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'X marks the spot' pies recipe

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Take the pain out of cooking for picky kids with these recipes they'll all say yum to! The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen invites you to try 'X marks the spot' pies Recipe. Enjoy a wonderful collection of kids recipes any kid would be impressed by. 

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Makes 36

Ingredients (serves 10)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small brown onion, chopped
350g lean beef mince
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small zucchini, grated
1 small carrot, grated
2 tablespoons gravy powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 sheets frozen ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, partially thawed
1 tablespoon milk
Tomato sauce, to serve


Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until softened. Add mince. Cook, breaking up mince with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Add garlic, zucchini and carrot. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Stir in gravy powder, tomato paste and 1/4 cup cold water. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens. Cool.

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Grease three 12-hole round patty pans. Using a 6.5cm cutter, cut 36 rounds from 2 pastry sheets. Cut seventy-two 1cm x 6cm strips from remaining pastry. Line holes of prepared pans with pastry rounds.

Spoon level tablespoons of mince mixture into pastry rounds. Top each with 2 strips of pastry to form a cross. Brush with milk. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, swapping trays during cooking, or until pastry is golden brown and pies heated through. Stand for 1 minute. Transfer to a dish. Serve with tomato sauce.

Super Food Ideas - August 2008, Page 17
Recipe by Kim Coverdale

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