Thursday, September 13, 2007

Biff Pajs (Swedish Meat Pies)

These are a popular food item at the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City, Oregon. I love those meat pies, they are traditionally called Biff Paj's... They taste great and I honestly like this recipe better than the Biff Paj's at the Scandinavian Festival. I found this recipe on the net, but I've made my own changes to it and I like it the way I've changed it.

Yield: 6 meat pies
Prep Time: 40 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min


* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 pound ground beef (I use ground chuck roast)
* 1 tablespoon garlic powder (NOT GARLIC SALT!!!)
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
* 1 pinch ground nutmeg
* 2 large red potatoes, grated
* 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/4 cup butter
* 1 cup sour cream


1. Melt the 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble in the ground beef and add parsley, allspice, dill, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and grated potatoes. Cook and stir until the meat is browned. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream until melted. Set aside to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix in the 1 1/4 cup butter with a fork or pastry cutter until only pea sized lumps remain. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream a little bit at a time until the dough holds together. Knead briefly on a lightly floured surface. Divide into six equal portions, and pat into balls.

4. Roll out each ball of dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Place a heaping 1/2 cup of filling onto each one. Fold over into half circles, and seal by moistening the edges with warm water and pressing together. Place on a baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

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Anonymous said...

I love these pies too. I haven't been able to go to the festival for a couple of year's. But been craving these pies, they are so good. I have been looking for the recipe for a long time, can't wait to try this thank you.

Anonymous said...

Another vote for Scandinavian festival pies. Will have to try this recipe. The biff paj and the fri-jos are always my first stop. Last year I brought extras home and froze them. That works pretty well--never as good as at the festival though!!

Toni R said...

I was reading the recipe notice it says add onion, but no onion listed in ingredients, how much? I'm thinking about 1/2 c chopped onion. Also would like the site of original recipe for them. I have looked but couldn't find them. Thanks for any help.

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