Greek Hand Pies

A savory hand pie that starts with a pre made crust and is stuffed

with pungent Greek flavor!

A savory hand pie filled with ground beef, veggies and Greek seasoning. www.lemonsforlulu.com

Know what I hate?  I hate when I’m watching a movie or a show and someone jumps out of a car or runs out of a house and leaves the door wide open.  I will sit there and obsess over that open door for ages.  Seriously, it bugs me!  How hard is it to write into the script “shut door”.  That’s what we do in real life.  We shut doors!

Greek flavored hand pies that start with a pre made crust! www.lemonsforlulu.com

And if there’s a clock in the background?  Forget it!  I can’t stop looking at it and wondering whether the time was set to that particular hour for a reason?  Does the clock even work?  It drives me nuts!  Yes, devil is in the details isn’t it?

A savory hand pie filled with Greek flavored ground beef.  Simple to put together as it starts with a pre made crust! www.lemonsforlulu.com

My daughter was watching Caillou today.  I’m not a big fan of Caillou.  But what I get hung up on every time the show comes on is his head.   He’s a 4-year-old boy, yet he has no hair?  His two-year old sister has a full head of red hair, yet Caillou hasn’t one little wisp.  What’s that all about?  I find myself obsessing over his head every time.   It really gets to me.  Clearly I have a habit of over thinking things.  My 4 year old doesn’t care whether Caillou  has a thick head of hair or not so why should I?

Not all pies are sweet!  This Greek flavored, savory hand pie is simple to throw together!   www.lemonsforlulu.com

I might come off as a detail oriented person, but I’m not.  I wish I were.  If I really did focus on the details all the time, then my Greek hand pies might be perfect crescents with edges perfectly pressed.  But that’s the beauty of hand pies isn’t it?  They are meant to be imperfect as they are formed by your hands!  These might look a little amorphous, but they taste sublime!  I  used a pre made crust to keep it quick and simple then filled the crust with ground beef that was infused with Greek seasoning.

You must serve these hand pies with a tzatziki dipping sauce!  It’s smooth, creamy and cool; the perfect accompaniment to these savory pies!

After these hand pies made their debut at the dinner table, the only detail I could focus on was the crumbs on the empty plates!

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Greek Hand Pies

Greek Hand Pies

Ingredients

    For The Pie
  • 2 14.1 oz boxes Pillsbury Pie Crusts
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup finely diced zucchini
  • ¼ cup chopped black olives
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Greek Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg lightly beaten with a splash of water.
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt such as Chobani
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon finely grated cucumber, peeled and seeded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef stir in garlic and Greek seasoning and salt. Add zucchini and olives and continue cooking until zucchini just starts to soften. Remove from heat.
  3. Roll out each piecrust and cut in half. Spoon a generous amount of filing onto one half of each pie crust half. Top with about a tablespoon of feta cheese. Fold dough over filling and crimp edges with a fork or pinch with your fingers. Place on a baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the pie dough and filling. Brush each pie with egg wash.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove. Serve with Tzatziki sauce.
  5. For the sauce,
  6. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Makes 8 pies
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21 Responses

  1. Haha details are killing ya! I would never notice that stuff…too funny! These sound amazing!

    • Thanks Julie! Maybe I’m just weird.

  2. lovebakesgoodcakes

    These sound great, Tanya! I love Greek food – and I love how easy this is. Pinned it :)

    • Thank you Jamie, these were a hit with the family!

  3. I love handpies … sweet & savory! These look tasty :)

  4. OMG. I am always going to notice that now about movies. haha. too funny.

    These pies look awesome. I love greek food. Pinned!!!

  5. You are cracking me up. I never thought about the door! Unless there is a dog. And then I think, “shut the dang door! The dog is gonna get out! Gah.”
    I freaking love these hand pies. Totally brilliant. Makes me wish I could find lamb somewhere. But ground beef and oregano and TZATZIKI !!!! will do the trick!

  6. Hand pies are the best! Those look so tasty – my guys are gonna like these. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. cookingwithcurls

    lol, I do the same thing while watching movies and TV shows. I have even noticed when someone’s shoes are different, in different scenes! Or hairstyles from one shot to the next. If I can notice it, why can’t the person that is doing the editing notice it!! Oh well….those hand pies look and sound amazing. I will have to buy some Greek seasoning when I am in CA next month and bring it back with me. :)

    • It’s a terrible habit Lisa, I have to just focus on the story line and not the details! Thanks Lisa!

  8. Marnie

    These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing this one.

  9. Tanya, I’ve never made anything like this and they sound absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and I really want to try these! Pinning! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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