It shall be this one's duty to offer recipes and menus. These will be easy to follow, and tested to be good enough that a slave would allow his Master to serve it to Master's Guests and reflect only the best of his Master.
For far worse than Master's anger is Master's disappointment.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Beef Steak Pie
recipe was taken from a 1739 cookbook. Of course modern updates were
required for today's kitchen yet the Revolutionary War Period taste
are approximated. Some people today would add mixed vegetables to
this but then it becomes more of a Shepard's pie than a true beef
it is another typical English dish for tonight. Master Indy is on a
business trip there. This baked meat pie is very easy and only a few
Chuck roast cut into 1-2 inch pieces
pkg fresh button mushrooms
cup beef STOCK
& pepper to taste
tube of crescent dough
egg for egg wash
Preheat the oven to 275
the onion and mince the garlic. Rinse the mushrooms well and drain.
beef into cubes. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Brown beef, in batches, transferring to bowl using slotted spoon.
onions and mushrooms; cook until liquid is evaporated, about 15
minutes. Sprinkle with 3 Tbs flour; cook, stirring, for 1
minute. Stir in the beef stock. Season with thyme and stir until
thickened. (It should be VERY thick)
a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spoon in the beef and pour the gravy/mushroom
mixture over. Cover tightly with foil and place in oven for about
1 hour to the pound of beef.
to go, remove meat dish from oven. Raise heat to 375.
Remove foil. Lay
out a piece of wax paper and unroll the crescent dough on that.
the wax paper to hold the dough, invert carefully on the baking dish,
then peel the paper off.
with an egg wash and return to oven for final 30
foil. Check the meat
with a thermometer, it should be at least 160
have plenty of time to fix the mashed potatoes while this cooks.
cut up potatoes in water and bring to boil for 20 minutes.
Drain well. Dump into a large bowl and mash with a hand masher
adding the butter and half & half a little at a time so you can
control the consistency. When it feels like you want it, stir in the
with a green vegetable side dish. Slave chose to saute some fresh
broccoli with cherry tomatoes for a well balanced color combination.
a wonderful meal! Slave just loves to bury myself into cooking by
hand whenever outside pressures mount. It is a centering that allows
a better prospective on any problem.