Funky Food Friday: Swedish Meat Pie – Köttfärspaj

Meat Pie is always great for dinner parties and even holiday get-togethers. If you are in a rush, you could even buy a ready-made  pie crust or dough, but I would recommend making it from scratch. This recipe was given to me by my partner’s grandmother, after I enjoyed it many times at her place, and I am excited to share it with you!

Swedish Meat Pie – Köttfärspaj

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 50 g (3 – 4 Tsp) butter, softened
  • 400 ml (1 and 3/4 cups) flour
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Pie Filling:

  • 500 g (approx. 1 lb) ground meat (I usually use extra lean ground beef, but a mix of ground beef, pork and veal can also be used)
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped (original recipe: 2 cloves of garlic)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika powder (added by me)

Topping:

  • 300 ml (1 and 1/5 cup) creme fraiche (original recipe: 500 ml)
  • 5 Tsp mayonnaise
  • 400-500 ml / approx. 2 cups shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Start with making the pie crust: Pre-heat oven to 200°C/395°F. Mix all ingredients and knead until it becomes a smooth dough ball. Press into a greased pie form. IMPORTANT: prick the unbaked crust a few times with a fork, otherwise it will form air bubbles.

    No need to pre-bake the crust – just add filling and topping and bake it all together.

  2. Filling: Slowly fry chopped onions and garlic in a frying pan on medium heat until translucent. Turn up the heat and add the ground meat. Add salt, pepper and paprika powder to your liking (I use lots of  paprika for flavour and colour). Fry until cooked thoroughly. Let filling cool down a little bit, while making the topping.
  3. Topping: Mix creme fraiche, mayonnaise and shredded cheese.
  4. Put meat filling into the unbaked pie crust.

    You can also add wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, to the meat filling.

  5. Spread the topping mixture evenly over the meat.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top turns to a nice, golden brown. Let it cool for ten minutes (otherwise the cheesy topping will be runny), before serving it with a side salad.

This is one of my favourite dishes to make for friends and get-togethers, as it can easily be prepared ahead of time. Just put it into the oven, when the first guests arrive, and while sipping on some martinis or a glass of wine, along with some appetizers. It will be ready to eat, when you are starting to get hungry. It also freezes well, and if cut into individual portions, makes a great lunch dish.

Leave a comment and let me know if you liked this recipe!

Posted on by Susan Posted in Dinner, Funky Food Friday, Recipes

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