Today is my mother's -- and the Saenger's -- birthday.
I think I'll celebrate by going to a movie in their honor. If I were going to sneak in food - not that I would ever do such a thing - I would bring these wonderful little meat turnovers that Mama used to make for our lunch boxes and family picnics They're portable and good cold as well as hot.
Now if only I could find a Seven Up bar for dessert.
Happy Birthday, Tone. I love and miss you always.
Tone's Meat Pies
Combine 2 teaspoons of shortening (or oil) and 2 teaspoons of flour in a large dutch oven or pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the roux is copper-colored. Add:
2 lbs. ground beef (chuck or round)
2 large yellow onions, chopped fine
6 green onions, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
dash of red pepper
Cook over medium heat until meat is browned and onions are tender. Stir occasionally. Drain well and cool.
Make pastry dough.
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup (2 sticks) real butter
5 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water.
Scald milk. Add butter and let melt over very low heat. Cool.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks. Stir in cooled milk and blend well. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Cover with a towel and let rest in draft-free area about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter baking sheet (VERY lightly -- the pastries get too brown on the bottom otherwise). Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll each into 10x 15 inch rectangle. Using a pastry wheel, cut each rectangle into six 5-inch squares.
Place 2 heaping tablespoons of meat filling into each square. Moisten edges with a little water and press lightly to make them stick together. Fold over and seal each the same way. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Brush with beaten egg and bake until golden, 35-40 minutes.