Keto meat pie

Keep everyone happy with this satisfying, cheese-topped keto masterpiece. Meat pie may be a little old-school, but it’s time to rediscover its deliciousness. Any cook can get rave reviews from this easy-to-follow recipe. Serve lukewarm for peak flavor. Great for packed lunches, too.
Keep everyone happy with this satisfying, cheese-topped keto masterpiece. Meat pie may be a little old-school, but it’s time to rediscover its deliciousness. Any cook can get rave reviews from this easy-to-follow recipe. Serve lukewarm for peak flavor. Great for packed lunches, too.

Ingredients

6 servingservings
USMetric
  • ½ ½ yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1 1 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 113 lbs 600 g ground beef or ground lamb
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon dried oregano or dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons 4 tablespoons tomato paste or ajvar relish
  • ½ cup 125 ml water
Pie crust
  • ¾ cup 180 ml almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml water
Topping
  • 8 oz. 225 g cottage cheese
  • 7 oz. 200 g shredded cheese

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Place a round piece of parchment paper in a well-greased springform pan—about 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes on lower rack or until the pie has turned a golden color.
  8. Serve with a fresh green salad and dressing.

Tip!

This is an easily worked dairy-free pie crust. Here, we have filled it with meat and a cover of cottage cheese and cheese, but you can use any filling you like!

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100 Comments

  1. Nikki
    This pie is amazing! The ingredients for the filling were so simple that I never imagined it would taste so good. And the crust, in my opinion, is a work of genius. I've tried a few grain free pie crusts and this is the best one I've ever had. I think I even would have preferred this crust to a proper pastry back when I was eating high carb! This is the first grain free pie crust I've made that is nice and savoury, with no overpowering taste of coconut coming through. Will make this over and over again!
    Reply: #73
  2. Antonette
    Is there a substitute for almond flour? Allergic to nuts! 🙊
    Replies: #53, #100
  3. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Antonette!

    You can try this:

    "A common question is whether you can substitute almond flour for coconut flour and the other way around. Yes, often you can but not in equal amounts. 1 cup of almond flour can be substituted for 1/3 cup of coconut flour. 1/3 cup of coconut flour can be substituted for 2/3 cup almond flour + 1.5 tablespoons of ground psyllium husk powder. The amounts may need to be adjusted depending on what brands you’re using."

    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/baking

    Good luck! :)

    Is there a substitute for almond flour? Allergic to nuts! 🙊

  4. Andrew
    Are you sure on this? Because if your numbers are correct, that would mean that 1 serving has 118g of fat...

    I know you don't like to count macros, I get it...but that doesn't change the fact that for anyone who does, one serving of this (which, by the way, is very good) has a ton of fat in it...for me it makes up more than 75% of my daily intake. This certainly limits things for the rest of the day.

    I focus on protein first and then fill up on fat so I can make sure not to lose muscle.

    Reply: #55
  5. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Andrew!

    According to my calculations it will be:

    (%FAT / %CARB) * 4/9 * gram_CARB = gram_FAT

    (71 / 3) * 4/9 * 5 = 53 gram fat

    Are you sure on this? Because if your numbers are correct, that would mean that 1 serving has 118g of fat...
    I know you don't like to count macros, I get it...but that doesn't change the fact that for anyone who does, one serving of this (which, by the way, is very good) has a ton of fat in it...for me it makes up more than 75% of my daily intake. This certainly limits things for the rest of the day.
    I focus on protein first and then fill up on fat so I can make sure not to lose muscle.

  6. Meredith
    Hi,
    Can you add the recipe amounts back? There is only a list of the ingredients in the meat section, and not what amounts to add in. Thanks.
  7. Linda
    Great idea about splitting the dry crust ingredients! Thanks
  8. Kathy S.
    I've made this a few times. Very good!
  9. Lorna
    I've just had a vision of a steak and stilton pie!!!!!!!! Yum!
  10. Michelle
    I made this today. Since I am a vertarian, I used smoked tofu instead of beef. It turned out really good
  11. jill
    did anyone else have their dough turn purple?? Overworked? Overcooked? It also puffed up when I par baked it.
    Reply: #62
  12. Jennifer
    Some psyllium husk fibers will turn purple when baked. It's fine to eat, and doesn't alter the taste.
  13. kyle
    how much is typically 1 serving on a ketogenic diet?
  14. Michael A
    I can definitely add myself to the list of people that loved this pie. I will make this again but I plan on modifying it by either adding pureed tomatoes into it or topping it with them, after baking, and replacing the ground beef with ground turkey. I have also thought of doing a low carb turkey chili in place of the meat part, I think that would taste fantastic. This is a must try.
  15. Veronica
    I would like to try the recipes but sometims when you get in from work you dont have time to cook what i would like to know is can the pastry and any of the recipes be made in advance and freeze
  16. Susan
    Can you use flax seed in place of the psyllium husk? I can't find it.
    Replies: #78, #98
  17. Hazel
    Susan I bought my psyllium husk from http://www.nutriseed.uk
  18. Tracy
    Awesome...I'm going to make this as Taco pie ! Seasoning as such and adding sour cream and lettuce on top when serving.
  19. rei
    sesame seeds can charge other flour ?
  20. shimeji
    Australians don't measure flour in mills, we to have tablespoons in our kitchens lol
  21. Sarah
    What is the serving size for this dish, and then what are the full nutrition facts for each serving? (Calories, protein, carbs, fat)?
  22. Deborah
    Yum! My husband and son asked if I would make this again. The crust got a little soggy on the leftovers - but they ate it anyway! This pie made 6 generous servings.
  23. Renee'
    Did you use a spring form pan or a deep dish pie pan?
  24. Janie J.
    I bought my psyllium husk from http://www.thefatfreezing.com
  25. Joanne&Angelika
    Hello lovies, what is pesto? Can I make it myself or can I use store bought?
  26. Terrie Olsson
    Will the meat pie freeze well? 6 servings is too many for me but would love to be able to freeze servings of this.
  27. Angela
    Is it supposed to be Pesto or Paste?
  28. Erica C
    They have it at Whole Foods if you have those near you. It is not in the baking isle however, it is found near the probiotics.
  29. Alan Bullard
    I have made this pie 3 times since I saw it a few weeks ago. It is delicious and very filling. You can add things such as dried tomato, basil, peppers, olives depending on your likes. You could also add a package of taco seasoning to go Mexican. The crust is so good and seedy. You can add to that as well with chia, extra sesame. I doubt you'll increase the carbs by very much with these variations. I've lost 45 pounds over 6 months and managed to keep it off for 3 months. Dr Atkins bars and no sugar gelatin saved my life at night.
  30. Sabrina
    I'm just curious how you guys came up with 6g of Carbs per serving. I put it into the recipe calculator in my carb counting app and I got 15g per serving.
    Reply: #82
  31. Lisa
    This recipe tasted good, but it's not actually a 'pie' - the recipe didn't make the same amount of pie crust that the picture would lead you to think it does.
  32. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Sabrina!

    We count "Net Carbs" ( Total carbs - Fiber).

    I'm just curious how you guys came up with 6g of Carbs per serving. I put it into the recipe calculator in my carb counting app and I got 15g per serving.

    Reply: #83
  33. Sabrina
    Even then I came up with 9g of Net Carbs. Which is still pretty darn good, so I'm not complaining. Is it possible that the brands of alternative flours you're using vs the ones I chose in the counter could be affecting fiber counts that much?

    And that then begs the question... on the Keto diet described on this site, are we shooting for 20 Total Carbs or 20 Net Carbs?

    Reply: #84
  34. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Again Sabrina!

    Yes I think it can differ a lot between brands and I wouldn't trust the numbers given on the products to much either. I see the values more like an order of magnitude.

    Yes, Net Carbs, but the number of carbs needed to get into ketosis seems to differ so you might have to eat even less to get there...

    Even then I came up with 9g of Net Carbs. Which is still pretty darn good, so I'm not complaining. Is it possible that the brands of alternative flours you're using vs the ones I chose in the counter could be affecting fiber counts that much?
    And that then begs the question... on the Keto diet described on this site, are we shooting for 20 Total Carbs or 20 Net Carbs?

  35. Cátia Araujo
    Hello, Can you tell me how much calories and g of each macros does this pie has please? According to my calculator one serving of pie has 780 calories, so I would like to double check with your numbers. Thank you
  36. Charlotte Heiney
    Replying to number 85

    I would like to know the know the calorie count and macros as well. It is delicious but I really like having complete information. Thank you

  37. Sarah
    What does the psyllium husk do for the recipe? Wondering if I need to make a run to the store just for that.
  38. Desiree
    We baked these into mini version (cupcake sized). Really delicious! It made 10 servings so not sure about the macros.
  39. Tess
    Cottage Cheese is fairly low in fat.. so I subbed it for cream cheese instead.
  40. Esther
    Truly delicious -and a firm favourite! I found this easy to make. And because I had too much of the filling left over (small oven pan) I made two in one go!
  41. Vicky Weber
    Is anyone going to answer:

    "Is there a substitute for psyllium husk powder that is used in many of the recipes?"

    It's been asked many times, but I do not see any answers.

    TIA

    Replies: #92, #99
  42. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Vicky!

    I'm not sure if there is any really good substitute for Psyllium husk powder when baking LC-bread.

    But you can find some interesting reading here:
    https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/gf-sourdough/guide-binders-gl...

    Is anyone going to answer:
    "Is there a substitute for psyllium husk powder that is used in many of the recipes?"
    It's been asked many times, but I do not see any answers.
    TIA

  43. Viktoriia
    Really nice pie! Helping a lot to fighth the cravings for bakery.
  44. Ingrid Wyss
    Does no one test your recipes...the keto meat pie crust was neither enough for even the bottom of a 10 inch pan, nor did it ever form a ball.
    I guess I will try another site.
  45. MissusStyles
    Crust was perfect it is fiddly to work and you do need wet hands and patience. End result a tasty thin pastry that does not sog with filling. I used leftover roast lamb diced and cooked with, onion, garlic, green beans, vege stock and pesto. Topped as per the recipe and it was fabulous, had a slice next day reheated in the microwave and flavours were even better. Will freeze last couple of portions for another day.
  46. Jennifer
    Can u add more almond flour instead of the coconut flour. I have sensitivity to coconut.
    Reply: #97
  47. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Jennifer:

    Read this:
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/baking#products

    Can u add more almond flour instead of the coconut flour. I have sensitivity to coconut.

  48. Jennifer
    I just made this last night and used Flax seed because I did not have psyllium husk and it came out just fine. I also substituted sour cream for the cottage cheese because I forgot to buy some at the store.
  49. Jennifer
    Yes, ground flax seed works just fine. Just used it last night since I did not have any psyllium husk on hand.
  50. Marion
    I am going to make this tonight. I usually substitute almond flour with sunflower seed flour because I am allergic to tree nuts. I need a substitute for sesame seeds because I am allergic to them too. Does anyone know if I can substitute flax seeds or chia seeds for the sesame seeds? Thanks for your help.
  51. Donna
    Any alternative to psyllium husk powder ? I am pretty sure I had a very bad allergic reaction from it
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