Keto meat pie
- ½ ½ yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
- 1 1 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
- 20 oz. 600 g ground beef or ground lamb
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp 1 tbsp dried oregano or dried basil
- 4 tbsp 4 tbsp tomato paste or ajvar relish
- ½ cup 125 ml water
- 8 oz. 225 g (250 ml) cottage cheese
- 7 oz. 200 g (425 ml) shredded cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Fry onion and garlic in butter or olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the ground beef and keep frying. Add oregano or basil and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add tomato paste, pesto or ajvar relish – use what you have on hand. Add water. Lower the heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. While the meat simmers, make the dough for the crust.
- Mix all the dough ingredients in a food processor for a few minutes until the dough turns into a ball. If you don't have a food processor, you can mix by hand with a fork.
- Place a round piece of parchment paper in a well-greased springform pan — 9-10 inches in diameter — to make it easier to remove the pie when it's done. (You can also use a deep-dish pie pan.) Spread the dough in the pan and up along the sides. Use a spatula or well-greased fingers.
- Pre-bake the crust for 10-15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and place the meat in the crust. Mix cottage cheese and shredded cheese together, and layer on top of the pie.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes on lower rack or until the pie has turned a golden color.
- Serve with a fresh green salad and dressing.
How to vary this recipe
This keto minced meat pie has an easily worked dairy-free pie crust. Here, we have filled it with meat and cheese, but you can use any filling you like. This dish is so versatile, the only limit is your imagination!
If you want a completely dairy-free meal we suggest checking out this keto vegetable pie. Another vegetarian alternative is our very popular keto avocado pie. You can also substitute the meat filling for chicken or salmon.
You can also vary the flavoring of this keto pie. Instead of the dried herbs you can add a couple of tablespoons of Tex-Mex seasoning. Serve it with some leafy greens and avocado, and you'll have the perfect meal for Taco Tuesday.
How to store it
Savory pies are perfect for meal prep. Enjoy as much as you want for dinner and then divide any leftovers into portion-sized pieces. They keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months. This pie tastes good cold but even better if it's gently reheated in a microwave or in the oven on a low temperature.
Nut flours are heat sensitive and should never be baked on high temperatures or they get burnt. If the crust is cooking too fast and is at risk of burning you can prevent that by wrapping aluminium foil on the edge of the crust. This will allow the center to cook and get golden brown, while you keep the edges from burning.
This recipe yields a dough that makes a thin crust. If you have a bigger pie dish or want a thicker crust you can make 1.5 times the recipe for the crust.
For more information about low-carb and keto baking we recommend our low-carb baking guide.