Millennium Falcon Meat Pies~Star Wars Day

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

Happy May the 4th or Star Wars Day!! One of my favourite unofficial holidays 🙂

I think I enjoy this day because it’s a day where I can let my creative nerdiness make an appearance and look cool doing it!  I also enjoy it because it’s a way my son and I bond; light sabres, ships, figurines, Star Wars cakes, pastries and today meat pies. I’ve mentioned before that my whole family is a huge fan of  Star Wars and super hero movies, much to the delight of my husband. 

I remember when we started our family, and third child in, they were all still girls, my husband was getting concerned as to who he could pass on his love of comic books, super heroes and sci fi to. That didn’t stop him from encouraging our little girls to play with super hero toys. My daughters’ favourite “dolls” we’re the plush action figures of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern. Superman, Batman, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. They loved those things! We still have them because we did eventually have a little boy, and my husband found his successor. The girls are still big fans of Marvel and DC comic heroes and movies, and are the first to correct their friends who tend to mix up DC and Marvel heroes! Daddy beams with pride.

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

It’s fun to see the girls quote Star Wars movies like my sister and brother used to. We, of course, watched the original movies and each would take a part and we would reel off an entire scene. My daughters do the same but with the newer movies that came out during their childhood. I have noticed that if the family is a Star Wars family, that is, the parents were fans of the original, then there is a love that trickles down through the newer generations. I know some of my younger cousins have no interest in Star Wars because their parents never watched them (unthinkable, I know)

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

I am glad that we do have a common interest as a family, even though it’s just superhero movies. Right now the kids are at that age of not wanting to do anything with their parents. We love to go hiking and visit the mountains but that is just not something they want to share with us. Thankfully, they are still willing to visit the museums and botanic gardens; I ended up getting memberships to encourage these visits. We’ll take what we can get. So, the fact that Star Wars and superhero movies are still cool enough to attend with your parents is quite a big deal for us!

I have been writing about May the 4th for 4 years now, I think I’ve written all I can! But this year, we can talk about the new movie! Who would’ve thought after all these years, we would get a new Star Wars. Did any of you see it? 

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

We thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s nice to get some new blood into the franchise and I’m excited to see these characters grow. I think they made some nice actor/actress choices and the new film was entertaining and exciting. 

At the end of this year, we get another instalment but this one’s a prequel. I’m excited because Darth Vader will make an appearance in this one. We’ll have to dedicate May the 4th to him next year.

I was racking my brain quite hard trying to think of something I hadn’t made yet for Star Wars Day. These are great because they can be made with a bunch of leftovers, whether you shape them like the Falcon, Tie Fighter or a regular old pasty, they are wonderfully tasty.

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

A few years back, I was given a bunch of Star Wars cooking and baking stuff like cookie cutters, pancake moulds, and sandwich cutters. Over the 4 years, I have pretty much used all those for May the 4th. Check out my cookies, the tartlets and my star from last year, The Millennium Falcon cake. This year I used the sandwich cutters that come in two shapes, a Tie fighter and the Millennium Falcon. I cut out rich, butter pastry and stuffed it with a spicy, potato and chicken filling. These are fantastic. 

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies~Star Wars Day

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Serves: 10-12

A curried chicken and potato pasty in the shape of the Millennium Falcon
Ingredients
  • Pastry
  • 2 ¼ cups/330g all purpose/plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons/170g butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 5-6 tablespoons cold water
  • [b]Curried Chicken and Potato Filling
  • 2 cups leftover cooked chicken, small dice
  • 2 potatoes, medium gold potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 3 teaspoon garam masala mix or curry mix
  • ½ teaspoon ginger. minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic.minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Pastry
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour and salt and pulse to mix.
  3. Add the butter cubes.
  4. Run the processor and break up the butter to the size of peas.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons water and vinegar and process until dough starts to hold together.
  6. Check to see if the dough holds when pinched together.
  7. Add more water if it doesn't hold.
  8. Amount of water used does depend on the dryness if the flour and even the humidity in the air.
  9. Roll the dough into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  10. Filling:
  11. Place the cooked chicken, boiled, mashed potatoes, curry mix powder, garlic, ginger and the cilantro in a bowl and mix together.
  12. Add salt to taste.
  13. Keep aside until it's time to roll the pastry.
  14. Preheat oven to 400F/200C
  15. Once dough is chilled, time to cut out the shapes.
  16. You can make paper templates or use the Star Wars sandwich cutters that I used.
  17. These are available from Williams-Sonoma (may not be available anymore)
  18. Or just cut out using a saucer or biscuit cutter to get small disc of pastry.
  19. If using the sandwich cutters, you will get enough 20-24 shapes after you re-roll the pastry a couple of times, to make 10-12 pies.
  20. Roll out the dough to about ⅛-¼ inch.
  21. I used the MF cutter and by pressing down on the cutter, I could cut out the shape of the MF pastry.
  22. The Tie Fighter is a bit smaller when you cut using the cutter.
  23. For the Tie Fighter, I used the cutter as a template and cut around it with a sharp knife.
  24. If you wont have these cutters, just cut out circles using a small plate, or draw your own Star Wars templates.
  25. Once all the cut outs are done, it's time to fill.
  26. Place about a teaspoon or two on pastry cut out.
  27. Place the top cut out over the filling.
  28. Press around gently but firmly to seal.
  29. Add a dab of water around the edges if you have trouble sealing.
  30. Use a fork to seal the tartlet.
  31. Repeat with the other cut outs.
  32. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the fridge to chill a few minutes.
  33. Allow to chill about 10-15 minutes.
  34. Brush the tops with an egg yolk or heavy cream
  35. Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until nice and golden brown on top.
  36. Allow to cool slightly on a rack.
Notes
The filling makes a double batch. Either halve it to make 12 meat pies or make another batch of pastry dough and make extra. They will freeze nicely.

Millennium Falcon Meat Pies

Even though it’s May the 4th today, I won’t be able to have our usual Star Wars marathon. I have an event tonight and am busy cooking for a bunch of people. I’ll stop and have a break and enjoy a pie maybe.

Have a wonderful week and if you will be enjoying Star Wars tonight, watch one for me! 

  1. oi.. I can’t read the fine type.

    bold it a touch eh!

    Nice falcons! You still can’t have my 1980 vintage Kenner version…

  2. These are so very cute and creative!! Your curried chicken and potato filling sounds delicious too. I grew up loving Star Wars and May 4 is our wedding anniversary although Star Wars didn’t factor into the planning at all. But, all the Star Wars enthusiasm on that day is definitely something to marvel at (pun intended!). Fun post 🙂

  3. Nazneen:
    You always make spectacular treats to celebrate Star Wars Day. These Falcon Pies are not an exception!
    I still remember how much love and admiration I used to have for Wonder Woman, my fave superhero as a child. I was so happy to see her again in Batman versus Superman. I hope Marvel features her again in other movies. Sending you hugs.

  4. Oh Nazneen…….don’t de-friend me! But I’ve yet to see one Star Wars movie! On the other hand, I could easily devour a dozen of these meat pies! So creative and clever to use your special cookie cutters to make the pastry shell. But it’s the filling that sounds devine! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! : )
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  5. Well, these are just brilliant! How fun! Mark and I have yet to see the new movie, so you have inspired us to rent it as soon as we can. (Is it even available yet?)

    It’s so nice having you (and your recipes) back!
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  6. I watched the last one on a plane and wish I’d seen it on a big screen. I thought it was fun and restored my faith in the franchise after it lost it’s way. I’m a huge fan of pies in any shape or form – and chicken curry ones in particular. I’d love to have a bunch of these in the freezer for emergency snack attacks.
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    • Thanks, Karen! I’m glad you have someone to keep you apprised of all that’s Star Wars! It’s important you know ? Are we doing lunch soon? I’ll message you.

  7. I’m not a big Star Wars fan but the meat pies look cool! I have to try them out 🙂

  8. Happy Star Wars Day! I was wondering whether you’d be doing something this year (loved everything you did in years past), and you didn’t disappoint. This is wonderful! Very creative. And tasty. 🙂 Thanks so much.
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    • You know me, John! Come hell or high water or total immobility on my part… I will remember Star Wars Day! Thanks for your lovely comment and May the 4th be with you ?