Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe Meat Pie

Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe Meat Pie


Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Finnish Lihapiirakka Recipe

These Finnish meat pies use ground beef, rice, and spices. The dough is flaky with a nice crust when baked. Yummy!


Dough Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups of white flour, more for kneading, enough to be firm but moist. (more for dusting)
1/2 cup melted butter
Meat Filling Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground lean
1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 cup pre-cooked rice (white or brown)


  1. Put rice in a rice cooker to cook, or cook on stovetop.
  2. Cook ground beef and onion together and add salt, pepper, parsley to taste, set aside.
  3. Add cooked rice to the beef and stir well. Set aside while you make dough!
  4. To make dough, first add yeast to warm milk and let sit for around 15 minutes until foamy.
  5. In a mixer, combine yeast/milk mixture, eggs, salt, melted butter, sugar, and add flour a little at a time until dough begins to come together and you can knead.
  6. Knead dough into a large bowl and set aside for 1 hour to rise. Place warm towel over bowl to aid in this process.
  7. After dough has risen, cut out circles of dough (freehand), circles will be roughly 4 inches in diameter.
  8. You can also use a cookie cutter, if you have a large enough one.
  9. Put meat/onion mixture in center of each circle then close up by using your thumbs around the sides.
  10. Use a pastry brush to brush on beaten egg mixture on each pie.
  11. Some recommend letting pies rise again for 1 hour before baking (optional).
  12. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

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