An Australian meat pie is a hand-sized meat pastry that contains diced or minced meat and gravy, sometimes with onion, mushrooms, or cheese, and is often eaten as a snack.
The meat pie in Australia and New Zealand is regarded to be iconic. In 2003, former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr defined it as the “national dish” of Australia.
New Zealanders consider the meat pie to be part of New Zealand cuisine, and it is part of the national identity of New Zealand.
About Aussie Meat Pie Recipe
The meat pie was first discovered around 9500 BC in the Neolithic Period. The ancient diet of the Egyptians first included pies made of oat, wheat, rye, and barley, filled with honey and baked over warm coals.
In both Australia and New Zealand, the meat pie is a typical convenience food often found in gas stations, stores, and fast-food restaurants. There are different regional and international variations of meat pie.
Latin Americans meat empanadas that are similar in a way with meat pie; various pastry shells and fillings are used, and they may be baked or fried. Empanadas usually contain lots of onion and green or red pepper, in combination with meat or fish. In Nigeria, their meat pie is similar to the Jamaican beef patty. It can be baked or fried, and the filling can be almost anything aside from minced beef.
Meat pies have several variations around the world. Just like the Aussie meat pie, they have played a significant role in their daily diet. Aside from being a savory snack, meat pies are also healthy.
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