These Beef & Onion Pasties are so good that you won’t believe you can enjoy them on the slimming friendly diet!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Pasties are notoriously high in calories, so you might be wondering how we made these! The secret is – Weight Watchers Wraps!
The Weight Watchers Wraps have been a bit of a revelation when it comes to replacing pastry. We’ve used them in loads of recipes, both sweet and savoury!
From pizza, pies and tarts, the Weight Watchers Wraps have been so versatile!
You can find all our recipes using the Weight Watchers Wraps on the Pinch of Nom website!
These Beef & Onion Pasties take a little bit of prep, but they’re so worth it. Lots of people have made something similar using tins of stewing steak, but not only are these expensive to buy, but the lower calorie ones are only available in a limited number of shops.
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What do I need to make these Beef & Onion Pasties?
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These Beef & Onion Pasties are pretty easy to make once you’ve cooked the meat filling. To do that, you’ll need an electric pressure cooker such as the Instant Pot.
You’ll find Gravy Browning with all the other gravy granules and instant gravy in the supermarket.
The Gravy Browning in this recipe adds a rich and dark colour to the meat. You don’t have to use it but it really adds that extra something! We also use it in our Gravy recipe, so it is worth getting!
The Instant Pot
What can I say about the Instant Pot? It’s like a like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets.
If you’ve never heard of it you really should go and check it out over on Amazon. It pretty much does everything you need!
The old fashioned pressure cookers made all those hideous noises and were pretty scary to use. None of that with the Instant Pot!
Just set the time, close the lid and let it do it’s thing. It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking! How good is that?
You can cook the meat for these Beef & Onion Pasties in the Instant pot in 60 minutes, but if you prefer to cook it in the slow cooker, it’ll take considerably longer (5-6 hours).
Next, if you want to keep this as low calorie as possible, you need something called Xanthan Gum. Xanthan Gum is a low calorie thickener and works a bit like cornflour. You add it to a liquid, and it thickens but you only need to add a little! Just 1/4 or a teaspoon works the same as 1 tbsp cornflour!
We use Xanthan Gum quite a lot! Why not use it in this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
We’ve used ox cheeks for the meat in these Beef & Onion Pasties. It’s a really cheap, but incredibly tasty cut of meat and you can find it at your local butchers, or at most supermarkets (especially those with in-store butchers counters!).
Ox cheeks are super lean, but very tough so they need a lot of cooking – this is why we use the Instant Pot or slow cooker to cook them!
If you can’t find ox cheeks, you can use any cheap stewing beef!
How many Calories are in this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe?
There are just over 300 calories in one of these Beef & Onion Pasties, but there’s no compromise on flavour!
If you were to buy a similar bakery item it would probably set you back around 500 calories, and with nowhere near as generous an amount of filling!
We’ve used the Weight Watchers Wraps in this recipe, but there are other wraps you can use.
These Beef & Onion Pasties would be great served with some green veg, but you can serve them with whatever you like.
These Beef & Onion Pasties are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
How Weight Watchers Friendly are these Beef & Onion Pasties?
Don’t be tempted by the bakery version. At around 17 Smart Points, it’ll make a hefty dent in your daily allowance!
These Beef & Onion Pasties are just 6 Points each, and you’ll never believe they’re not the real deal!
Can I freeze these Beef & Onion Pasties?
This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
– Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough
– Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing, and separate each pasty with some parchment paper
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.
Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!
How do I make these Beef & Onion Pasties?
Cut the ox cheeks into 2cm diced pieces and roughly dice the white onion.
Using the Sauté function on the Instant Pot, spray the bowl with low calorie cooking spray and brown the meat and onions for around 5 minutes.
Season the meat and onions with salt and pepper, add enough water (around 750ml) to just cover the meat and bring to the boil continuing to use the Sauté function.
Once the liquid is boiling, crumble in the beef stock cube and stir. Add the beef stock pot, gravy browning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic granules and onion granules and mix well.
Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, ensure the value is closed. Press the “Manual” button and set the time to 60 minutes.
When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, quick release the pressure. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
Take the lid off the Instant Pot and turn on the Sauté function. Add in the Xanthan Gum and stir very well until the gravy and beef have thickened.
Beat the egg. Add a few spoons of meat onto on half of a wrap, and top with some sliced red onion – it’s important not to over fill the pasties or they won’t seal, or may leak when cooking. Brush some beaten egg around the edge of the wrap and fold the wrap over. Press the edge down firmly with a fork and brush the top with the beaten egg.
Place on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with your choice of accompaniment and the left over gravy!
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