Natchitoches Meat Pies

So during my experience as a Utah girl transplanted to Louisiana, my feelings about this place have ranged from complete and utter despair (think August…humidity…mosquitoes…cockroaches…) to the thrill of living in a place so steeped in history and folklore. And the fact that I pretty much never have to wear pantyhose. One of my favorite places to visit and to take visitors is a little town called Natchitoches (pronounced NACK-it-esh; don’t even ask). Check this out:

That is not a prettied-up version–it’s exactly what it looks like. It’s this fabulously charming little town (actually, the oldest settlement in Louisiana) with a historic district where you just stroll around and pop in and out of little shops and restaurants. There’s almost always something going on, the people are friendly (one lady, complete stranger, offered my dad some cracklins when he asked him what they were. Turns out they’re pieces of fried pork fat.), and the food is amazing. Natchitoches is famous for its meat pies and you can pop into pretty much any little restaurant and find “the [supposed] best meat pies in Natchitoches.” During all the fairs, festivals, and shows that always seem to be going on, meat pie vendors will set up carts and you can hold onto a pie while you stroll around at a slower pace, feeling like you’re magically in a simpler time. I know, I sound like I’m totally romanticizing this place, but what can I say? I’m a girl in love.

Louisiana is such a melting pot of cultures; along with the traditional Southern foods like fried chicken, grits, and barbecue, different regions of Louisiana are also heavily influenced by the Europeans who settled there. Natchitoches was settled by the Spanish, so the meat pies you find there aren’t terribly different from empanadas that you find in Spain, Portugual, and South and Central America, they just have some Cajun flair. And oh, my, they are so delicious.

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I made a few discoveries while playing around with these over the last few weeks:

–The meat mixture gets better over the course of a few days. This is great because you can make the meat mixture and let it hang out in your fridge for a few days, which cuts way down on the time that you have to spend all at once.

–Both the saltiness and spiciness of the meat will be toned down once it’s baked in the pastry, so don’t stress out if the meat mixture tastes a little too salty or spicy when you’re testing it. Also, unless you absolutely cannot handle ANY spice, these should have a bit of a bite to them, so keep that in mind when you’re seasoning the meat mixture with Tabasco. It’s a good idea to make it a touch spicier than you’d normally want it to be.

Homemade pie crust makes a world of difference here. I’ve tried it both ways. There are times when I think a refrigerated pie crust is just fine, but the meat pies I made with homemade crust were incredible and homemade pie crust is really not hard. Like…at all.

–The egg wash also makes a huge difference, both for their appearance and for the texture of the pastry. Unless you have egg allergies, I think you should definitely do the egg wash.

–Although these are traditionally fried, I found that frying is not only harder, unhealthier, and messier, but I like them better baked. We’re talking about pie crust here…not exactly health food to start with, you know?

I also love that these are perfect party food. You can make larger pies for a meal or use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut small circles of dough and make little appetizers.


They’re festive and fun and a little different from your typical holiday or party fare. They also reheat and freeze beautifully; my husband loves to take them to work for lunch. Have I blabbered on long enough? Yeah, probably. Shut it, Kate…

Natchitoches Meat Pies
Recipe by Our Best Bites, adapted from Chef John Folse

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
2+ tsp. Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (it’s the cheapest, best, and widely available)
Tabasco sauce to taste (start with about 1/4 tsp.)
1 can beef broth
Pie Crust, tripled
1 egg
1/4 c. cold water

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and ground pork, breaking the meat into small pieces. When it’s about halfway cooked, drain excess fat (if necessary) and then add green and red peppers, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent. Add 2 tsp. Tony’s and 1/4 tsp. Tabasco. Add beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Cook for about 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with additional Tony’s and Tabasco if necessary, keeping in mind that the seasonings will mellow in the pie. You can refrigerate this mixture for 3-4 days before baking the pies.
Prepare pie crust and roll the entire ball onto a floured surface. For large (meal-sized) pies, I use a bowl that’s about 6″ across the top; I just invert the bowl onto the dough and trace a knife around it to cut the dough.

Place about 1/4 c. of the meat mixture onto one half of the dough circle, keeping about a 1/2″-1″ margin from the edges.

Fold the other side over and gently pinch the edges shut.

For the decorative edge, you could crimp the edge with a fork or use your fingers to flute the edges. You could also use a calzone or empanada mold (used in these pictures).

Preheat oven to 400 and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Place prepared pies onto your baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and cold water and brush over the pies.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool a few minutes and then eat as soon as humanly possible. So good. There are…no words.

Makes about 12 6″ pies or lots and lots of small (biscuit cutter) pies.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: You could do this one of two ways; you can freeze them unbaked and just add the egg wash and bake them for an extra 15-20 minutes, or you can bake them and heat them up in the oven or microwave, whatever suits your needs better.

 

 

481 comments

  1. Ooo am I first?! I wanted one of these forver! They look sooo easy to use. Def going to make the meat pies. The hubbs would love me forever….not that he won't already. LOL.

  2. My mom is from around this area…I love meat pies, and yours looks good, love the fluting…

    I hope you realize I lurk here often, and love your site!

  3. You would freeze them before cooking, right? About how much more time would you add if baking them from frozen?

  4. Those little pies look really good! And I was just given some deer meat that I had NO idea what to do with so I might try it in these. =)

  5. Delicious looking pies. I'd love to try them. The Spanish colonized the Philippines for some 300 years yet I've never eaten one of those before. I have to fix this :p

  6. Those sound like very tasty appetizers! I would love that chopper. I think it would make taco nights so much faster to prepare. =)

  7. Oh these are like the pasties my husband grew up with! I can't wait to try them! And that tool looks like a must have!

  8. Would love one of those choppers!!!! Clearly I have not checked out what Tupperware has to offer lately! I had NO idea they had so much cool stuff! And I thought I was done Christmas shopping 😉

  9. Natchitoches really is a lovely town. However, for me it's tainted by the creepy guy I once dated that was from there. Anyway…..
    Great recipe and gadget! I'll keep my fingers crossed! Jeanette at splendidthings.etsy.com or thealldays(at)msn.com

  10. My mom used to make meat pies like that, although they didn't have creol spice in them. We just called them empanadas… Those are tasty! I'll be making these for sure!

  11. LOVE the flavor of these and love that your recipes are always so user-friendly! And I don't know if I salivated more over the meat pies or the chopper–but it would look lovely in my kitchen–not to mention get lots of love and attention…

  12. These look like empanadas (which are really good!). I'm going to try and make these. They look yummy!

  13. That looks like a pretty cool gadget.

    In the upper peninsula of Michigan we have pasties—a meat & potato pie, sounds like there are many regional variations.

  14. That looks so awesome! I totally love this site! I have tried several of the recipes and loved each one.

  15. What a beautiful town. I know you said don't ask, but really what's up with the pronunciation of the name? The meats pies look yummy! I'm off to check out the Tupperware site. Cheers!

  16. I live in Houston…just a few hours away from Louisiana….and now must travel to Nati-whatever as soon as possible! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Dude, I totally have one of those empanada makers. I had no idea what it was for… I assumed cute pb&j's. My mom gave it to me from her vast Tupperware supply and NOW I know how to use it :).

  18. That town looks absolutely gorgeous and full of rich history!! It reminds me of Savannah a bit.

    I don't eat beef…. I wonder how these would taste with ground turkey??

  19. I like meat pies. I am wondering if one could do a tourtiere version of these pies. (I live in Quebec Canada, and that is our version of the meat pie.)

    The creole seasoning sounds good. I am wondering what kind of flavor profile I could sub for these? I have cajun spice, but I think that would be too harsh. Does anyone have an idea on what a northerner could sub for it?

  20. Those meat pies look totally delicious and I am definitely going to try them. I made empanadas last year with store brand pie dough, and the crust ruined the whole thing so I'm not going to repeat that mistake!!

  21. Your meat pies look fantastic! But what I really loved about this post is the picture of that cozy little town! I always dreamed about moving from the big city to one of those but was always scared to… but it's so beautiful!

  22. Thank you so much for the recipe and I am going to try it after the holidays…Please add me to your give a way it seems to be very useful and I love my kitchen gadgets…thank you so much
    Sharon G

  23. I've always wondered how that was pronounced! Can't wait to try these.

    Oh, and Kate…you should never wear pantyhose…no matter where you live! 😉

  24. That chopper looks great! I've been chopping a lot lately and could really use something like that. You guys are the best!
    mowsquaz(at)aol(dot)com

  25. Those meat pies look yummy. I would love to win the chopper it would surely make life easier. Thanks for all your great give aways!

  26. I will try these. I'm always looking for something new to try and the guys will love this, I'm sure!

  27. i haven't thought of tupperware in years… looks like something i would use all the time… I'm headed straight to her tupperware website to check it all out! Thanks for the tip

  28. These look yummy! I love this site!
    I really would love this quick chef. I finally got a little food processor from my mom (one that I used in high school 20 years ago), and then the motor died after 2 months.

  29. Those look so good. I have a whole list of recipes I love but have SO MUCH CHOPPING!

  30. Glenda–You can do it either way, freeze them unbaked and then add some additional baking time (15-20 minutes or so…keep an eye on them) or just bake them and heat them up in the microwave. Naturally, they're going to taste better if you bake them from frozen, but the other way is faster on the eating end of things, so whatever works, you know? 🙂

    Hannah–That's disgusting. Fried pork intestines are WAY worse than fried pig fat.

    Abby–ground turkey would definitely work!

    Jason–If you can't find Tony's, you could use a touch of Cajun seasoning and then salt, black pepper, and some more Tabasco sauce.

  31. Looks amazing! I would die for one of those! Well, not really. Then I couldn't use it!
    Natchitoches looks like a place I want to visit! Great picture!

  32. Pick me, Pick me! I just love your blog and these meat pies, while I was hesitant at the name meat pie, look really good! I'll be adding these to my "must try list"

  33. My sis-in-law has one of these and I loved it! She hardly even uses hers, I can't believe it, maybe if I don't win I'll have to go beg her for it.

  34. Welcome to Louisiana! Grew up in Alexandria and now in Texas. Miss the food, family and fun. You are right, don't miss August, etc…It is a wonderful state. My husband went to college in Natchitoches. Love everything about it, especially the meat pies, we have to stop and get one everytime we are passing by. I don't like my meat pie recipe, so I'm going to try yours. Thanks and Merry Christmas, Bon Noel!

  35. Kate you have inspired me! I think I will make these for my dad and step mom while on vacation. Love that cute little town!

  36. I am definitely going to be trying this recipe out. I've never heard of them before! Sounds amazingly delicious 😀 & tupperware seriously has EVERYTHING.

  37. Oh my goodness…I would LOVE one of those choppers! It would make life so much easier, especially since I don't even have a food processor. Thanks for the chance to win one.
    honeybugg11(at)yahoo(dot)com

  38. These look delicious for sure! And I totally want to come see that town, it looks like so much fun. Sounds like something right up my alley!

    Your recipes never ever fail me! Thank you thank you!

  39. Love your site!! Love it. By the way, Hannah is absolutely right; chitlins are pig intestines. I think what your dad probably had was cracklins which are pieces of fried pork fat and are very tasty.

  40. I think my husband & kids would love these! I'm not much of a meat eater, but they do look tempting.

  41. I hope your dad had cracklins and not chitlins (pig intestines)! Egh. Thanks for another awesome giveaway!
    julien @ alumni . clemson . edu

  42. Thanks for the giveaway. I had no idea tupperware had gotten so fancy! I think my husband would really enjoy the meat pies.

  43. You guys are totally right–it was cracklins, not chitlins! Off to change it right now! 🙂

  44. I am definitely going to try to make these- they look great!

    You have a great site, I always get very hungry when I read your posts… 🙂

  45. When I 1st read 'meat pie' I sort of turned up my nose but then I read the post and ummm now I am HUNGRY! lol I have made a LOT of your recipes for my Christmas Baskets this year, so thanks for the help! lol
    Tupperware has certainly proven the test of time and it looks like they have made some great updates!

  46. Great, since I'm pregnant I'm now going to crave these until I make them. Guess I'd better make a grocery list…

    (They really look fantastic!)

  47. My husband went on his mission to Louisiana, and served in Natchitoches! I'll definitely be making these soon, and we both loved your Red Beans & Rice recipe, too. Keep the Louisiana recipes coming! Thank you!

  48. You have convinced me that I CAN make pie crust and have it be edible. Neat things from Tupperware. Boy, has it come a long way!

  49. Sounds delicious! I think my husband would really like them! As for the Tupperware gadget! That is genius!

  50. OH I totally need that chopper. NEED IT.

    Those meat pies sound fantastic, I wonder where I can find that seasoning!

  51. These look like the ones my mom used to make. Will have to try this recipe. It looks yummy!!

  52. Oh I would LOVE to win these!

    I told Hubby about this recipe, he is getting ready to go buy the supplies for me to make them tonight! LOL

  53. So it's like a hand crank food processor. How cool is that?!

    Love the meat pies – thanks for that recipe! I think I'll make some this weekend. Yum!

  54. Yay, Nachitoches Meat Pies! My husband is going to love you forever for this!

    I too am a transplant to Louisiana. Even though I know how to pronounce it correctly, I will always call it Natch-i-toe-cious. Just like Opsaloupsas. hahaha I just can't get over things sounding way differen't than they are spelled 🙂

    Going to make some meat pies tonight!! Thanks so much 🙂 Merry Christmas

  55. Curegirl–I've just seen it in grocery stores pretty much every place I've ever lived (usually in the spice aisle), but Amazon also sells it.

  56. Thanks for this post – I just found what I'm making for Christmas – these meat pies! Love tupperware!

  57. Who doesn't love free stuff? And I have to say I've never had a "meat pie" before. We just might have to try this with the kids over the holidays.

  58. I am in E. TX and may have to wonder across the border to see this cute little place! I am a AZ transplant and can't pronounce the majority of the town names in LA!

    PS the pies look delish! may be on my to do this weekend list!

  59. ooo ooo ooohh…

    I would LOVE to have one! This would be nice and handy rather than always getting out the electric. And who doesn't love to whip up a salad with veggies when the power is out?! haha

  60. These look SOOO good. I love a good meat pie. And the chopper is great too! I have an electric mini chopper, but it chops too small. This would be perfect!

  61. There is this lady at the state fair in Tulsa, OK, who sells these kind of things every year. I LOVE to watch her! I am tempted every year to buy one, but I don't want to shell out the $30+. I have a huge food processore, but this would be so nice for little jobs!

  62. I love Tupperware! I've got some pieces that were passed on to me that are still perfect. I could definitely use this chopper! I have to chop onions really quickly because the pain in my eyes is so severe if I stand over them too long. This chopper could very well save me from cutting my fingers off! LOL The pies..look fantastic. I can't wait to tried these!

  63. yummy!!! I am going to have to make these and I am always looking for kitchen gadgets that make my life easier.

  64. That looks so cool. I have to admit I didn't realize that Tupperware still made stuff, but the things that I have of theirs are great!
    I also wanted to tell you that put up the post about homemade marshmallows at the PERFECT time as I had been craving marshmallows and have been wanting to try making them forever! Wow, that's a really long sentence, sorry. 🙂
    Tara fieryken@gmail.com

  65. This recipe sounds terrific. My husband would love it. Of course the chopper would make it even easier. Thank you for the chance to win.

  66. I've been inspired, yet again by the great photos, normal ingredients, and fabulous directions! Can't wait for some meat pies!

  67. I saw one of these tupperware contraptions the other day and it looked very useful. I would love to win.
    I love your blog!!!

  68. Oh my gosh. Not only do those look delicious, but a give a way too. I would love to win something to make chopping easier. Please pick me, Please!

  69. I love meat pies! Unfortunately being from New Jersey, they are not very common around here. 🙁 Maybe if I had one of the cool gadgets, then I would be able to make them more often! ;D

    Jennie 🙂

  70. my husband served his mission in chile and loves empanadas so i'm sure he would love these as well. plus i'd love to whip up my own vinagarettes with the tupperware do dad.

  71. I love your recipes! They are wonderful and I always get lots of compliments when I make them. So far my favorites are Peters Lasagna and the almond poppyseed bread. mmmm. Anyway, your great!

  72. I didn't realize that tupperware was still around. My mom had TONS of tupperware when I was a kid. This gadget looks pretty neat.

    michelle
    mnhub-junk at yahoo dot com

  73. This is my new favorite cooking blog! I love how tasty and accessible everything looks. Will definitely have to try making some of this pies (hopefully with a new kitchen appliance!).

  74. Those pies look so tasty! And since I don't have a food processor – I would love one of those little gadgets!

  75. I always loved Brazilian empanadas. They were my favorite salgadinhos. I could definitely make those with this contraption.

  76. Oh my! I've wanted one of these forever. I love your blog, by the way….I've made plenty of dinners from it – very tasty!

  77. That is a neat-looking gadget! I still picture the old Tupperware my mom owned when I think of that brand.

  78. The recipe looks yummy. I'll be adding that to my list of recipes to try. Would love to be a winner!

  79. Ooo! I need one of those!! I don't have a food processor at and really don't want to pay a ton of money for a good one…so this would be perfect!

  80. My husband and kids are going to love those meat pies (I don't eat mean)!!

    I would love a chopper!

  81. Oh please pick me! I've moved from New Orleans to Cleveland and my bitterly freezing belly sure misses Louisiana cuisine!

  82. I'm excited to try these! I'm also a Utah girl transplanted to the south, just TX, not Louisiana, and enjoying all the new culture. 🙂

  83. Looks neat! I've been meaning to buy some new mixing bowls with lids…I checked out the newest catalog-I didn't know they sold knives!

  84. This gadget would definitely simplify things in the kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway!

    lindsayzockoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  85. Wow…those sounds good. I was blessed to get to try Pasties in England and I wonder if these are anything like those???

    I also want to be entered for that Fab little kitchen goodie!

    Angie

  86. Meat pies look good, I have never tried something like this…seemed like too much work. Love your site, making lots of your goodies for Christmas!
    Heidi

  87. These sound numalicious! I plan to make them for a party Monday night. Can't wait! Maybe I'll even through in some ground caribou to make it truly Alaskan!
    Thanks!

  88. Would love the kitchen gadget. I could use some help chopping! It's my least favorite cooking task. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  89. Natchitoches looks and sounds like such a fun place! I'm sad I never heard of it while I lived on the Gulf Coast. Maybe in another life… I'll have to try the meat pies. We celebrate Chilean Independence and have empanadas every year.

  90. Love this site! Instructions are great and every time I make something I get raves! Even though I will have to manually chop everything, I am going to make these pies for my Open House tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing with us all.

  91. We lived in Louisiana for about 4 years. I was so excited moving back to Texas to be closer to my family, but I miss my LA friends and food!!

  92. I can see that I'm going to have to look at a Tupperware catalog. Haven't seen any for a long time. I'm making meat pies tonight! Look soooo good.

  93. While the gadget is cool and all, I really had to thank you for the recipe. I have the ingredients in my fridge for making meat pies and I'm gagging as I think of making one big one with an untried recipe. Way better, here, is what you've given me … handpies and FREEZABLE! And I hope you don't miss Utah too much. It's been terribly cold this year. But then again, I'm a northern CA transplant to Utah, so this isn't my normal either.

  94. Just recently discovered Best Bites and love your writing style, your recipes and your beautifully composed photos. Thanks so very much!

  95. Oh my goodness gracious, sakes alive these are delicious!! I haven't been to Natchitoches in over 6 years and feel in love with the town!! My mother lives in Leesville but we live over 4000 miles away!!

    Thank you so very much for posting the recipe!! Thank goodness I still have some Tony's left!! Woo hoo I know what we are having over Christmas break!!! Once again thank you so very much!!! I will think of my folks and our wonderful visit everytime I eat these!!! (Just out curiousity whereabouts are you in LA? You can e-mail me instead of posting if you would rather)

  96. Hey, Peggy! 🙂 I can't find your email, but your mom and I are practically neighbors! I'm in the Alexandria area. Thank goodness you still have some Tony's–that would be bad news if you didn't!! I thought they sold Tony's everywhere in the US (of course, that's a huge assumption that you're still in the US, especially if you're 4000 miles away), but it will be a sad day when I can't find it at the store!

  97. That town pic looks so incredible. I can't believe places like that still exist in the world. It's kind of crazy to me but I'm so glad! Thanks for sharing!

  98. I haven't explored the Tupperware world in a long time. Looks like I'm waaaaay behind the times! One of these would be great to play with. I'm sending this post on to my kids at Ft. Polk. Maybe they'll take me to Natchitoches for a pie the next time I visit. Hint, hint.

  99. Mmm, your meat pies look wonderful I'm going to have to make some! Great giveaway! I'm off to look at Tupperware!

  100. ok – so I love anything tupperware, and I am excited to try meat pies done this way. I had them in England once, and they were not so good….

  101. I just love your blog! I have always wanted a food processor and this cute little chopper would be perfect! I have lots of Tupperware, but have run out of space, so haven't purchased more in a while. Thanks for telling us about all the cool gadgets they have now…LOVE IT!

  102. I love empanadas and this one looks delicious. I make something similar for my Puerto Rican husband. I agree about the meat being better after a few days. I always make a batch of my meat filling and put some in the freezer for later. Yummy!

  103. These pies look delish- thanks for the recipe. that town looks so quaint but empty it must have been early in the morning

  104. These sound yummy! I think I'll have to add them to the menu for next week!
    And that Tupperware thing is awesome! I went to a party once where it was demoed and the demonstrator made pico de gallo. It was yummy and so easy! I've wanted one ever since! Maybe this will be my lucky day…doubt it though.

  105. My last Tupperware party was in 1977.Looks like it's time to have another one asap!
    I sure could use this chopper, my food processor has been in storage for 2 years….
    Linda

  106. I love me some empanadas! I got real used to them while I lived in Paraguay. I would love to win the food chopper, too!

  107. We Acadians are kissing cousins to the Cajuns. We too have a meat pie served traditionally for Christmas Eve and rather than hot spiced it is spiced…with cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Yummy stuff that! That is a lovely street…right out of a magazine pretty.
    I would love any contraption that helps get me out of the kitchen sooner!

  108. I need a chopper that I don't have to haul out and plug it. This looks perfect.

  109. Oh wow, those look yummy! I'm going to ask hubby if he'd like them. Cheaper than hot pockets and tastier too I bet!

  110. My hubby and I are transplants to southern Louisiana and it really is a charming place to live! Love the food and now have a reason to visit Natchitoches!!!

    Now off to check out the Tupperware site. My hubby's favorite kitchen tool is their hamburger press that we have had for YEARS!!!!

  111. Being British, meat pies are in my house are as common as milk or eggs : ), which means loads of chopping- I NEEEEED this Quick Chef chopper!

    Love this blog, each and every post!

    Happy Christmas ladies!!!

  112. I REALLY need one of those choppers so I don't have to spend extra $ at the store for already chopped stuff cause I work and all and I need CONVENIENCE big time!

  113. Love your site and recipes.My son has been living in Hawaii for the past 6 years and hasn't had good Cajun food until he comes home to see me. I'd love to be able to fix him some of these.

  114. Wow, I was salivating just reading the recipe. I will definitely try them! Can't do the egg wash though due to a food sensitivity–do you think milk would work instead?

  115. These sound super-yummy … and what a great little gadget to add to the kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win.

  116. Those sound delish, and would be great to make ahead and freeze. Wow, Tupperware has some neat things at her site, thanks.

  117. I found your blog last week, and seriously I think I am in love! Also, thanks for the link to Lolly's blog, I agree, she is wonderful!

  118. making these today in our East Coast snow storm. we used to live in New Orleans – and these spoke to my memories!!!

  119. Those pies look yummy. I am a big fan of chicken pot pies but I never thought of meat pies… way to go, Kate!
    I also love the chopper… I have wanted one of those forever!

    Linda 😉

  120. I have a quick chef and I LOVE it! It makes the best salsa, whips icing beautifully, and saves my eyes when trying to cook with onions.

  121. Would love this. It would make chopping so much more enjoyable. 🙂

    PS can't wait to make the pies!!

    Christina

  122. Those pies sound mouth watering, I can't wait to try them. And that chopper looks like something I could really use!!

  123. I'm a Las Vegas girl transplanted into the south (Georgia) so I can relate. It's a fun cultural experience and so beautiful but so far from family! I enjoy your southern recipes so I can pretend to be a part of things here. And my food processor recently died and I mourn it's loss so this contraption would be a great little tool to tie me over until I can afford another processor! And my anniversary's the 29th so just give it to my husband and tell him you've gotten covered :o)

  124. This looks great. I think I may have to make them for our New Year's Eve party! Thanks for the appetizer idea!

  125. I just came across your blog a couple of weeks ago and have already tried many recipes! I LOVE THIS BLOG. Many of my baked goods christmas gifts are coming from your ideas. I'm so excited to get started on them next week. And that gadget for meat pies…wow! I need one badly. My food processor died on me a few weeks ago and I have a 2yr old and 11wk old so any time savers, saves my life, especially while trying to get dinner on the table!

  126. This sounds like dinner tonight, yum. I love the site and I am making fruity popcorn for my son's school party.
    I am so excited and love your giveaways.

  127. Would so love to have one of these choppers!
    And thank you for all the wonderful recipes & ideas you share!!!!

  128. We make something very similar to these, only we toss in lots of veggies and potatoes to make a Pastie. Their even better if you don't have to put all the work into making them – thanks for freezer instructions! I might add these into my cooking day.

  129. I do not own a food processor and every once in a while a recipe calls for one and a blender just will not cut it. This would be great to have. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Great giveaway, those meat pies look yummy!

  130. That chopper would be awesome! I would probably be willing to cook twice as often if I didn't hate chopping things so much.

  131. I'm from Mississippi and these meat pies look delicious. Of course I'd love the Quick Chef in my kitchen.

  132. Sounds so delicious!
    I'd love the chance to win that great gadget!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  133. I have some sort of food processor smallish thing I love or should I say loved. I think the blades dulled and now it doesn't chop. I would love this gadget and those meat pies look delisH!

  134. I believe I have all the ingredients for these in my cabinet right now! I love recipes like that…no shopping just chopping!

  135. The meat pies look delish. Thanks for the tour of Natchi… whatever it is!

    I have always been amazed at what the little quick chef can do. Hope I win. bgbytwerk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  136. Yum! Hubby thought these looked awesome so since it's just the 2 of us we're going to make them for Christmas Eve dinner. Would love the little chopper too – very handy!

  137. I have a cookbook from an old boss who went to Natchitoches and brought it back for me. I chuckled when I saw how it's pronounced. Anyway, this recipe sounds wonderful and I can't wait to try it. I'm also excited about the giveaway! I could use one of those beauties.

  138. I love these, my mom used to use it for salsa. I would love to add this to my kitchen arsenal.

  139. these look sooo good! Thanks for the recipe. Love the chopper as well, have been wanting one of these for awhile. The Tupperware empanada makers work great by the way!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  140. I just wanted to thank you for the recipes that make people envy me. Ha ha, I have "borrowed" many of yalls!! Thanks for sharing!

  141. Yeah another giveaway!! You guys are the greatest! I'd love a handy gadget like that. Off to check out the other cool stuff in tupperware world and make some of your delicious ginger spice cookies(i'm addicted to them) 🙂

  142. Those looks really great! I love this site. 🙂 I'm totally making those meat pies this week, my husband will love them.

  143. I love the recipe and would like to try it. I would love to be your winner too. I really enjoy your site.

  144. Yum meat pies. I actually have the empanada makers from Tupperware and have been looking for a recipe to use them. Yay

  145. I found this site googling cafe rio tortilla soup and have spent more time than i will admit perusing, but happiest to read this post since I too was a Utah girl turned Louisianian (but in New Orleans not that darling town you go visit! Bourbon never could look that clean. LOL!) And now I am turned Pennsylvanian and the food here is totally lacking unless you only want to eat Italian.
    Anyways would LOVE the food chopper and will be checking your site for more "southern" recipes.

  146. Ooooo…this looks fascinating!! I have never heard of it! It looks so easy to use. How can you not LOVE Tupperware??

  147. Mmm, they sound delicious! I am a huge fan of empanadas and the northern Michigan (upper peninsula) variety of meat pies known as pasties! Also intrigued by the empanada maker…

  148. Have you seen the movie with Johnny Depp where they make meat pies…anyway, I would love to win this one!!

  149. I'm from La and I've been CRAVING meat pies for months now. But I can't find them up here in northern La and I haven't made it to Natchitoches. So this is perfect!! Thanks!

  150. I think I know what's for dinner tonight! YUM! Thanks for sharing!

    And I just realized while helping a friend prepare dinner or a Christmas party that I am totally missing out on a food processor but no way can I afford one of them! This would be a great start!

  151. I have a craving for all things cajun these days. This will be on my list.
    Merry Christmas! I love your site!

  152. I seriously have one of those on my Christmas list, but I don't think Santa is going to come through for me. Maybe OBB will!!

  153. Meat pies are wonderful! Love the photo and the giveaway is great.
    Thanks for introducing me to a part of Louisiana I've not known about.
    Merry Christmas
    from Thistle Cove Farm

  154. This giveaway is great and those meat pies look delicious. With a little tweaking, they would be a good fit for my family.

  155. MMMM, yum! Believe it or not, this is one of the very few things I haven't tried since moving here, but you don't see them around New Orleans much. So, it looks like I'll have to make my own! Or make a trip in your direction. 🙂 Looks so yummy!

  156. Love the recipe! Can't wait to try it- as always, you are definitely giving me something to look forward to making!

  157. These look super yummy…I'll have to give them a whirl…so far I have LOVED everything on your blog!!

  158. I found your site a week ago and am now addicted!!

    I've made your sugar cookies w/ glace icing, your cinnabun popcorn, and now I have the meat for these pies cooked up and marinating in the fridge waiting to be put into pie crust for Christmas Eve dinner!

    I am in LOVE with all your recipes. I live in a small town in the Alaskan bush and it is sometimes difficult to find ingredients for recipes at our tiny store, but so far I've been able to get evrything i've needed!

  159. I've seen one "in action" and I can tell you that this is the best invention yet by tupperware!!! I would love to have one, as i'm sure it makes life just a little bit easier 🙂

  160. I really want that chopper. It would be so great not only for my kids to use when I make them help around the kitchen, but to use for food storage stuff when the world ends and there's no more electricity (ha ha).

  161. Oh these look soooooooooo yummy. I'm sure my finance and I will be making these very very soon 🙂 the Quick Chef would make them much easier 😉

  162. Cant wait to try this! I have LOVED all your recipes I have tried which is almost all of them! Thanks guys for being so awesome and making my husband VERY happy! 🙂

  163. my mom was from around there… reminds me of her!
    love your site, the meat pies i know are fantastic. haven't done them in ages, so i will try yours.

  164. Tupperware has come a long way since I last checked it out.
    We are going to have to try these pies out…they look so good!
    khorraxe(at)gmail(dot)com

  165. I can not wait to try the meat pies. Your recipes have not let me down so far and think that one looks delicious!

  166. Oh my these look absolutely tasty i cant wait to try them!! I would love this kitchen gadget!! I hope i win!!

  167. MMMMM wish we were neighbors. These look so good. This chopper would sure come in handy with all the new years resolutions I am going to make this year!

  168. Looks super yummy, I will have to try these. We just moved to Shreveport, maybe we will make a trip and try these pies out in Natchitoches.

  169. Nak-a-tesh…. huh. I never would have thought it was pronounced that way, and I have definitely wondered. Thanks for clearing that up!

    (also – I would love to win that chopper!)

  170. That looks so yummy! I will definatly be making these during the holiday break! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  171. Now that I am drooling:p
    Tupperware sure has come a long way baby!!
    Thank you for the opprotunity!

  172. i am so glad you posted this! I married a Louisiana boy and now we live down here! We are only 3 hours from Natchitoches but I still haven't been there. Last year he introduced me to meat pies and I admit I was nervous to try them but they were SO GOOD! (he also introduced me to Tony chachere's while we were dating, yum!) I told him about your recipe and now I'm pretty sure he added it to our meal plan this week! haha! Again, thanks so much!

  173. Because you did ramble on about how wonderful this is , it makes me want to try it, so thanks for sharing the enthusiasm, love your blog site, thanks for making food so fun!

  174. I love you site! I tell everyone about it. You guys make cooking way more FUN and enjoyable. Thanks for all you time.

  175. I want one – I would put it to great use – especially since I plan on making the meat pies. They sound good. Thanks

  176. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My mom has always made empanadas with just beef, but now it's time to totally show her up! THANKS KATE!!!

  177. I made these last night and followed the recipe exactly! The 2 Tbsp of Tony's was over the top salty for us. We had to throw it away. I still have stuff to make it again with a lot less seasoning.

  178. these meat pies sound delicious! i love tupperware… have wanted one of these choppers since i saw a demo this past summer!! merry christmas!

  179. I'm new here, found you through Baking Like Betty. This meat pie looks yummy, thanks for sharing and I would love to win this prize. Thanks for the chance.

  180. I am making these right now, they are baking. Just the flavor of the meat filling alone is incredible!

  181. I made these today. The filling has unique, amazing flavor with a zip. I was only able to find Konriko Creole Seasoning. I followed the directions exactly for the meat filling. Next time I would add a little more seasoning as the flavor did mellow when baked. I found that I did not add enough water to the dough. It definitely needs to be feel moist but not be sticky in order to roll it out. I enjoyed them with a little sour cream for dipping. Everyone loved them…even my fussiest eater.

  182. I'm a Natchitoches girl, born and bred, and we really do LOVE our meat pies! I always keep a stash in the freezer. Anytime I get homesick, I fix a big plate of meatpies and turn on Steel Magnolias (it was filmed in Natchitoches, written by a Natchitoches man, about a Natchitoches family, and I have tons of friends and family in the movie!).

    I LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~J

    P.S. Cracklins are fried pork fat and skin. They're yummy!
    Chitlins (chitterlings) are cooked pig's intestines. They're gross!

  183. These were DE <3 LISH <3 OUS!!!!!!!!!!! I made them up and they were so easy! And turned out SUPER yummy!!!!! Thank you for always coming up with such great recipes!!!! Our whole family LOVES your site and whenever we need to bring something for a church thing or a friends dinner party, your the first place we turn. You never fail to have yummy recipes that ALWAYS impress!!!!! Plus I <3 your crafts! I have made a lot of the kid friendly ones with my son and he LOVES em!!! You ladies ROCK! Thanks for the NUMS haha :o)

  184. Born and raise in Louisiana. Natchitoches is beautiful. It was where the movie “Steel Magnolias” was set and filmed. The Christmas Festival in the movie happens each year. My hubby and I attended when we were dating. My mom did make something like this. It also reminds me a bit of the pasties you get in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  185. Anybody think these could be cooked on the grill? Maybe wrapped in foil and then peel back the foil to eat? I’m trying to come up with things that I could make ahead of time, freeze and then bring camping. These look like they would be great as long as they wouldn’t fall apart on the grill/ in the foil.

  186. OK…my sister (in Provo Utah, where I’m originally from) just told me about your blog today! I currently live in Lafayette, LA! Can’t wait to make these pies. Yummm. I laughed when you said “A complete stranger” gave your dad a taste. I’m sure you have learned that in Louisiana “you’ll never meet a stranger”! I would never live anywhere else but the South! Hospitality and random acts of kindness rule! You would love a book called “What Southern Women Know About Faith”. It’s the best read! Thank you ladies!

  187. These were so good I doubled it and froze the rest for later. My hubby likes to slather them in ketchup, I think they taste good dipped in warm cheez whiz.

  188. this has become a re-ocurring meal at my house. Although with 3 little kids I tend to use less of the veggies. I still use some. I try to chop them small. Hubby and I both like ours with brown gravy. The kids usually just pick them up and eat. Although, sadly it’s hit and miss on how well they eat them. but that is just kids being kids at the end of the day. They always eat the best at breakfast then it’s down hill from there.

  189. I know it’s been a while since you posted this recipe…have you ever tried adding cheese in these? Maybe something like manchego? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it would effect the pies.

    1. I’ve never tried it, just because I’m pretty sure it would be an abomination against Natchitoches meat pies. 🙂 But it could be very tasty–you could always give it a shot and let us know how it goes! 🙂

  190. So, this recipe amused me… apparently the South spices things up and calls them meat pies, while the North stays away from the spice and calls them pasties (Pass-tee). They’re basically made in exactly the same way and are even shaped the same. The only difference is that pasties don’t include tobasco or Creole seasoning. 🙂 They do look delicious no matter which way you look at them and now that you’ve given me this, it’s a perfect jumping board to recreate pasties for my husband.

  191. I’m cooking the meat mixture up today with some deer meat from this season and WOW!! does it smell heavenly! Can’t wait to eat the finished product.

  192. I just came across this post and had to laugh about Nack-it-esh. We moved a few years ago to East Texas and one of the girls in the ward was from Natchitoches and I was quite surprised at the difference between her pronunciation and the spelling I saw on the map!

  193. I was born and raised in Natchitoches. I have never had a BAKED meat pie – we always FRIED them, but then we FRIED everything! I know yours would be much healthier, and I will try them. I live in Austin now, but still go back a couple times of year to visit kinfolk:-)

    1. How funny! Yeah, every time I eat one in Natchitoches, it’s fried. I love ’em both ways, but the baked ones are surprisingly awesome–in fact, I think I may prefer them that way (is that blasphemous?) I’ve found when they’re baked, you taste less of the fried flavor and more of the meat. Also, I think the crust is flakier when it’s baked.

  194. Really, really good!! I was stationed in Louisanna (first duty assignment) and fell in love with the food there. When I made these I served them with red beans and rice. Thanks

  195. Do you think I could use chicken broth in place of the beef broth? If so, much much? 1 cup or so? Please answer 🙂 Thank you!

  196. These are so delicious. I made it for my little family of 3 on a cold rainy day & our toddler loved it. Thanks for the great addition.

  197. I made these today. My sons want to grow up and marry them. They were delicious, and I was smart enough to make a double batch for school lunches next week.

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