Steak & Mushroom Pot Pies

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Steak & Mushroom Pot Pie

It’s the 1st of August. How is it the 1st of August already? I say it every year and every year I feel like it’s going faster and faster. I sometimes feel overwhelmed at how quickly the years seem to be flying past me. When I was in school I was SO excited when the year’s would fly past because it would mean our December holidays were upon us, but now, I don’t know how I’m going to get everything done I still need to get done this year. But then, this is how I always feel and what doesn’t get done this year, always seems to get done the next year. It is frightening to think that my babies are turning 3 soon. Three! It feels like yesterday when I was lying on the bed watching them play in my tummy.

Steak & Mushroom Pot Pie

Anyway, on to the food. As my beautiful hometown, Pretoria, starts warming up during the day and the smell of Jasmine starts filling the air, I know my favourite season, Spring, is just around the corner. There are a lot of things that make me so happy that I have a permanent smile plastered on my face and my toes curl from utter joy, but Spring has to be pretty much at the top of that list. I love the warm days, cool evenings and watching the trees put on their bright green adornments. It means the season of braai-ing (barbecuing), salads and swimming is almost here.

Steak & Mushroom Pot Pie

But I still need comfort food every now and then and before my second favourite season, Winter, goes away for a while, I need to soak up as much comfort food as I can. After curries, warm pies are my absolute favourite Winter food and these pot pies are sheer perfection. The steak and mushroom stew is rich, meaty and flavourful. If you don’t want to use stewing steak (or chuck steak), you can use beef shin, oxtail or any other stewing beef you happen to have around. Just make sure you remove any bones before putting the mixture into the pie. Nothing worse than munching through a pie only to almost break your tooth on a bone half way through.

Steak & Mushroom Pot Pie

These pies don’t have pastry at the bottom (hence the name: Pot pie) but if you, like me, can never have enough pastry, feel free to put more pastry at the bottom of the baking dish. You can also make mini-pies like I did with my Beef Shin Pie. I served our pot pies with steamed vegetables but I think this would go so well with maple glazed carrots or a simple salad as well.

Makes 4-6 pot pies

1.5kg stewing beef (I used chuck steak cut into chunks, bone removed)
1 large onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
250g mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp each dried thyme, dried rosemary and dried oregano (I like the earthiness of the dried herbs)
2 bay leaves
500ml (2 cups) strong beef stock (alternatively add a heaped tbsp bovril to 500ml water)
1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 50ml milk
salt & pepper to taste
1 roll ready-made puff pastry, rolled out slightly
1 egg, beaten

  • For the filling, brown the beef in a large pot. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pot, fry the onion, carrots and celery sticks until soft and fragrant (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the mushrooms and garlic and fry for 5 minutes before adding the paprika and herbs.
  • Pour in the stock and add the browned beef back into the pot. Stir to combine everything and reduce the heat. Cover the pot and allow the stew to simmer gently for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  • When the meat is really tender (when you press a piece with a spoon it should break apart), turn the heat up and pour in the cornflour mixture. Allow the sauce to simmer rapidly and thicken for about 10 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  • Divide the beef and mushroom filling between 4-6 oven-proof dishes (depending on size).
  • Cut the pastry into squares big enough to cover the dishes, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Brush the rim of the dishes with some of the beaten egg then place the pastry on top and pinch the pastry onto the rim.
  • Cut 2 slits into each pie to allow the steam to escape and brush with the rest of the beaten egg.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is cooked through and golden brown.
  • Remove and serve with vegetables of your choice.

 

Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://theprocrastobaker.blogspot.com/ Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

    This looks perfect..I dont have the words to describe how much I would love to have one of these for dinner right now! Steak pies are my all time favourites, seriously, my last meal would be a pie if i had to choose, and these…look…perfect. Im saving this one and i AM going to make it whether my currently salad-obsessed mother likes it or not! :)

  • Heather P

    This was sooo good! I made this tonight for dinner and plan on working it into our monthly meals. YUM

  • http://www.closetcooking.com/ Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    Those look so good! You really cannot go wrong with tender beef and mushrooms covered in a light and flaky crust like that!

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  • Jenny

    This looks yummy! I love beef and mushrooms, and my family likes pot pies (although how they can eat those pathetic frozen things is beyond understanding). This is a pot pie I could love! (Have to go find some more single-serving oven-proof dishes—I only have two, and I need 6….)

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  • http://laceyfoodbank.org jay burnett

    Thang goodness I have some boneless chuck in the freezer + a package of almost expired Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. This is going to be on the menu tomrrow night. Thanks for this one. I apprecieate and so will he !

  • Yesenia

    What temperature should i set the oven to?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Yesenia, 180°c.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Yesenia, 180 degrees celcius.

  • http://ratedkb.wordpress.com K&B

    This looks delicious !

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  • Linda

    I made these a couple days ago, and they were a big hit with the family!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      I’m so pleased to hear that Linda! They’re a favourite with my family as well.

  • Alison Arsenault

    I made this for supper tonight, I halved the recipe as there were just the two of us. I did not have any puff pastry on hand so just used my regular pie pastry. The aroma while it was simmering on the stove was incredible & the taste was fantastic. It will become a staple in our household. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Alison! :)

  • http://www.learningpeaceinchaos.blogspot.com Dacia

    Can this be done in a 9×13 pan and just cut and served? I know it wouldn’t be ideal, but I don’t have smaller pans like those individualized ones. How would the cooking time be affected or would it just not work?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Most definitely. Cook it until the pastry is golden brown and crisp, probably around 30-45 mins?

  • http://www.learningpeaceinchaos.blogspot.com Dacia

    Is there anything I can substitute for “corn flour”. Our grocery store doesn’t carry that? I have corn starch, bread flour, whole wheat flour, and regular flour.

    • TC

      Corn flour and corn starch are the same thing :)

  • Jamie

    Quick question…Can you freeze this before you bake it??

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Jamie, absolutely!

    • brandyspeonk

      Jamie and Alida, I would like to ad a suggestion. I would leave off the puff pastry before I freeze it. Since I’m sure we’re all using frozen puff pastry, it’s just a defrost the filling and the pastry and it’s done. You can freeze the filling in the pots you intend to use to cook in if you can or just freeze in one container and when defrosted put in the pots you’re going to use and put the pastry on top. I just think the dough gets a bit gummy after it’s defrosted and refrozen. That’s my experience with the pastry and it doesn’t ad any extra work. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow Alida!!

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  • http://butterandyolk.com Jenna

    I have now made this recipe four times in a month since I found it. I use herbs de provence and a smoked spicy paprika and my house has never smelled this good! I may have to mention you and this recipe on Butter&Yolk! Well done!!! My husband thanks you too!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Jenna, I’m so glad you like it! :)

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  • Kdrn

    Did anyone else have to add significantly more liquid to braise the meat? I had to triple the liquid. 3 lbs meat, 2cup liquid, and 2 hours cooking didn’t add up for me. Besides that, this recipe is fantastic. This will be made again and again on this house. Thanks.

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      I haven’t gotten that complaint before but thanks for letting me know. Glad you liked it! :)

  • Btf

    I’m thinking about this for St. Paddy’s Day, but may add some Guiness to the braising liquid for a beef and Guiness pie. Has anyone tried this?

  • Jelena

    I found your recipe on Pinterest and it was SO SO delicious! I ended up making one giant pie (as opposed to individual ones) and put a puff pastry on the bottom as well as top (cause I just like having the doughy goodness on both ends) and it was simply delicious!

    I actually reviewed this recipe on my blog. You can find the review here http://www.2girlsandapin.com/2-girls-and-a-pin-tested-steak-and-mushroom-pot-pie/

    Thanks so much for an amazing recipe!

    Take care,

    Jelena

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it Jelena! Thanks for the lovely post!

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  • Maggie Conlon Martin

    Had this tonight. Unbelievably delicious!!!

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Thanks Maggie! Glad you liked it.

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    Absolutely!

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  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    Yum! That sounds great!

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