Beef & Potato Galette or Hand Pies

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A hearty dish with meat and potatoes used to fill a galette or hand pies!

Beef and Potato Hand Pies - The Foodie Affair

I’ve been thinking about making a beef & potato pie with a pastry dough for awhile, but I couldn’t decide if I should make a galette or hand pies. Both are hearty and look somewhat rustic. You know, kind of like what Ma would cook for her cowboy after a hard day on the ranch! That’s what I’m imagining anyway….my cowboy (aka, Professor Shaffer), chowing down on some meat and potato pies! haha.

Go with me, ok?

Beef and Potato Hand Pies - The Foodie Affair

Cooking this meal mid week was probably a little ambitious of me because by the time I got home from work, and then cooked the filling, our stomaches were making super loud feed me noises. Then the worst thing happened, the bag of tortilla chips reserved for the Super Bowl gathering was taunting us.

My hubby had a few, but I forced myself to spare the chips, which means the pastry dough didn’t happen, and I improvised by putting the filling into flour tortillas! So not what I envisioned serving the ranchers 😉

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My hubby was perfectly happy eating burritos, and we had a homemade meal before 7:00 pm, but I still wanted to make some meat pies! I went ahead and gave it another go…mid-crazy-week, again! But this time, I had a late lunch, so I wasn’t starving, and my hubby poured me a cold beer that seemed to help me multi task a little quicker! I happily sipped on my beer while chopping, mixing, and cooking everything together!

The whole meal is actually very easy to make. You just need to be patient and let the dough chill before rolling it into the crust; in the meantime, you can prepare the filling and drink the rest of your beer or open another!

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You can make this with pre-made pie crusts or phyllo, but I REALLY suggest you make the crust. It’s sooooo tasty, and definitely worth waiting for!

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How cute would these hand pies be tucked into a lunch bag on Valentine’s Day?


You know everyone will be envious of a lunch with meat and potato hand pies, especially if you add a dessert! How about sticking with the pie theme and make these individual apple pies from The Love Nerds?!!


Beef and Potato Hand Pies - The Foodie Affair

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Beef & Potato Galette and Hand Pies

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Serves 4     adjust servings


  • Pastry for 1 pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg, whisked (wash optional)


  • 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive)
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, diced
  • 2 cups cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon A-1 steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. For Pastry: Pastry dough will make one galette or 4 hand pies.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups, level with a knife. Combine flour together with the salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture forms into small course pebbles.
  4. Combine sour cream and juice in a small bowl, them add it to the flour mixture. Sprinkle surface with 1 tablespoon of ice water; toss with a fork until moist and crumbly. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons of ice water.
  5. Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap, cover and chill for 15 minutes.
  6. For hand pies, see assembly directions below.
  7. For galette:
  8. Place two sheets of plastic wrap (overlapping each other) on a flat surface. Remove the chilled dough from the plastic and place on prepared plastic wrap. Cover dough with an additional two sheets of plastic wrap. Roll dough (between the plastic wrap) into a 13-inch circle. Place dough in the freezer for approximately 5-7 minutes or until the wrap peels off easily. See directions for assembly (below).
  9. For Filling:
  10. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion and diced potato. Cook for approximately 7 minutes. The potatoes should begin to soften. Add beef, and cook for about 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, steak sauce, thyme, and water. Mix together, and then fold in cabbage. Cover dish and simmer until cabbage wilts (approximately 5 minutes). Add salt and pepper for taste.
  11. Assemble:
  12. Hand Pies: You will need two pie crusts.
  13. On a lightly floured surface divide dough into 4 equal portions, and roll into circles or triangles (or follow directions for galette, placing dough between plastic wrap before rolling). Place on prepared baking sheet and fill one side of the dough with meat and potatoes (about ⅓ cup each). Fold dough over the meat and crimp the edges together with a fork. Brush pastry with egg (optional). Cut a small vent in each piece, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  14. For galette:
  15. Place 13 inch round dough on prepared baking sheet and fill the center with cooked meat and potatoes, leaving 2 inches of the edge of the dough unfilled. Fold dough edges on top of the meat. Brush dough with egg (optional), and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.



Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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27 Comments on Beef & Potato Galette or Hand Pies

  1. avatar
    February 9, 2014

    I think I could feed my inner cowboy one of these and I’m sure I’d be saying things like ‘howdy pardner’ and ‘rustle me up a beer to go with this’ in no time at all.

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      Sandra says:
      February 9, 2014

      The duo is quite tasty together 🙂

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    February 9, 2014

    My boys have been begging for meat and potato pies but I kept telling them know as I did not want to make a whole pie. I love your idea for the little individual pies. Just like they used to do in the olden days on their way by horse and carriage. Happy Valentines Day!

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 9, 2014

      Your growing boys will devour these! <3

  3. avatar
    February 9, 2014

    These look so delicious! I think my family will love them (and me when I make them). Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 9, 2014

      Thank you, Laurie! Enjoy 🙂

  4. avatar
    February 9, 2014

    Hi Sandra! I found you through Maureen at Orgasmic Chef and I’m glad I did! I love savory pies. And these hand pies are so lovely. I like that they are “portable”, too. This is just the kind of thing I love to bring for my lunch at work! I love meat and potatoes, and adding cabbage makes it even better! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 9, 2014

      Anne! Thank you for coming by! I love learning about new sites too. I’ll be sure to check yours out too 🙂 Yes, these are super for lunch!

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 10, 2014

      Thanks, Serena! I would eat it burrito style again 🙂

  5. avatar
    Liz says:
    February 10, 2014

    Your crust recipe looks wonderful! And these hand pies would make my hubby VERY happy! Great recipe 🙂

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 10, 2014

      Hi Liz! My favorite part is the homemade crust. Looks laborious, but it was super easy to make!

  6. avatar
    February 11, 2014

    Great idea and I love your filling. You have convinced me to make home make crust.

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 11, 2014

      Homemade crust is the best tasting crust!!

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 12, 2014

      There is something about a meat and potato dish that is so comforting 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day, Karen!

  7. avatar
    Adri says:
    February 12, 2014

    Beautiful! And how tempting!

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      Sandra says:
      February 13, 2014

      Thank you, Ardi 🙂

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    Raquel says:
    February 16, 2014

    Definately want to try this. Might cheat an use a premade pie crust from the freezer or we wont be eating till almost 8:00 by the time i get off from work.

    • avatar
      Sandra says:
      February 18, 2014

      I hear you! No problem with using a pre made crust 🙂

  9. avatar
    April 10, 2014

    G’day! I LOVE rustic Sandra! These look terrific and wish I could come through he screen and try!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    Jenni says:
    September 21, 2014

    tried your hand pies out twice this week, first time I think I made the pastry a bit too thick, second time perfect. Really tasty, I made a huge pile of them and they all went so quickly, no complaints and so much better than rubbish from the fast food places.

    • avatar
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks for letting me know you tried this recipe! Isn’t it amazing how tasty food is using simple ingredients? I’m thrilled the hand pie were a hit!

  11. avatar
    Kelly A. says:
    August 20, 2017

    Any thoughts on adding some cheddar cheese to the filling?

    I’m doing prep to make them right now, and I usually follow the recipe exactly the first time to see how the author meant it to turn out, then make any alterations I need for my family.

    I anticipate this will turn out a treat. Thanks!

    • avatar
      August 21, 2017

      I hope you gave it a try. The addition of cheese would be tasty I bet.

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