These easy meat pies are full of flavor and make a delicious change of pace for a week night dinner.
Every year I used to take my dad to Florida to visit his sister Margo, who just happened to be a fabulous cook. Everything she made was delicious but especially her Lebanese dishes. And while I would never try to imitate one of her Lebanese dishes, I do feel comfortable making these easy meat pies. This is something she made for a quick dinner one night and she called them Armenian meat pies. I don’t know if technically they are Armenian, but I do know my version can be called an easy meat pie. As I recall, Aunt Margo had used a flour tortilla (it was a long time ago) but I decided to use naan bread. Either way you make it, it’s a delicious snack or meal.
I love using naan bread to make pizza and flatbreads. It’s the perfect texture for meat pies too. A few weeks ago I made this Peach & Basil Flatbread and last year this Asiago, Sausage & Peppers Flatbread. One of the reasons for my obsession with flatbreads is that naan bread is readily available at Aldi and Costco and I shop there often.
Recently I did try to make my mom’s meat pies from a handwritten recipe. Her meat pies were soooo good but are a little involved. Lets just say they didn’t work out and until I can perfect her dough, I’m going to take the easy route and use naan bread. (If I do perfect it, I will definitely post it.)
So to make this recipe you use a lean ground beef, cinnamon, onion, tomato paste and parsley to make the meat mixture. I used a grass fed beef I got at Aldi so it was already a fine grind. But if you are using everyday ground meat with a courser grind, put the meat along with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor first to make it a bit pasty. If you use a fine grind, still process the onions and parsley and then mix everything together. Once you have your meat mixture made, spread it around the naan bread and bake for about 10 minutes.
Easy Meat Pies
And that is all there is to it. It is really tasty I’m telling you. There is something about both the tomato paste and cinnamon that give the meat a bit of sweetness that coupled with the chewy naan bread make a winning combination.
I hope you like this flatbread recipe using naan bread. It’s great for those throw together meals on busy days. If you have any questions or comments please drop me a line below. Enjoy!
Easy Meat Pies
- l lb lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 oz tomato paste half of a regular 6oz can
- 1 onion
- 1 cup parsley
- 4 naan bread more or less depending on size
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor add your parsley and onion and pulse until it's a fine mince.
If using a course grind ground beef, add it to the food processor for a few pulses to mix with the parsley and onions.
Add that meat to a bowl along with the spices and tomato paste (and minced onion and parsley if you had not already added it to the meat).
Mix well with hands.
Take some of the meat mixture and spread over naan bread using your hands to smooth and even it out.
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Also spray the outer crust with cooking spray and place the meat pies on the cookie sheet.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until meat is brown and cooked.