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Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies

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If there is anything that we love here in Australia, it’s a meat pie with tomato sauce. Well, because I’m classy I used to love the beef, cheese and bacon pies and I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t missed them.

These keto meat pies are satisfying enough to be served as a main dish with a side of dressed greens or on its own. It's a great option for those who practice intermittent fasting as it will provide enough fats and protein to break your fast. This recipe makes 6 regular pies (made in an oversized muffin pan) or 10-12 smaller pies (made in a regular sized muffin pan).

I don’t know how much I will get to enjoy these gluten-free meat pies though, as I have two hungry contractors in the house who have already requested them for their lunch tomorrow.

I’m guessing that they have missed pies too. Enjoy!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size meat pie

Allergy information for Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies

✔  Gluten free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, meat pie)

Net carbs7.3 grams
Protein44.1 grams
Fat59.3 grams
Calories737 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 24%, fat 72%
Total carbs10.3 gramsFiber3 gramsSugars3.8 gramsSaturated fat23.1 gramsSodium915 mg(40% RDA)Magnesium130 mg(33% RDA)Potassium703 mg(35% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 meat pies)

Filling:
  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb)
  • 4 large slices bacon, chopped (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 1 small brown onion, chopped (g/ oz)
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (15 ml)
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce/passata (30 ml)
  • 1 cup beef stock or bone broth (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
Pie crust:
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (250 g/ 8.8 oz)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp shredded edam cheese (125 g/ 4.4 oz)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp full-fat cream cheese (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 6 small chunks of sharp cheddar (66 g/ 2.3 oz)

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into small strips and dice the onion.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  2. Add to a skillet, along with the ground beef. Cook until just browned.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  3. Add coconut aminos, passata, beef stock and xanthan gum and stir well to combine. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let cool. Once mixture is cool, heat oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional).
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  5. Prepare the pie crust. Place the cheeses and cream cheese into a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir, then return for another 30 seconds. Repeat this once more. Add the almond meal, onion powder and eggs and mix well until you have a soft dough.
  6. Divide into four parts and sit one portion aside. Cut each of the remaining three portions in half and then flatten them out into large circles (you will have a total of six circles).
  7. Spray a six-hole oversized muffin pan and press the dough into each cup, making sure to leave overhang at the top as the dough will shrink while cooking. Bake for 10 minutes.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  8. Remove and spoon some filling in to each cup. Press a chunk of cheddar into the centre.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  9. Then top with the remaining filling. Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  10. Divide the reserved dough into six and flatten out into lids. Lay the lid on top of the pies and gently press around the edges to seal. Cut a couple of steam vents in top of each pie.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  11. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown on top.
    Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies
  12. Eat warm, with sugar-free ketchup if you want to feel very Australian. If you can't find sugar-free, you can make your own keto ketchup in just a few minutes! Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Low-Carb Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Meat Pies

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, meat pie)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
2.3 g9.9 g8.2 g123 kcal
Cheese, edam
0.3 g5.2 g5.8 g74 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1.2 g4.7 g41 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
2.2 g5.4 g13.1 g148 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.1 g2.1 g1.6 g24 kcal
Onion powder, spices
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cheddar cheese
0.3 g2.5 g3.7 g44 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g14.3 g16.7 g212 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g2.7 g5 g56 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.7 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Tomato sauce (passata), unsweetened
0.2 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Beef bone broth, beef stock
0.1 g0.6 g0.5 g7 kcal
Xanthan gum, thickening agent
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, meat pie
7.3 g44.1 g59.3 g737 kcal

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Comments (24)

Hey! This looks great. I'm just wondering do the pies freeze/defrost well?

They do indeed! I made these with a different filling and had them in the freezer for a few weeks. I then just baked then on low until warm and defrosted. Or you can leave them in the fridge to defrost and then just microwave to warm up.

Hi there
This looks amazing and I will def be making next weekend.
Is there an alternative to Edam?
Thanks

Hi Michele, you can use more shredded mozzarella. I wouldn't use a high-fat cheese like cheddar as that would make the dough sticky.

These turned out great!  I've never been a huge fan of xantham gum since honestly it might as well be called xantham slime, but the cheese in the center helped cut through that nicely.  I did accidentally use only about 2/3rds of the dough, though (don't ask) - the dough was thinner but turned out just fine.  I cooked it for 8 mins first and it puffed out a lot, but I just mashed it flat in the cups and filled/cooked as directed, they sealed up perfectly.
I did add some garlic powder and smoked paprika to the dough along with the onion powder, and added some garlic salt and probably 2 tsp liquid smoke to the meat mixture.  That did wonders for the flavor!  I'll definitely make these again.

Thank you Drew, I'm glad you enjoyed! Thank you for the great tips! 😊

These look so good! Is there any way I can make the pie crust dairy free? Thank you for all your recipes!

Hi Suparna, you could try:
1) Vegan cheese. I'm not a fan though. Even the "cleaner" types taste odd.
2) This dough may be a great alternative: The Best Low-Carb & Keto Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos

Is it possible to make one big pie?

I don't see why not! This will fit perfectly in a regular pie form or an 8 to 9 inch cast iron skillet.

I make this into 1 family pie. Not quite enough dough for the top though I found. BUT I just coat it in cheese ontop, smoked cheddar then Edam (or mozerella) what ever I actually have. Delicious. Is a family favourite. It’s for 6 servings still but I’m a pig and love it for 4 servings ;)

Hahaha we must be related! 😅 I never seem to have just one serving of anything so don't ever feel bad about it! 😊 This made my day, so happy that you enjoyed!

I’m going to try this, but as a steak and kidney pie. I’m in Canada, but of WASP heritage and really miss my steak and kidney.  Obviously no peas

That sounds like a great way to use organ meats! 😊

this looks amazing! I got everything going to make theses today. Can't wait to eat on

Let me know how it went! 😊

Omg I can't wait to make these I have missed pies so much Thank you

Hello, I’m so excited to make this. I’m in the states and do not have a fan assisted oven, what temperature should I bake these at?

Hi Lisa, if you have a regular (conventional) oven, you can bake these at 220 C (430 F). Or bake them at 200 C (400 F) and add a few more minutes to the baking time. The tops should be golden (not too dark).

Omg, I am soo making these. Love my meat pies and sausage rolls and have thought about making them for a while with fathead dough which sounds very similar. Thanks heaps
Ps this is by far the best tracking and Keto app on the planet, love the blog with added recipes and I still buy the cook books fairly often for something different. keep up the great work guys/girls

Thank you so much Adrian, you made my day!!!

Your written directions don’t mention when to add the diced onion but the picture shows it with the mince/bacon. You may wish to make that clearer. I look forward to trying this 😊

Hi Kiki, step number one says: "Cut the bacon into small strips and dice the onion." And then step 2 says: "Add to a skillet, along with the ground beef. Cook until just browned." Am I missing something? 😊

Awesome. I got addicted to meat pies while visiting Australia and New Zealand this looks like a great recipe and I’m going to try it right away