Celebration Pies!

It’s National Pie Week in the UK from 2 – 8 March. So being a POM myself, and with the cooler weather on the horizon in Canberra, we thought we’d celebrate Pie Week and check out some winter menu meals at the same time; there’s not much beats hearty and warming than a good home-made pie!

Individual beef and red wine pie

Individual beef and red wine pie

Check out our awesome (and warming) chicken, beef, and lamb pie recipes below—all ingredients are for two small pies.

We make our pies in individual dishes and put the pastry on the top. We also use gluten free flour for the pastry, corn flour to thicken the sauces, and use fresh and organic veggies and meat. Pies are also a great way to use left-over roast meat and veggies. The dish on the left has a lid for times when you don’t want, or don’t have time, to make the pastry top.

Individual pie dishes

Individual pie dishes

First up—pie pastry

Believe it or not I learnt to make pastry in high school and have carried this knowledge with me ever since! This recipe is so easy and makes a great pie topping. The secret to a good short crust pastry is cold—cold butter, cold water, and cold hands.

What you need

1 cup SR gluten free flour

1 large knob butter (real butter)

Cold water

What you do

Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the water slowly and mix until the pastry forms a doughy texture. Sprinkle some flour on your pastry board and knead the dough until you have a nice round ball. Cut in half and either shape or roll out each half to fit the pie dish. We prefer to shape rather than roll as you get a better texture and you can do fancy pinching round the edges.

Chicken, leek and mushroom pie

Pie FB chicken and leek 2

What you need

1 small chicken fillet or ½ large fillet cut into small pieces

1 leek—washed, trimmed (remove the green leaves) and sliced

2 large button mushrooms—sliced

Olive oil

1 tablespoon corn flour

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

What you do

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Heat the oil in a frypan and add the leek and mushrooms. Sauté until the leek is soft, then add the chicken and cook until just brown. Set aside. Place the corn flour and milk into a jug and mix well. Return the frypan to the heat and slowly add the sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Heat until the sauce thickens and put the mixture into the pie dishes. Put the pastry lids on top and brush the pastry with milk so it browns nicely. Heat for around 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Serve with fresh veggies and enjoy!

Beef and red wine pies

Pie beef and red wine

The secret to a good beef pie is to use really good quality meat, either a nice piece of sirloin, porterhouse, or tender rump steak. You won’t get a nice tender pie if you use cheap cuts; leave them for slow cooking.

What you need

300 grams lean beef cut into small cubes

2 large button mushrooms—sliced

1 beef stock cube

1 cup red wine—either a full-bodied Claret or Shiraz

Corn flour to thicken

Fresh ground black pepper

What you do

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Heat the oil in a frypan and add the beef cubes. Cook until just brown and add the sliced mushrooms. Set aside. Place the corn flour, the crumbled stock cube, and red wine into a jug and mix well. Return the frypan to the heat and slowly add the sauce and ground pepper to taste. Heat until the sauce thickens and put the mixture into the pie dishes. Put the pastry lids on top and brush the pastry with milk so it browns nicely. Heat for around 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. This is great served with roast sweet potato and pumpkin!

Moroccan Lamb pie

Pie Moroccan lamb

This is an awesome warming and spicy pie, and a great way to use left-over veggies. We serve our Moroccan pies with a couscous and lentil mix.

What you need

300 grams lamb steak—trimmed and cut into small cubes OR 300 grams lean lamb mince

1 carrot*—cubed

1 small piece pumpkin*—cubed

½ cup peas*

1 tablespoon Moroccan spice mix

1 tablespoon corn flour

1 cup water

*or use left-over veggies if you have them

What you do

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Boil (or steam) the carrot and pumpkin until soft and set aside. Heat the oil in a frypan, add the lamb and cook until brown then add the carrot, pumpkin and peas and warm through. Set aside. Place the Moroccan spice, corn flour and water into a jug and mix well. Return the frypan to the heat and slowly add the sauce. Heat until the sauce thickens and put the mixture into the pie dishes. Put the pastry lids on top and brush the pastry with milk so it browns nicely. Heat for around 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Enjoy!

beefwinepie2

 

What’s your favourite pie? Share your recipes with our blog!

 

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