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Middle Eastern Mince Pie

Winter calls for hearty and warm meals, like this Middle Eastern inspired pie. Lightly spiced, this dish is packed full of flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cracked bulghur wheat
  • 600 g beef or lamb mince
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts, or substitute chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 tspn ground cumin, optional
  • 1/2 cup Nerada Black Tea
  • 2 tblspn honey, warmed

Method:

  1. Rinse the cracked wheat, and stand for 30 minutes to swell and soften. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (moderate), and brown nuts on a tin for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix together the wheat, mince, onion, spices and Nerada Black Tea.
  3. Grease a slab tin or small lasagne dish, spread 1/2 the meat mixture over it, and top with half of the nuts. Top with remaining meat mixture, flatten down a bit and cut into 7.5 cm (3″) squares. Brush with warmed honey and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle over remaining nuts and bake a further 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm, with a salad or some fresh spinach.

Serves 6

Image Source: NYT Cooking