment's notice.

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7 Reviews or Comments for Irish Pasties – Beef and Veggie Hand Pies

  1. April September 16, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    The filling part of this recipe makes enough for “15 to 18 hand pies” but the pie dough part of this recipe makes enough for “10 hand pies.” I’m really glad I read the instructions thoroughly before shopping for the ingredients…looks like I’ll have to double the pie dough ingredients…

    I’ll check in later to report on how this goes.

    • Pamelas Customer Service February 25, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      Note that the recipe was changed to make less filling since this comment was posted.

  2. Krysia March 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    I doubled the recipe and still had plenty of filling. That’s alright we had it on toast–chipped beef style. Kids loved it.

    Recipe Rating: 4.5
    • Pamelas Customer Service February 25, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      Note that the recipe was changed to make less filling since this comment was posted.

  3. Catelyn Rose October 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Filling is delicious – especially if you sub 1lb. of skirt steak (diced up to the size of marbles) instead of hamburg, brussel sprouts instead of cabbage, and shallots instead of onion. It was delicious! The crust was a challenge. I ended up having to add more water than instructed and in the end, doubling up the thickness. It was the only way to get them to stay closed and not have the top crack open. Oh, and I had to crimp them all the way around because the back side that “folds over” was not happening. I made my wife gluten full ones with the same stuffing. They were gorgeous. Next time, I think I’ll try a different method of mixing the dough to see if I can get a more forgiving, less cracky, and stretchier result.

    Recipe Rating: 4
  4. Holly February 26, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    There are two dough options. I have had a failure with stuffed pie before with Pamela’s but can’t recall which dough I used. Does anyone know which one will yield a stretchy dough that doesn’t break open while attempting to close the pies??

  5. Janelle March 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

    Be careful to not overfill. I put ~2 Tablespoons of filling instead of 1/4 cup. Also fold over the dough using the parchment paper… It helps the dough from cracking open I noticed.

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