Primula Surprise Mince Pies...

Christmas is all about spreading joy; so why not give your loved ones a little surprise this year with real mince pies, loaded with spicy minced beef and a surprise cheesy centre.

Cooking: 18-20 minutes


  • 1 tube of Primula Original Cheese
  • 500g ready-rolled short crust pastry
  • 150g minced beef
  • 4-5 chopped sundried tomatoes
  • ½ diced onion
  • ½ pint beef stock
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2tbsps tomato puree
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp corn flour
  • ½tsp sugar
  • 1tsp olive oil

  • Preheat the oven to 180oC. 
  • Roll out pastry large enough to cut out 10 discs to line the mini muffin tin moulds and 10 smaller discs for lids. 
  • Brush the tin moulds with a little oil.
  • In a frying pan, fry the mince with about ½ teaspoon of oil. 
  • Add the crushed garlic and onions and cook. 
  • When the mince is brown add sundried tomatoes, tomato puree and the stock.
  • Add the cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika and sugar and simmer for about 10 minutes so that the liquid reduces. 
  • Add the corn flour and mix thoroughly. 
  • Season to taste.
  • In the bottom of each of the pie bases spoon a layer of mince into each and squeeze a layer of Primula Original Cheese on top. 
  • Leave enough space to fit the pastry lid.
  • Brush the rim of the pie with milk and place the lid on top. 
  • Pinch around the rim to seal the lid and then make a small hole in the top to allow steam to escape.
  • Brush the top with some milk.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. 
  • Take out of the oven when the pastry is a nice golden brown. 
  • Enjoy piping hot from the oven or cool for a chilled treat.

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