Friday, July 8, 2016

Beef Steak Pie

This 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 pie. 

Yes 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 ingredients.

2lbs Chuck roast cut into 1-2 inch pieces
1 onion chopped
1 pkg fresh button mushrooms
1 cup beef STOCK
3 Tbs cake flour
½ tsp thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1 tube of crescent dough
1 egg for egg wash
Then Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Cut the onion and mince the garlic. Rinse the mushrooms well and drain.
Cut beef into cubes. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef, in batches, transferring to bowl using slotted spoon.

Add 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)

Spray 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.

With 30 minutes 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.

Using the wax paper to hold the dough, invert carefully on the baking dish, then peel the paper off.

Brush with an egg wash and return to oven for final 30 minutes without foil. Check the meat with a thermometer, it should be at least 160 degrees.

You have plenty of time to fix the mashed potatoes while this cooks.
Place 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 egg yolk.
Serve with a green vegetable side dish. Slave chose to saute some fresh broccoli with cherry tomatoes for a well balanced color combination.

What 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.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


Dan White


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