Beef Pies

These are excellent for picnics because they’re portable and they’re good both hot and at room temp. And they’re great for either weekday dinners or dinner parties – puff pastry seems to have that effect. They’re one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world.

1 package of frozen puff pastry

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 red onion, diced

1 pound beef, cubed

1 cup beef stock

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons butter

1.) Thaw the puff pastry at room temp for an hour.

2.) Cook the onion in the oil until just translucent. Add the beef and brown well.

3.) Add the wine, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

4.) While the beef is simmering, make a beurre manie by smooshing the flour into the butter with a fork until the butter absorbs all the flour. This will thicken your sauce.

5.) When the beef is finished cooking, remove from the heat and whisk in the beurre manie.

6.) For a standard box of frozen puff pastry, you should get 6 individual beef pies. Seperate each section, and cut these in half short-ways. Spoon a dollop of beef on a layer of pastry, top with a second layer, and then seal the edges with a fork .

7.) Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400.

 

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