Emeril's Pork Pies

  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
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Ingredients

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound ground Italian or any spicy pork sausage

1 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped celery

Salt

Essence, recipe follows

Cayenne

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup water

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 cup cooked long grain white rice

4 ounces grated Maytag White Cheddar cheese

1 recipe pastry, recipe follows

Pastry for Pork Pies:

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

6 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening

1 egg

2/4 cup milk

Solid vegetable shortening for deep-frying

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and brown the sausage, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, Essence, cayenne, and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are wilted, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Dissolve the flour in the water and add to the meat mixture. Stir until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the green onions and rice. Mix well and let cool. Stir in the cheese.

Pastry for Pork Pies:

  1. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening unit it resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, working it to make a thick dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough pieces into thin rounds, about 5 inches in diameter. Put about 1/4 cup of the mixture in the center of each round, fold over and crimp the edges with a fork. Heat the shortening a deep pot or an electric deep-fryer to 360 degrees F. Fry the pies, two to three at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.