Polish Meat Pastry Recipe – Paszteciki Z Mięsem

Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a blue and white plate.
Serve the Polish paszteciki z mięsem hot or cold!

Paszteciki Z Mięsem are a traditional Polish meat pastry made with minced meat in a yeast-based dough. The perfect appetizer, snack, or meal, these Polish minced meat pasties can be served warm or cold!

Paszteciki is the Polish version of patties, pasties, pastries, or mini-pies. 

There are 2 types of paszteciki in Poland. One with meat filling and the other with sauerkraut and mushroom filling. The version made with sauerkraut is called Paszteciki Z Kapusta i Grzybami and is often found at the Polish Christmas dinner table. 

The other version is made with minced meat and is called Paszteciki Z Mięsem and often served at Polish weddings. It’s also a perfect snack or side dish for a meal. In most cases, these paszteciki are served with red borscht (barszcz czerwony).

How To Make Polish Meat Pies – Paszteciki Z Mięsem

The process to make Polish meat pies is quite similar to the process of making the Christmas Polish sauerkraut pies.

Step I – Proof The Yeast

You start by mixing the yeast with the sugar till it becomes fluid. Simultaneously, warm up the milk till it’s lukewarm. It shouldn’t get too hot. Also, melt the butter in the pan.

Yeast in a plate.
Add sugar to the yeast
Sugar and yeast in a saucer with a spoon.
Mix sugar and yeast till it’s runny

Step II – Prepare The Dough

Using a food processor or just by hand, mix all the ingredients for the dough together till it forms a ball. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest till it doubles in size.

Dough in a bowl covered by a towel.
Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rest
Dough in a steel bowl.
Dough has doubled in size
Place the dough on a floured surface.
Place the dough on a floured surface

Step III – Make The Polish Meat Pastry Filling

Fry a diced onion in oil. Add the minced meat to the onion and cook while stirring occasionally. Finally, season with spices and allow to cool.

Once the meat has cooled down, blend it with an egg to get a smooth consistency. If you don’t have a blender, use a mortar and pestle or a potato masher.

Add the mince to the fried onions.
Add the mince to the fried onions
Egg added to the mince dough in a white plate.
Egg added to the mince dough to be mixed
Smooth minced and egg blend.
Egg and mince blended together

Step IV – How To Assemble Paszteciki Z Mięsem?

Line a bread pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).

Divide the Paszteciki Z Mięsem dough into 4 pieces. Roll out each piece on a floured surface and cut horizontally as shown in the picture.

Place the meat filling in the center of the strip and roll it up, starting with the ends. Cut into 1.5-inch sized pieces, brush with egg white or butter, and bake.

Roll out the meat pie dough.
Roll out the meat pie dough
Horizontally cut dough filled with mince.
Cut the dough horizontally and add mince filling
Cut the mince pies into smaller pieces.
Cut the mince pies into smaller pieces
Polish mince pies on a baking tray.
Polish mince pies on a baking tray
Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a tray.
Polish paszteciki z mięsem is ready

Tips For Making The Best Paszteciki Z Mięsem

  • If you don’t want too much mince, you can also add boiled peas or boiled and diced carrots to the mince mixture. 
  • Add more onion to the mixture if you want a sweeter mince pasty. 
  • Use a smaller brush so that the egg white or butter spreads evenly. 
  • Sprinkle the egg-washed pastries with sesame or black seeds before baking. 
  • Serve the paszteciki with red borscht (barszcz czerwony).
  • Serve these Polish meat pies warm or cold.
  • Serve with a sour cream dip!
Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a plate.
Polish paszteciki z mięsem is the perfect snack!
Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a blue and white plate.
Serve the Polish paszteciki z mięsem hot or cold!

FAQs About Making This Polish Meat Pastry

Which Minced Meat Should I Use?

This dish is usually made with minced pork or minced beef. 

Do I Have To Use Minced Meat?

No, you don’t have to use minced meat. Instead of buying minced meat, you may use the leftover meat from rosół (chicken stock). You may even add some veggies to the filling, then blend everything together.

Is It Possible To Make The Pasties Healthier? 

The pasties are already wholesome. You could make them a bit healthier by replacing the flour with wholemeal flour. 

Is It Possible To Make The Polish Meat Pastry Gluten-Free?

Yes, to make the Polish meat pastry gluten-free replace the flour with gluten-free flour. The taste will change, but they will still taste great!

Do I Have To Make The Dough From Scratch?

No, you don’t have to make the dough from scratch like we have done. You can use store-bought pastry instead.

How Long Can I Store These Polish Meat Pastries?

Move the paszteciki to a zip loc bag or to an airtight container. The Polish meat pastries can be stored for a week in the refrigerator or 3 to 4 months in the freezer.

If stored in the refrigerator, they can be reheated or served cold. If stored in the freezer, it is necessary to reheat before serving. 

Polish Meat Pastry Recipe – Paszteciki Z Mięsem

Polish Meat Pastry Recipe - Paszteciki Z Mięsem

Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a blue and white plate.

Paszteciki Z Mięsem are a traditional Polish meat pastry made with minced meat in a yeast-based dough. The perfect appetizer, snack or side dish, these Polish minced meat pasties can be served warm or cold!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

Yeast dough for paszteciki z mięsem

  • 2 oz (55g) of fresh yeast
  • 4 cups/ 18oz / 500g of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (230g) of butter
  • 1 cup (240g) of milk
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsps of salt

Filling for Polish meat pastry

  • 21oz (600g) of minced meat (pork, beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsps of oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  •  ½ tsp of black pepper

Instructions

How To Make The Dough For Paszteciki?

  1. Using a spoon, mix yeast with sugar until it becomes fluid.
  2. Warm up the milk (it shouldn't be too cold or too hot).
  3. Melt the butter on the pan.
  4. Carefully mix all the ingredients for the dough together. You may make it by hand (in a bowl) or use a food processor.
  5. Place the dough in a big bowl and cover with a clean kitchen cloth.
  6. Let the dough rest in a warm place for an hour. After that time, it should double its size.

How To Make The Filling For Polish Meat Pastry?

  1. Peel and dice an onion. Fry it on oil.
  2. Add minced meat and fry for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the mince to the fried onions.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and cool off.
  4. Blend the meat with an egg to get a smooth consistency. Smooth minced and egg blend.

How To Assemble Paszteciki Z Mięsem?

  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  2. Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll out each part of the dough onto a floured surface.
  4. Cut the dough horizontally (see the photo below).
  5. Place the meat filling in the center of the dough strip. (see the photo above).
  6. Roll up the pastry, starting at one of the long ends. Be sure the filling doesn't get between the dough, otherwise, your paszteciki may fall apart while baking.
  7. When your roll is ready, cut it into smaller pieces (see the photo below).
  8. Move your paszteciki onto the baking pan.
  9. Brush them with egg white or melted butter. Bake for about 25 minutes.

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