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This St. Patrick's Day, tuck the makings of traditional beef-and-potato stew into flaky pastries you can bake straight from the freezer.

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009
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  • AbbyCakes
    22 MAR, 2012
    I agree with some of the others that in looking at the ingredients can be for a bland pie and that this is traditional Irish. But, I like more flavor in my food. I added onion, corn, garlic, carrots, smoked paprika, celery seed and it was fantastic! I used a frozen pie crust, top and bottom and baked a delicious pie. I'll definately be making this again.
  • Vera_Lynn
    10 OCT, 2011
    These were incredible!! :-D I added onion & celery seed. They were perfect!
  • mahobay
    12 APR, 2011
    I'm making the pies for the second time. They're GREAT. I've modified the filling and created Canadian meat (hand) pies by eliminating the tomato and adding beef broth, tiny chunks of carrots and allspice. My family LOVES them!
  • Suezy
    21 MAR, 2011
    and the frozen pie crusts I used just turned out like moist dough, not flaky. Not sure what I did wrong, but I made a double batch so now I'm stuck with it! Disappointed. :)
  • Suezy
    21 MAR, 2011
    Sorry, but this recipe didn't really work for me. I wasn't crazy about the filling
  • SMcGriffin
    8 MAR, 2011
    I used puff pastry for the crust (much easier) and fresh thyme, it was quite good! If you're going through the effort to make, I'd suggest, double up and put half in the freezer, great last minute dinner or lunch.
  • airstream_cooking
    31 MAY, 2010
    The dough seems to soak up most of the savory flavor in the filling. We tripled the amount of Worcestershire sauce. The filling was delicious before being put in the pies. After being put in the pies, it was just sort of bland.
  • stephaniebrereton
    9 APR, 2010
    What do you think of using left over corned beef instead of the ground beef?
  • RandiKaye
    23 MAR, 2010
    My husband said this was just okay, nothing too great. But it was fairly easy, and my little guy ate it up!!
  • pamechapan2
    18 MAR, 2010
    Runza's are of German origin. People of German decent all over the world make these! Runza's are made of beef (leftover roast that is diced or ground beef) cabbage and onion salt and pepper, wrapped in a potato yeast dough. Quite different than the Irish Hand Pie. Both items are very tasty.

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