How to Make the Most Delicious Mini Scottish Meat Pie

Mmm… pies. They’re delicious, versatile, and full of goodness. They come in sweet or savory; fruit or meat pies. And this recipe is one of the most amazing meat pies of all – made mini sized! These mini Scottish meat pies are so much fun to make. They’re a great variation on these Scottish meat pies and Scotch recipes.

And my kids like that they’re muffin-sized so that they can each have their own – or two or three! Plus, they’re filling, simple, and flexible. All qualities that are amazing in a meal, right? So let’s make this traditional Scottish recipe of mini Scotch meat pies, shall we?

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Mini Scottish Meat Pies

While my ancestors probably didn’t have Worcestershire sauce in their fridge, it adds a nice flavor to the meat pies. If you want to go all-authentic on these pies, you can leave it out. But they’re much better with it in!

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Yield: 12 pies

Scottish Mini Meat Pies

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These delicious, individual-sized servings of traditional Scottish meat pies are perfect for learning about your Scottish heritage or just any time you need a taste of home.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Meat Pie Filling:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or lamb*
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pie Crust:

  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter


To Make the Minced Meat Filling:

  1. Cook ground beef or minced meat in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once the beef begins to brown, add onion and garlic.
  3. When onions are translucent, stir in flour to coat the meat.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.

To Make the Crust:

  1. Pour flour into a bowl and make a well in the center. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, bring water, butter, and salt to a boil.
  3. Pour water and butter mixture into the well of the flour and stir with a spoon until mixture is cool enough to touch.
  4. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead well.
  5. Flatten dough, then roll out to ¼ inch thickness.
  6. Using round dough cutters, cut circles large enough to fit inside a muffin tin.
  7. Cut smaller pieces to fit on top.

To Assemble the Pies:

  1. Grease a muffin tin and place larger circles of pie dough in each muffin cup. Form to fit the muffin tin.
  2. Pour filling into each mini pie.
  3. Top with a smaller dough circle.
  4. Bake in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes (or until dough is golden brown).


More traditional Scottish meat pies use ground lamb - however, finding ground lamb in Utah is amazingly difficult. So I went with ground beef because a meat pie is better than no meat pie!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 61mgSodium 238mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 17g

Bon Appetit! Enjoy Your Mini Meat Pies

Whether you eat them right out of the muffin tin or serve them with a side of veggies, they’re delicious. Just remember that they’re super hot, so give them a few minutes to cool or you’ll burn your tongue as I did!

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Cite this article as: “How to Make the Most Delicious Mini Scottish Meat Pie.” Kimberly C. Starr, 1 February 2019,

By Kimberly C. Starr

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