Ghana Meat Pie Recipe: How to make Ghana Meat Pie

Ghana Meat Pie Recipe.

How to Make Ghana Meat Pie

Ghana Meat Pie Recipe

Meat Pie is a West African street food pastry, that is stuffed with meat. It can served as an appetizer at restaurants, parties, etc.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 275 kcal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Really Cold Water
  • 1 Large Egg For quoting

Meat Pie Filling

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey You can substitute it with ground beef, chicken breast or tuna
  • 1/2 Bulb Onion
  • 1 Tsp Cajun Seasoning You can substitute it Adobo seasoning or seasoned salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Fresh Tomato

Instructions

Crust

  1. Combine the crust ingredients: your flour, butter, salt and water in a large bowl

  2. mix and knead it until a dough forms

  3. Set aside in a freezer for 10 minutes

Filling

  1. Pour oil in a frying pan and put it on medium heat

  2. Add the meat and seasoning let it cook for 10 minutes

  3. Add your onions to meat and let it cook for another 5 minutes

  4. Add chopped tomato and let it simmer for 5 minutes

  5. After the filling is done, lightly flour a surface and roll the dough with a rolling pin. Cut a piece of the dough into a square or circle, you can choose to make it large or small. Add some meat to each pie and fold in half and seal it. Use a fork to seal the edges so the meat does not fall out.

    Pre-Baked Meat Pie

Recipe Notes

Yummy Meat Pie
Meat pie after they come out of the oven.

 

 

Wow your guests with this beginner-friendly meat pie recipe from Ghana!

Meat pie is a popular West African pastry which is stuffed with meat. It is very similar to empanadas from Latin American countries.

People from the Carribean Islands also have their version regularly called patties.

You can buy meat pie from many street vendors in West African cities as a quick snack or for lunch especially for busy individuals. Meat pie brings back so many great memories.

Another good thing about meat pie is that they’re super easy to make.

I love to make them because my wife absolutely loves them and I know it always puts a smile on her face.

I remember just before we got married we a mini-fight which was my fault.

So I apologized and bought her some really delicious meat pie.

When we were growing up, my Mom would make it for special occasions like birthday celebrations, marriage ceremonies, Christmas and other holidays.

It did not matter how many meat pies she made, they were always all gone by the same day. This was always a bummer the next day when we realized we had no more meat pies to eat.

And the times when we did not get to eat meat pies at home we would go over to our neighbors’ house because their Mom was a baker. She made meat pies once a week. And if we found ourselves there at the right time we would get a piece or two. Try making this delicious recipe for your guests to switch things around.

If you try this meat pie recipe and end up with delicious pies, don’t blame me! Make sure to pair it with Sobolo for extra effect.

You can get good unbleached flour from Amazon.

PEANUT BUTTER SOUP

Groundnut Soup
Chicken Peanut Butter Soup

 

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PEANUT BUTTER SOUP

Peanut butter soup or Groundnut soup is a soup made from peanuts and other ingredients. It is a staple African cuisine and also eaten in some parts of Asia.

Course Main Course
Cuisine West African
Keyword Peanut Butter Soup
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 1625 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Chicken, Goat meat, beef, fish, lamb
  • 1 Bulb Large Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Salt Salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 3 Habanero Peppers Depends on your tolerance
  • 1/4 Pound Garlic
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger
  • 10 Cups Water Depends on how light or thick you want it. Bear in mind it will thicken overnight.
  • 4 Fresh Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups peanut butter preferably the old fashioned brand

Instructions

Steaming your chicken

  1. On medium heat put your chicken in a big saucepan and add 2 cups of water with salt, 1/2 of the onions and the seasoned salt and let it simmer for about 10 minutes

Blending ingredients

  1. In blender add the other half of the onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and 2 more cups of water and blend the ingredients till its smooth

Peanut Butter Soup

  1. Pour the tomato blend mix of the simmering chicken and spices and let it boil for another 10 minutes.

  2. Pour the peanut butter with about 3-4 cups of water in a blender / food processor and let it blend   till its nice and smooth

  3.  Pour the peanut butter mix over the chicken and the other ingredients and let boil for another 30 - 45 minutes. Now you can enjoy your world famous peanut butter soup!

Recipe Notes

I have been doing a lot of cooking during this self-isolation season and I realized how fulfilled I feel. I haven't made a lot of time to cook in the last few months and I didn't realize how much I missed it. This soup brought back a lot of childhood memories.

  My Mom made the world's best Groundnut soup, and we would have this soup once in every two weeks and trust me it was to live for! We ate Peanut butter soup with Fufu or Omo Tuo (Rice Balls), I don't think there was ever a fight on those weekends because all five of us kids were happy campers. The left-overs will be eaten with Gari, a West African meal that is bagged or packaged and can be eaten with almost everything and its a good add on to Waakye.  You can find the original post on https://www.theschizochef.com/.

If you ever try it let me know, trust me you'll thank me forever!

KYINKYINGA – (Beef Khebab)

 

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Kyinkyinga

Is a Ghanaian local name given to Kebab, which is also a popular street food in Ghana, Nigeria and other West African countries. In Nigeria it is called Suya kebab which is slightly different.

Kyinkyinga is served in most restaurants in Ghana and sold in almost every corner.

I remember when we were kids my dad will take 3 of us kids to this popular Bar / Restaurant in town where will get some delicious Kebabs. And those were some precious child memories for me. 

Check out the Kebab video below!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Keyword Kebab, Kyinkyinga
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 People

Ingredients

Kyinkyinga Powder

  • 1 Cup Ground Peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper

Beef on Skewers

  • 5 Pounds Diced Beef
  • 1/2 Bulb Onion
  • Oil
  • Skewers
  • 1/4 Bell Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix all your spices together to make the great Kyinkyinga powder.

    Suya Powder
  2. Dip a cooking brush in oil and quote your beef on skewers with oil

  3.  Generously rub your kyinkyinga powder mix on the meat and place them on a baking dish

  4. Place the baking  dish of kebabs in a 350 degree Fahrenheit pre-heated conventional oven. Bake it for about 20 minutes and your best ever beef kebabs will be ready to be devoured!

    Suya

Recipe Notes

Suya
Kyinkyinga

Sweet Potato Balls

Sweet Potato Balls
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Sweet Potato Balls

Sweet Potato Balls is mashed Sweet Potatoes mixed with other spices and veggies and formed into balls and fried. When I was growing my Mom will make these on special occasions like Christmas, Easter, birthdays and other special occasions2 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Keyword Sweet Potato Balls
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Carne Asada Seaoning you can use seasoned salt, Adobo all purpose seasoning, cajun seasoning, etc.
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups Bread Crumbs Save the half cup for quoting the balls after forming them

Instructions

  1. Boil your sweet potatoes for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and mash them till their no more lumps
  3. Chop up the onions, carrots and jalapeno and add it to the potato mix
  4. Add your spices,eggs and 1 cup of the bread crumbs
  5. Mix in all the ingredients and with an ice cream scoop, scoop out some of the mix and shape them into balls, quote them with the leftover bread crumbs and deep fry them for 5-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Last week my wife bought some sweet potatoes from the market and on Wednesday I remembered we had them and then the idea came, sweet potato balls. Then I started thinking about the ingredients and had to find out if we had them? We had all the ingredients but bread crumbs. Then I remembered I bought some bread on Monday, so I transformed the old bread into bread crumbs.

Spinach Stew

Spinach
Spinach Stew

Spinach stew is a Ghanaian favorite stew which is usually served with rice, yams and plantains.

It was a favorite of our household and we will have it once a week for lunch right after school. What I didn’t like about it was that I’ll stain my shirts and get myself in trouble. My wife told me when we first met that her favorite food was plantains and spinach stew. So one day I cooked it and  invited her over for lunch. She admitted later that the stew wasn’t that great, but I more than made up for it later :).

The picture above shows plantain and spinach stew with a few slices of avocados.

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Spinach stew

This is a favorite stew of many Ghanaians, which is made out of Spinach, onions, fresh tomatoes, ginger, garlic, oil, salt, habanero peppers, other spices. It served with rice, yams, plantains, etc.

Course Main Course
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 5 People
Author fnonterah2018

Ingredients

  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 4 Habanero Peppers You don't have to use as many.
  • 1 Pound Fresh Spinach
  • 3 Fresh Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Ginger root
  • 1 Tsp Salt Or salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp Canola oil You can use Olive oil too

Instructions

  1. Start off by chopping up the spinach, tomatoes and onions and set aside

  2. Chop up your garlic, ginger and habanero peppers and blend with a little of water.

  3. Pour oil in a pre-heated pan and fry your onions for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add in the blended produce and tomatoes and let cook for another 5 minutes.

  5. Now you can add your spinach, lower the heat to medium and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Because the spinach and tomatoes have a lot of fluid in them and you don't want your stew to soggy. So after about an hour of cooking your world famous spinach stew is ready to be served.

Boflot (Puff-Puff)

 

Boflot (Puff-Puff)
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Boflot

Its a popular West-African street food similar to donuts in other parts of the world. It's called Boflot in Ghana, Puff-Puff in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 CUPS Unbleached Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 2 Cups Lukewarm Water
  • 1 Cup Honey / Sugar I use honey
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Boil two cups of water for a few minutes or until lukewarm and add the salt and a tbsp of honey then add the yeast. Let it sit between 5-10 minutes or until it reacts, it should grow in volume and become foamy.

  2. Pour the the flour in a big bowl and add the nutmeg.
  3.  Mix the flour and the yeast mix together and let it rise for about 45 minutes.
  4. Scoop them up with an ice cream scoop or roll them into a ball shape.
  5. Deep fry them about 5-10 minutes. Time to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Earlier this year I learned how to make one of my favorite snacks growing up in Ghana called Boflot. I remember I used to have it for breakfast with some Koko (Corn porridge). or with a glass of hot chocolate preferably Milo. You can get them when you're downtown Accra and you need a quick snack to stave off your hunger. They can also be eaten as an appetizer before your main course at an African restaurant.

Its also made in Nigeria and Sierra Leone where its called Puff-puff. Its a little similar to donuts and actually there are a few British I know who call it donuts. 



Jollof Rice

 

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Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a highly popular West African rice dish that is made out of rice, tomatoes/ tomato sauce, spices/herbs.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Cup Canola Oil
  • 4 Habanero Peppers You can use fewer or more depending on your tolerance level
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1.5 Cups Cups Tomato Paste You can also use fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cube Cube Bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp Seaoned Salt
  • 5 Cups Basmati Rice
  • 5 Cups Chicken Stock / Broth You can add more if you like your rice softer or stickier
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger Blended
  • 1 Bulb Onion

Instructions

  1. First of all, warm up your oil in a saucepan for five minutes
  2. Add the onions and let it cook for about 5 minutes
  3. Add the blended garlic and ginger
  4. Add the tomato paste and 2 cups of water. Stir for a few minutes until the sauce is nice and smooth and let it simmer for about 15- 20 minutes.
  5. You can now include the Basmati Rice and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Cover the rice mix with a foil wrap with the saucepan lid over it. The foil traps the steam and allows it to cook a well and faster. Stir the mix every 5 - 10 minutes until cooked. Your world famous Jollof rice is ready!

Recipe Notes

Jollof Rice is a very popular West African dish that has sometimes sparked friendly arguments as to who makes the best Jollof Rice. Jollof rice originated from the Wolof, an ethnic group in parts of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania all on the West coast of Africa.
Sometime last week a popular food website posted a very diluted version of Jollof Rice which they claimed was Ghana Jollof which really angered a lot of Ghanaians and other West Africans. But my wife and I agreed that  getting angry wasn't the solution to combat that atrocity 🙂 but rather we needed to create a video showing a better version of Ghana Jollof Rice. So here you are and have a great week!

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Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a highly popular West African rice dish that is made out of rice, tomatoes/ tomato sauce, spices/herbs.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 275 kcal
Author fnonterah2018

Recipe Notes

Jollof Rice is a very popular West African dish that has sometimes sparked friendly arguments as to who makes the best Jollof Rice. Jollof rice originated from the Wolof, an ethnic group in parts of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania all on the West coast of Africa.
Sometime last week a popular food website posted a very diluted version of Jollof Rice which they claimed was Ghana Jollof which really angered a lot of Ghanaians and other West Africans. But my wife and I agreed that  getting angry wasn't the solution to combat that atrocity 🙂 but rather we needed to create a video showing a better version of Ghana Jollof Rice. So here you are and have a great week!



Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

 

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Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Extremely ripe plantains mashed and deep fried into spicy cakes.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author fnonterah2018

Ingredients

  • 5 Ripe Plantains
  • 2 Cups Canola Oil (For deep fry)
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1/2 Pound Ginger Root
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Cut up the ripe plantains into little pieces
  2. Put in a blender together with all the other ingredients and blend until its a smooth puree
  3. With an ice cream scoop, fill up the scoop with the mix; you can also make the balls with your palm
  4. Deep fry them for about 10 minutes or until its like the above shown picture. And your Kaklo is ready to be devoured!

Recipe Notes

This week's recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.
I always looked forward to lunch on Fridays as a kid. Because I knew I was going to be eating either fried plantains or Kaklo with beans stew.

 

Kaklo
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KAKLO (Ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Extremely ripe plantains mashed and deep fried into spicy cakes.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 350 kcal

Recipe Notes

This week's recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.
I always looked forward to lunch on Fridays as a kid. Because I knew I was going to be eating either fried plantains or Kaklo with beans stew.

Shitto (Hot Sauce)

 

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Shitto

A hot and spicy hot sauce made in Ghana, and other part of West Africa. 

Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Powdered Shrimp
  • 1 Pound Powdered Bony Fish Or Anchovies
  • 1 Tbsp Powdered Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Bulb Onions Blended
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger root Blended
  • 1 Cube Maggie
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 14 oz Tomato Paste
  • 3 Habanero Pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by frying the blended onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add your blended ginger and let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add bony fish and shrimp powder and stir in the Maggie cube.
  4. Lower the stove and let it simmer for another 20-30 minutes and add your can of tomato paste.
  5. After about 7 minutes your world famous shitto is ready.

Recipe Notes

I know, the name is quite close to a certain bad word we all know, and actually a British TV network run a story on it in hilarious fashion.  However those who've tasted it know what the deal is, no other hot sauce in the world comes close.

Growing up, Shitto was a delicacy and we had it a few times a year. We would eat it with rice, Waakye, Kenkey, Banku; and can also be used as a dip for fries, spring rolls, dumplings, etc.