These Halloween Pies are handheld pies filled with a sausage mixture and tomato sauce.
They are packed with flavor, like the best-tasting sausage roll but in easy to eat party pie form, so they make a great snack whilst trick or treating.
The jack-o-lantern face is cut out of the pie crust, get the kids involved cutting fun faces or go creepy with some scary faces.
What are party pies?
Party pies are miniature pies that you can pick up and eat with one hand. They are the ultimate snack pie!
Party pies are big here in Australia, but usually, they are filled with ground meat and gravy. Delicious!! But not quite as easy to eat when you are wearing a white ghost costume 😉
These sausage roll party pies are a little cleaner, so they are making a great handheld pie for filling the kids' bellies before or during the candy craziness!
The sausage meat filling
The filling mixture starts with onions, celery, and a little garlic (To keep the vampires at bay!) These are cooked off in olive oil until soft and tender. Once they have cooled they can be added to the meat.
For the meat filling, you want to buy pork sausages or breakfast links and then remove the meat from the casing, this creates a seasoned meat base that we can add extra flavor to with the onion mixture and some dried Italian seasoning.
I like to buy the Italian Sausages as they are already wonderfully flavored and work with the other additions.
To make the pies
The pies themselves are super easy! You just need some frozen pie crust or shortcrust pastry and a couple of cookie cutters.
Cut large disks out of the pie crust and mold them gently into a muffin tin. There is no need to grease the muffin tin as the pastry will have enough fat in it to stop them from sticking.
Once the muffin tins are full, divide the sausage mixture between the pies then add a teaspoon of tomato sauce to each pie. This will fill all the face holes and give the pies an extra level of Halloweeny spook.
To make the jack-o-lantern faces, use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out disks for the top then take a small knife and cut out the faces. The knife doesn't need to be very sharp, just a normal table knife will work, so the kids can help here too.
Ways to adapt the recipe:
- Switch up the sauces - use BBQ, Dill Pickle or Nacho Cheese Sauce.
- Use chicken, turkey or beef sausages instead of pork.
- Add some extra heat with some red pepper flakes in the pork mixture and a splash of hot sauce in the tomato sauce.
- Not Halloween? Cut fun shapes like stars or hearts out of the crust, or leave them fully covered.
- Make a large pie and then cut it into slices for serving as part of a Halloween buffet.
- Swap the Italian herbs for some poultry seasoning, cajun seasoning, creole seasoning, BBQ steak seasoning or a smoky paprika blend.
For more halloween food why not try:
- 'Snakes' Tongue Rolls – Halloween Hot Dogs
- Rice Krispies Treat Marshmallow Brains
- Witches Hat Cheese Ball
- Sweet and Sour ‘Bat’ Wings
- Witches Hair Pasta
And for some halloween cocktails/drinks:
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Halloween Pies - Sausage Party Pies Recipe
- 1 onion
- 1 rib celery
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 20 oz breakfast links/pork sausages
- ¼ cup tomato sauce/ketchup
- 3 sheets pie crust/shortcrust pastry
- 1 egg
- Finely chop the onion, celery, and garlic.
- Heat the olive oil in a small skillet/frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the chopped vegetables, salt, and Italian seasoning to the pan, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until softened.
- Once cooked transfer to a bowl to cool.
- Whilst the onion mixture is cooling, remove the meat from the pork sausages/breakfast links and break up with a fork.
- Add the cooled onion mixture to the sausage meat and mix together well (I use my hands)
- Cut 12 large disks from your pie crust and use them to line an ungreased 12 hole muffin tin. Gather up the scraps to ensure you have enough pastry for the tops.
- Fill eat pie with sausage mixture and then top with 1 teaspoon of tomato sauce/ketchup.
- Cut 12 smaller disks from the remaining piecrust/pastry.
- Use a knife to cut spooky or funny Halloween faces from the disks.
- Cover your pies with the lids and carefully push the edges together.
- Break the egg into a small bowl, whisk lightly together, then use a pastry brush to give the pies an egg wash.
- Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.