If you've ever been to Nebraska, you've probably had a handheld meat pie or sandwich. These palm-sized dough pockets encase browned beef and an assortment of chopped veggies. They are built to travel: great made ahead and heated for lunch, and they'll fly off the table at a potluck.
Recipe courtesy of Young Sun Huh
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Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies
Total:
3 hr 40 min
Active:
1 hr
Yield:
10 meat pies
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
3 hr 40 min
Active:
1 hr
Yield:
10 meat pies
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more if needed
  • 3 cups chopped green cabbage (about 1/2 large head)
  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
  • Ketchup, for serving

Directions

For the dough: Whisk together the warm water, yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Set aside until the yeast activates and becomes foamy on top, about 10 minutes. 

Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter melts. Allow to cool to less than 115 degrees F. 

Whisk the flour, salt and remaining sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the foamy yeast mixture and cooled milk mixture. Turn on the mixer to knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should be a smooth uniform ball that no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in a warm area until the dough doubles in size, about 1 1/2 hours. 

For the filling: In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the beef and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Brown the beef, stirring and breaking it up into small pieces, about 5 minutes. Once browned, transfer to a bowl and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium, add the cabbage, onions and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 15 minutes. Add the browned beef back to the skillet, stir it together with the cabbage and onions for 5 minutes. Add the white pepper and additional salt if needed. Take off the heat and set aside to cool completely. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. 

When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide it into 10 equal-size balls, about 3 1/2 ounces each. Roll a ball into a rectangle, roughly 6- by 8- inches. Spread 1/2 cup of the cooled filling in the center of the rectangle. Bring the two long sides of dough together so the seam is facing up and pinch them together. Pinch the short ends shut as well. You should have a rectangular shape. Put the filled dough seam-side down on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining 9 balls and the filling. There should be 5 pies per baking sheet. Cover the meat pies with a dish towel and allow them to rest for about 20 minutes. Bake in the oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. 

While the pies bake, melt the butter. As soon as the meat pies come out of the oven, brush the tops with the melted butter and serve with ketchup.

Cook's Note

After they have baked and cooled you can freeze up to a month. To reheat, take right out of the freezer, cover with foil and place into a 350 degree oven until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes.

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