This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Natural Selections.
I want to be the woman who makes everything from scratch for every recipe and every meal. Unfortunately, most people, myself included, don’t have the time. Lately, I find myself overloaded with work, overwhelmed with a big move to a new neighbourhood, and life in general. I’m having to make compromises, or at least, I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I cannot physically do it all, and that sometimes, 30 minutes extra of sleep is more important than making a pie dough from scratch. It’s been a real battle to understand this, but I’m starting to see the light, and to understand the comfort that certain conveniences are to my schedule and my well-being.
Take these pork pies. I had dreams of roasting pork for this recipe, making the crust by hand, bla bla bla… Right. I often have lofty ambitions that I simply cannot squeeze into the reality that is my tight schedule. In the past, I would have gone one of two routes: I would have slaved, sweated, and probably cried from stress trying to fit in the thing I was craving into my schedule, these pork pies. The alternative would have been that I just don’t bother. Both roads are rather sad, if you ask me. It could have gone either way. But this year, I’m learning to make adjustments, compromises. I can make the pork pies if I can find good quality pork that’s ready to use. I am even more likely to make the pork pies if I invest in some pie dough or empanada dough too. If I make these simple adjustments, I can make the pork pies and eat the pork pies, without losing sleep or running myself into the ground.
I have what seems like a mountain in front of me, but that mountain didn’t stop me from making these savoury pork pies with chunks of apple. I used frozen empanada wrappers at the grocery store and I chose Maple Leaf Natural Selections Shredded Pork for the filling because this is as close as you can get to homemade shredded pork, without the hassle of roasting and shredding a piece of meat. Maple Leaf Natural Selections has a number of shredded cooked meats, specifically pork, turkey, and chicken, and I’ve been adding them in soups too. These products offer plain, shredded meats that aren’t covered in any sauces. They are very convenient and not too salty. I highly approve because there are times in life when we can’t do it all, and it’s comforting to be able to lean on a good product so that you can bake something at home with a lot less effort.
Savoury pork pies with apple recipe
Pork pies with apple
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 Paula Red or Cortland apples peeled and diced
- 1 branch fresh thyme
- 1 package Maple Leaf® Natural Selections® Slow Roasted Shredded Pork 200 g
- 1 large egg beaten
- 600 g empanada dough about 10 to 12
Heat butter in non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the cubed apple and sauté to soften/cook the apple. Stir it carefully every so often so it doesn't burn.
Add fresh thyme, Maple Leaf Natural Selections Roasted Shredded Pork, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Transfer to a dish and let cool.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment.
Place a round of empanada dough on your work surface. Place a heaping spoonful of the pork and apple mixture (about 1/12th of the mixture) in the center. Brush the edge with egg wash all the way around, then fold over the dough to form a half moon. Press the edges together very well, then crimp/shape the edge. You can use a fancy folding technique to pinch the edges or just use a fork. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
Repeat with the rest of filling/dough until you've made 10 to 12 pork pies.
Brush the surface of the hand pies with egg wash.
Bake in the preheated oven for a good 45 minutes, rotating the pans as necessary.
- You can buy ready made, rolled out empanada (made with pork fat) at some grocery stores. It's sold frozen, so you will have to defrost it in the fridge overnight before making your pork pies.
- If you can't find empanada dough, you can use the same weight of your favourite pie dough.
- If you want a homemade empanada dough recipe, check ou the Simple Bites cookbook by Aimee on Amazon. I've tried her empanada dough recipe and it is excellent!
- The Maple Leaf® Natural Selections® Slow Roasted Shredded Pork is available at grocery stores in Canada. I bought it at a Metro grocery store in Montreal.
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