Natchitoches Meat Pies with Pepper Jelly
- 2 pounds ground sirloin
- 2 pounds ground pork
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon red pepper
- 1 cup chopped green onion
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/3 cup Crisco shortening
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups finely chopped bell peppers
- 20 to 25 jalapeno peppers, some but not all of the seeds removed
- 7 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 1 (6 ounce) box Certo pectin
- Filling: Cook ground sirloin and pork until it crumbles. Add salt, black pepper,
red pepper and green onions. Stir in all-purpose flour. Set aside to cool.
- Crust: Sift self-rising flour into a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour. Add
egg and milk. Form dough into ball.
- On a floured board, roll about a third of the dough about 1/4-inch thick. Cut
dough in circles about 3 inches in diameter. Place a heaping tablespoon of meat
mixture on each circle. Dampen edges. Fold over filling. Crimp edges with a fork
and prick with fork on top. Deep fry at 350 degrees F until golden brown.
- Serve with Pepper Jelly.
- Pepper Jelly: Chop peppers very fine. Place peppers, sugar and vinegar in a tall
pot and bring to a boil. Boil 7 to 8 minutes, then add both pouches of Certo pectin.
Boil for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Put into sterilized jars and seal.
- Serve Pepper Jelly with Natchitoches Meat Pies.
Yield: about 90 to 100 meat pies; 9 to 10 half-pints Pepper Jelly
Pepper Jelly is also very good over cream cheese and served with crackers.
You may need to repeat the crust recipe three or four times to use all of the
Freezes well. Place uncooked pies on cookie sheet in freezer until set. Put in
recloseable plastic bags and freeze.
Source: The Advocate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana