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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Speedy Beef and Vegetable Pie - for Random Recipes #45

This month we are rifling through our magazine cuttings for Random Recipes, the challenge run by Dominic at Belleau Kitchen.  I have all but given up buying magazines as I can find recipes on the internet with so much more ease.  However, a couple of weeks ago I had a little time to kill in the supermarket and so was drawn to browse through the cooking magazines.  Eat in is a new magazine for me and I was drawn to the Comfort Food on a Budget.  This mag has been sitting around on the dining room table, so I picked it up and it opened at this Speedy Beef and Vegetable Pie.

Speedy Beef and Vegetable Pie
Serves 4-6
1 tbsp veg or olive oil
1 onion chopped
500g beef mince
500g frozen mixed vegetables (I didn't have any so used diced carrots)
25g onion gravy powder (didn't have any of that either,  substitute tbsp flour and beef stock cube)
320g sheet puff pastry
Milk for brushing (I used a beaten egg)

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/ Gas 7.  Grease a 20cm square ovenproof dish (more deviation from me!).  Heat the oil in a saucepan over a high heat. Saute the onion for 3 minutes or until softened.  Add the mince and cook for 3 minutes or until browned.
2. Add the vegetables, gravy powder and 125mil hot water. (If using flour add a tbsp of flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes to cook out the starch, crumble in the stock cube then add the water.) Cook stirring for 3 minutes or until the sauce is thick. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and set aside to cool for at least 5 minutes but longer if you can.
3. Place the pastry sheet over the mince to cover. Tuck the overhanging pastry inwards to form a border around the inside edge of the dish. Score the top of the pastry with a sharp knife.  Brush with milk.  Bake for 15 minutes or until browned.  Serve the pie with herbed mash or vegetables.  I served my pie with slow cooked Braised Red Cabbage.

The pie was excellent, it always surprises me what seems to hit the mark on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but this pie was definitely a hit!

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At 11 November 2014 at 09:00 , Blogger Unknown said...

Pies are such a massive social media hit aren't they? Pies and cake anyway I think it's the comfort food aspect and of course all that lovely pastry. Nice to know about a new magazine too. Thanks so much for the entry to random recipes xx

At 11 November 2014 at 21:37 , Blogger Deon said...

Yay for quick and easy pies! It's look yum.

At 12 November 2014 at 09:26 , Blogger Unknown said...

When I saw this under speedy I had a little giggle as I always think of anything with pastry as fitting in the fancy category. In my household, speedy is a scrambled egg on toast so I might have to take a leaf out of your book and expand my horizons (if not my waistline). Looks delicious

At 12 November 2014 at 09:55 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ahh, now after praising you for pastry making, I have learnt the secret. I do love a good pie.

At 12 November 2014 at 11:03 , Anonymous Lou, Eat Your Veg said...

I do love a pie, but they can be overly time consuming and off-putting to make for that reason. Great idea to do a speedy one like this, and no doubt it was exceptionally tasty and the perfect comfort food fill!.

At 12 November 2014 at 13:42 , Blogger GG said...

Lovely looking pie and so quick too. I love Dom's Random Recipe challenges they always produce such interesting dishes. GG

At 12 November 2014 at 21:38 , Blogger Janice said...

You are welcome Dom.

At 12 November 2014 at 21:38 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Deon.

At 12 November 2014 at 21:40 , Blogger Janice said...

I know what you mean Madeleine, not as speedy as scrambled egg but there's nothing like a bit of cheating with puff pastry and it's about as quick as a pie is going to get!

At 12 November 2014 at 21:41 , Blogger Janice said...

Ha ha! Life's too short to faff about with puff pastry, my weekends are short enough. I actually rolled the bought pastry out thinner than the sheet and it created a much crisper topping, so will do that again.

At 12 November 2014 at 21:42 , Blogger Janice said...

I have to say, it tasted pretty good, hope this encourages a wave of pie making!

At 12 November 2014 at 21:43 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Amanda. I love the RR too, glad to be back taking part again.

At 14 November 2014 at 08:57 , Anonymous Alison said...

This looks the perfect comfort food for today when it is wet and miserable


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