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Barbecue Pasties

These petite hand pies boast big flavor thanks to a tangy barbecue pork filling and sharp cheddar cheese.

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Yields: 12 pasties
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins to 25 mins 375°F

Barbecue Pasties

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare Pastry for Double-Crust Pie. Divide dough into two portions. On a lightly floured surface use your hands to slightly flatten one pastry portion. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle 13 1/2 to 14 inches in diameter. Cut five 5-inch circles. Reroll scraps to cut a sixth circle. Repeat with remaining dough half for a total of twelve 5-inch circles.
  2. For filling, in a medium skillet cook sweet pepper and onion in hot oil over medium heat about 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in pork and the 1/2 cup barbecue sauce.
  3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture onto half of each pastry circle. Top with a rounded tablespoon shredded cheese. Lightly moisten edge of pastry with milk. Fold other half of pastry over filling. Seal edges by crimping with a fork. Cut slits into pastry to allow steam to escape. Brush pasties with a little additional milk. Place on an ungreased extra-large baking sheet (or on 2 medium baking sheets).
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on wire racks. Serve warm with additional barbecue sauce and/or sweet-hot mustard for dipping.

From the Test Kitchen

*Note:

To save time, use one 15-ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2) instead of the homemade pastry. Let stand according to package directions. Roll and cut as directed.

Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea-size.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together. Divide pastry in half; form halves into balls.
  3. On lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten one pastry ball. Roll it from center to edge into a 12-inch circle.
  4. Wrap pastry circle around rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it. Transfer desired filling to pastry-lined pie plate. Trim pastry even with rim of pie plate.
  5. Roll remaining ball into a 12-inch circle. Using a sharp knife, cut slits in pastry. Place pastry circle on filling; trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate. Fold top pastry under bottom pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Bake as directed in recipes.

From the Test Kitchen

Nut Pastry:

Prepare as above, except substitute 1/4 cup ground, toasted pecans or almonds for 1/4 cup of the flour.

Pastry for Lattice-Top Pie:

Prepare as above, except trim bottom pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Roll out remaining pastry and cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Transfer desired filling to pastry-lined pie plate. Weave strips over filling in a lattice pattern, twisting strips, if desired. Press strip ends into bottom pastry rim. Fold bottom pastry over strip ends; seal and crimp edge. Bake as directed in recipes.

Quick Lattice-Top:

Prepare Pastry for Lattice-Top Pie as above, except instead of weaving strips over filling, lay half of the pastry strips on filling at 1-inch intervals. Give pie a quarter turn; arrange remaining strips perpendicular to the first half of strips on filling.

Nutrition Facts (Barbecue Pasties)

    Per serving:
  • 348 kcal cal.,
  • 20 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 38 mg chol.,
  • 586 mg sodium,
  • 31 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 8 g sugar,
  • 11 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Nutrition Facts

(Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie)
    Per serving:
  • 303 kcal cal.,
  • 18 g fat
  • (7 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 15 mg chol.,
  • 333 mg sodium,
  • 30 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 0 g sugar,
  • 4 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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