Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches Meat Pies

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 25 m
Recipe by  kehn

“The Natchitoches meat pies are famous in Louisiana and a 'must eat' when there. They are so good and a perfect little lunch. Cook time is an estimate, keep an eye on them.”

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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat; whisk in flour, and cook until flour turns from white to a nutty brown color, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in onion and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add meats and brown until no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes; stir in Cajun seasoning and garlic powder; drain fat. Cool to room temperature.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Use a 5 inch diameter round cookie cutter or cut around a saucer to make a round of dough. Place a heaping tablespoon of meat filling in the center of each round. Fold dough over filling and seal edges closed by pressing with a fork or fingers. Repeat to make 15 pies, re-rolling dough scraps as needed.
  3. Heat oil for frying in deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Deep fry pies in small batches until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Or bake pies on greased cookie sheets in preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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I hate to rate this low, as I LOVE Natchitoches meat pies (that's pronounced "Nack-a-tsh" btw), but this recipe needed some work to get it where it needed to be. First, onion, celery and bell pepper cooked in the roux are a must. Then chopped garlic, then I added my meat, and immediately turned the burner off *before* the meat could brown - if anything it just got a bit "gray." Then I seasoned with a heavy-handed blend of white, black and cayenne pepper. Meanwhile, I re-rolled pkg'ed crust into about 12 5" circles (will DEF make my own crust next time, that was a pain) and put about 2T of filling into each pie, placing each on a greased pan after forming the pies and cutting tiny slits in the top for steam to escape. I then baked for about 30 minutes at 350. But here's what sends this over the top - you should have quite a bit of meat mixture left over at this point - now you can go ahead and brown it and use that to make gravy, either from scratch or with a brown gravy mix - it is phenomenal over mashed potatoes and the pies.



Having gone to school in Natchitoches, these delicious little pies have a special place in my heart. I haven't been there in years, but it felt like I was back again when I made these pies! They were delicious and so easy to make! I baked them in the oven for ease and they were still scrumptious. I also used fresh garlic instead of garlic salt for a bit of a fresher flavor. Yummy!

Aunt Bee

Aunt Bee

Mixed up a batch of pie crust dough to use instead of buying the prepared kind. Fried them in hot oil until browned and they were so good. Taste very much like the ones I had in Natchitoches Louisiana.(Made these again and they were even better with some changes: added 1 chopped bell pepper in with the onion. Added 1 bunch green onions chopped. About 4 cloves of garlic and about 1/4 tsp red pepper.)

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Amount Per Serving (15 total)

  • Calories
  • 338 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 26.6 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 10.9 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 455 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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