So why did I decide to try a slice of steak and kidney pie? Well, first off, I am obsessed with anything related to the UK, and seeing as how this is definitely more of a British dish, it was on my "to eat" list. Second, I am usually pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and apparently kidneys were not enough to drive me away. And finally, because as most of you have figured out by now, I am in love with the Harry Potter books. Yes, in love. Therefore, since steak and kidney pie is one of the many dishes enjoyed in the Harry Potter books, I knew right away that I would have to someday eat the stuff!
Steak and Kidney Pie
|Mmm, lamb kidney!|
A little nauseating to work
with, but it's worth it!
-1 to 1 1/2 pounds chuck steak, diced
-1/2 pound ox or lamb kidney, diced
-1 large onion, chopped
-1 garlic clove, minced
-1 cup beef or chicken stock
-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons tomato paste
-Salt and pepper to taste
-One egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
For the dough:
Use a prepared dough, such as Pillsbury, a recipe of your choice, or my recipe that can be found HERE.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Working in batches, place the chuck steak in a frying pan until browned on the outside. Remove the steak from the pan and set aside. Do the same for the kidneys and set them aside with the steak.
In a medium saucepan, drizzle a little olive oil and sauté the onions until they just start to brown. Add the garlic and sauté only for about 30 seconds.
Stir in the meats, flour, and salt and pepper, and mix well. Slowly add in the broth and tomato paste. The broth should cover the meat, if not, add a little more broth or water to cover. Let simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. The top may need to be skimmed during cooking.
Once the mixture has thickened and the meats are tender, add a little more salt and pepper if needed. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool until it is lukewarm.
Meanwhile, roll out your dough and line a 9 inch round or square baking dish with one half of the dough. Pour in the meat mixture and seal with the other half of the dough. Seal the edges of the pie together and make a few slits on the top of the pie. Place the pie dish on top of a baking pan in case there is any leaking during the cooking process so the pan will catch the drippings and not the bottom of your oven!
Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Allow the pie to cool slightly out of the oven before serving. Enjoy!
This pie is also a featured recipe on Wiki - Thank you so much!