Savory Fried pies are a common street food sold in Ghana that are usually stuffed with a variety of fillings with options including beef, chicken, fish and even noodles! For mother's day brunch, I elevated these delicious handy savory homemade fried pies to tasty new heights by stuffing them with crawfish and crabs!
Cuisine: Ghanaian, West African
½ lbcrawfish meat(fresh or frozen)
½ lbcrab meat
½ large onion (chopped)
1green bell pepper(chopped)
celery salt(to taste)
305gramsall purpose flour(about 2 cups)
3tbspsoftened unsalted butter
Making the Pie filling
In a wide saucepan, on low -medium heat, sauté the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno peppers in the coconut oil till the onions turn translucent and the peppers soften.
Add in the 2 tbsps of flour and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes until the color of the flour turns light brown
Add the crawfish and crab meat in the pan with 3 tbsp of water and allow to cook for another 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with celery salt if necessary, take of the heat and allow to cool completely before stuffing the pie dough.
Making the pie dough
While the pie mixture is cooling, in a bowl, combine the 305g flour, baking powder sugar and salt.
Rub the butter in with the flour mixture and gradually add in water a little at a time, kneading after each addition until a soft pliable dough is formed. The dough should not be too hard or too sticky.
Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes before using
Making the Pies
Cut the rested dough into 12 even pieces. Taking one piece of dough at a time, roll it out into a circle and place about 2 tablespoons of the filling on half the dough circle. Use the other half to cover the filling and seal the edges of the dough by crimping with a fork. To ensure a secure seal, brush the edges of the dough circle with water before close and sealing.
In a pan or fryer heat up enough oil (to 350 degrees Fahrenheit) to fry the pies.
Place the pies in the hot oil gently (do not over crowd the fry pan or fryer), and fry each pie until it is golden brown on each side.
Drain the fried pies and allow them to cool for at least 5 minutes before frying.
Ghanaian Savory Homemade Fried Pies (Seafood Stuffed) as retrieved from yummymedley.com