Beef and Mushroom Pie

beef and mushroom pie

If not by now, at least by the end of this post, you should be of the same opinion as me. Mother Winter is not to be hidden from at the door like some collector of charity but invited in and given a warm embrace for the opportunities she brings.

I made this for lunch during my long weekend holiday down South using the leftover pot roast from the night before. It is a dish of great ease. An account, vary at will:

Sauteed a finely sliced leek in some olive oil, added a chopped carrot, added some chopped field mushrooms, added the chopped up leftover beef from last night (if you don’t have this just chop up and brown some uncooked meat), added half a couple of glasses of red wine, a bay leaf, a sprig of freshly chopped rosemary, and a dozen peppercorns. Brought to a boil. Covered ingredients with beef stock and allowed to simmer for 10 minutes (or water just leave to simmer a little longer – it should bemore or less how you like it before you put it in the oven). Heated half a cup of stock and added teaspoon by teaspoon of cornflour until it became a paste. Added to the mix, stirred in well, and added to the pot. Taken off heat and transferred to a ceramic dish. Cut out a circle of puff pastry to fit, placed on top, made an half-arsed attempt at a decoration with the leftover bits, brushed with the very last scraps of butter and placed in a 180C oven for 30 minutes (until the top is golden), and served.

Yes I enjoyed it. A thicker crust would have given greater gravy soaking joy and more butter would have given a more golden glaze but otherwise, it would be hard to go wrong here.


Foodists! Tired of preaching to the converted? Buck Fudd has a “kitchen cupboard full of healthgiving but unfulfilled grains and pulses” and is in need of advice. Go! Share! – Buck Fudd’s Blues: Bucking Hungry.
[thanks Robert Corr]

8 comments

  1. bramble’s avatar

    Mmm… Making me wish it was winter here again. And if that was half-arsed, a two-cheek would be award-winning.

  2. Anthony’s avatar

    Oh Bramble, you’re the living end, no buts about it.

  3. Sue’s avatar

    Fork yeh! Bring it on Winter! So far, I’ve made mashed potato chicken slops, pumpkin pasta cheesy bake, beef and mushroom pie in small rammekins with pastry, pumpkin soup….hmmm, maybe lamb shankies next!

  4. Anthony’s avatar

    Shankie Pankie! Winter’s the best for food. I’m not a salad guy.

    Hey bramble’s gone and helped Buck!

  5. Reid’s avatar

    Hi Anthony,

    Did you make the puff pastry yourself? I’d eat this if it was still cold here. Unfortunately for me, it hot as fark! LOL!

  6. Anthony’s avatar

    Unfortunately for me, it hot as fark!

    In Australia we say hot as buggery. Don’t know what that says about us.

    Nah didn’t make the puff pastry, I’m a complete novice at the dark arts of pastry.

  7. deborah’s avatar

    its like a warm embrace that pie.

  8. Anthony’s avatar

    but with extra dry cleaning bills.

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