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Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie

Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie

Dinner time. Family dinner time. My turn to cook. We had some sirloins thawed. Wifey was planning Tacos, but I had a pie in my head for some reason. I have no idea why, but I did. And that is how I created this bad boy, including a quirky twist as you will see. 100% #BillWallaceFriendly as all ingredients were from the freezer and fridge including the veggies and even the pastry.

Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie

Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie
What surprises lurk beneath that crispy pastry…?
Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie
Oh, you beauty. Memories of Mum and Nan’s pies back home. Comfort food on steroids. If only it was snowing and cold outside and we had the fire alight…

This really is so simple to do so I’ll just give you a 1, 2, 3 explanation – I promise it really is easy.

I used my big cast-iron French pot as that is perfect for stewing/braising;

  1. 3 sirloin steaks – I cut off the fat, tenderised them and cut to cubes
  2. Drizzle a little oil into the pot
  3. On the hob and fry off the steak cubes to sear the meat – stop when charred
  4. Add in;
    • 1 pint of beef stock
    • Tbsp finely chopped garlic
    • 2 cleaned and sliced leeks – white part only
    • 1 punnet of quartered button mushrooms – I trimmed the stalks 1st
    • 4 cleaned and sliced carrots
    • 1 peeled and sliced white onion
    • 2 Tbsp Soya sauce
    • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 10 squares of high cocoa content chocolate (I used 90%)
    • A good pinch of sea salt & cracked black pepper
  5. Pop the lid on the pot and throw that in a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees for 2 hours
  6. At the same time boil up some cleaned & quartered potatoes until par-boiled and no resistance when you push a fork in
  7. Drain them and pour into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and give a good sprinkle of sea salt & cracked black pepper – in the oven with the pot
  8. Roast the potatoes until golden brown and crisp
  9. Take a baking tray and pour in the stew mix – if a little dry add in some more water
  10. Arrange the roast potatoes on top of the stew mix (I told you there was a quirky twist here)
  11. Roll out some defrosted puff pastry and lay that over the pie mix and potatoes and push on to the rim of the baking tray to seal it
  12. Brush with egg wash and pop that back in the oven
  13. All you are doing now is cooking the pastry – so remove the pie when nice and golden – just like the picture
  14. Get that on a hot plate and get serving…

This was crazy good. The family dug in hard and finished the lot. Like everything. Comparisons were given to steak and ale pies. I like that. Memories came flooding back of dinners with Mum and Nan back in the UK day when I was a kid. Cold and raining, cold and sleet, cold and snowing. Oven open in the kitchen to keep it warm. Eating pies and chatting. Those were the days. And this pie took me back there. So good. Beef Stew & Roast Potato Pie. The potatoes in the pie twist were quite genius actually. It really worked well. Bloody delicious recipe – ENJOY!!!

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