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Keto Mince and Cheese Pie Recipe

Updated: Jan 9

Did someone say PIE? Honestly this is such a kiwi favourite, and for good reason in my books!

I made my recipe for dinner tonight and it was so good, we all licked our plates clean. The mince is delicious, the pastry is light, the cheese is all melty... and the combination, perfection!

I have fond memories of eating what probably wasn't the greatest pies (I'm being polite - you guys know what they were commonly referred to) in petrol stations around 12.30am on Friday nights, and I can see this one being a real winter warmer since I'm unlikely to be anywhere other than home pretty much every night these days.

I've been wanting to make this pie a few weeks now especially after having an amazing one at a stop called 'The Keto Shack' discovered in Maramarua over the Easter Weekend. It was truly delicious! And it's now closed! I actually think this one may be a little better, but then again I am a touch biased ;) There is no greater way of declaring how much we enjoyed it than being able to share the recipe with you all. I hope you love it as much as we did, and know that my keto friendly recipe ebook is very much on the way so do watch this space. Please do let me know what you think!


1T ghee or lard

500g beef mince

1 large brown onion, finely chopped

2T tomato paste

0.5 cup hot water

1T xanthan gum (I use this one)

1T gelatin (I use this one)

2t balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

3 handfuls of grated cheddar or other cheese of choice.

  1. Heat fat of choice in frypan (I use cast iron) on a moderate heat before adding your chopped onion. Saute gently for 10-15 minutes. The onions should have a little colour but also be translucent and quite soft.

  2. Turn the heat up, brown the mince for a minute or two and then turn it back down to a gentle heat. Add the tomato paste and balsamic vinegar and stir for a few minutes before adding the water.

  3. Add the salt, pepper (seasoning to taste), gelatin and xanthan gum powder and simmer for a few more minutes. If you don't have both gelatin and xanthan, just use more of what you do have as it helps to create a gravy.

  4. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat off and leave it to cool while you make the pastry.


1.5 cups grated mozzarella

0.75 cup almond meal

2T cream cheese

1 egg

pinch of salt

  1. I don't have a microwave so I can't microwave the mozzarella and cream cheese together (apparently a few short 30 second bursts will do) so instead I gently melt it on a non stick frypan or in the oven, stirring constantly so the cheese doesn't 'catch'.

  2. Transfer the mix to a bowl, and stir in almond flour, salt and egg. I use a silicone spatula.

  3. Divide into two halves.

  4. Place one half in-between two sheets of baking paper and use a rolling pin to roll out.

  5. Carefully lay your first pastry sheet at the bottom of your tray (I used baking paper to line a brownie tray) making sure to have some 'sides'. Place in oven at 180 degrees celsius for 5 minutes while you roll out the second half.

  6. Take out the pan from the oven, and layer mince and grated cheese on top.

  7. Cover the filling with the top pastry layer. I often run my hands under the hot water tap so I can more easily manipulate the pastry to fill any holes and stretch it in certain places.

  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.

  9. Makes 6 portions which fed us three (2 adults, 1 child) for dinner without anything else so I highly suggest making a double portion!

It took around 25 minutes to make, not including the final baking time of 15 minutes.

You can also make in a pie maker as I've done for these updated pics! It's a bit messier to make but equally delicious.

I can't guarantee macros as it depends on ingredients used, but this is what I worked out per portion: 7 grams net carbohydrates, 23 grams fat and 33 grams protein with 416 calories. Enjoy x



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Maryana was introduced to the principles of holistic family wellness when her daughter was diagnosed with eczema and food allergies as an infant. She dedicated herself to deep diving how to resolve these naturally and now helps other families to implement a strong nutrition and lifestyle foundation to build beautiful skin and balanced immunity from the inside out. She lives in New Zealand with her integrative wellness practitioner husband, their daughter and three rescue animals.

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Maryana Lishman is an Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Eczema Coach who is passionate about supporting and empowering families to reach their health goals. All information, opinions, and recipes provided on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition and are not a substitute for advice from  your doctor.  are her own and should not be taken as prescriptive or medical advice. Please seek professional advice before making changes to your diet or lifestyle.  Throughout this site, there are various affiliate links I may earn a small commission from, at no extra cost to you, should you decide to purchase.

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