Several years ago, while on vacation in Texas, we took a day trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana. You’ve probably never heard of the town, but they are famous for their meat pies. Naturally, we had to have one, so we headed over to Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant downtown. The meat pies are basically a pastry dough jam packed with a ground beef and pork mixture and deep fried until golden brown. Delicious? Yes. Good for you? Not so much. I decided to try to make my own version, that would be a little less artery-clogging. Here’s the result.
You need 1-1/2 cups of cooked meat. For this healthier version, I used ground turkey. You can use any type of meat you desire – ground beef, ground pork, chopped up steak, shredded chicken, sausage, etc. And of course, you can use a combination of meats.
To make the filling mixture, in a large bowl, combine the cooked ground turkey(or whatever), 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, 1/4 cup finely diced sundried tomatoes, and 1/4 cup egg substitute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set this aside while we prepare the crust.
I used frozen puff pastry to make it quick and easy. Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions. Unfold the patry and cut it into thirds along the fold lines.
Place 1/4 cup of the meat mixture on one half of each rectangle. Sprinkle a tablespoon of fat free shredded cheese on top of the meat.
Moisten edgess of pastry dough with water.
Fold dough over filling and press the edges with tines of a fork to seal.
Spray the tops of the dough with cooking spray, and cut a few slits in the top for the steam to release. Bake at 350 until golden brown.
These things are SO flippin’ good. They are 9 points each when made with ground turkey (or 95% lean ground beef or shredded chicken), so while I wouldn’t exactly call them a super low point food, they’re not extremely high in points – like the original would be! Pair one of these with a nice salad and you’ve got a great meal.
BAKED MEAT PIES
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, finely diced
- 1-1/2 cups cooked ground turkey (or other meat)
- 1/4 cup egg substitute
- 6 tbsp shredded fat free cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
Unfold pastry and cut each piece into thirds along folds.
Combine remaining ingredients in bowl. Place 1/4 cup of mixture on one half of each pastry rectangle. Moisten edges of pastry with water and fold over filling. Press edges with tines of a fork to seal. Bake at 350 until golden brown.
Points per serving: 9 (Made with ground turkey, 95% lean ground beef, or chicken)
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