You have a choice of two fillings: a spicy, cooked fruit filling or a savory meat filling. Either can be tucked inside rounds of pastry that are sealed into tight packets and baked in the oven. They make a great picnic treat or a delicious, casual supper.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 1/2 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 pound lean steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
To make dough: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Add a small amount of water to slightly moisten. Form dough into a ball. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into 4-inch circles. Lightly flour both sides of circles.
To make fruit filling: In a saucepan combine fruit, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Heat over medium heat until hot, thoroughly mixing.
To make meat filling: In a medium skillet saute the onion and green pepper in olive oil. Add tomato paste, water, and vinegar, and cook for 20 minutes. Add meat and coat thoroughly with the sauce.
Place a large spoonful of one of the above mixtures to the center of a dough circle. Place another circle on top. Fasten the two circles together by pressing the edges with a fork. These may then be baked in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until golden brown.