Thursday, July 21, 2011

Steak and Kidney Pie

There is just nothing like a nice piece of kidney! Or is there? Okay, so eating a kidney may not sound like the most appetizing thing in the world, but as I am willing to try anything, you can bet I decided to sink my teeth into some of those bad boys! And guess what?? To my surprise, I actually liked it! Granted, I did eat it mixed in with other flavors and meats, but still, I was definitely pleasantly surprised.


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!
Ingredients:
-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
-Olive oil
-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.

Directions:
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!

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20 comments:

  1. An awesome pie, it looks perfectly savory and delicious!

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  2. I'm gonna go ahead and say "BLEH!". You are so brave!

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  3. This looks delicious! I would eat a steak and kidney-less pie...but I'm going to England next year for a month - and plan to try it and everything else!...you have opened my mind on this one!

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  4. I WANT to like kidney because steak and kidney pie smell so fantastic when it's cooking. I also love the mustard and cream sauce that accompany kidneys in a local restaurant but the actual kidneys themselves - maybe it's a texture thing or maybe it's what James Joyce says about them. Your pie looks amazing so maybe I need to try them again!

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  5. Ick! But good for you being adventurous enough to give it a whirl. I think for doing all things British I would have to stick with tea and scones I just can't get down with organs.

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  6. Hahaha I love that... "get down with organs!" Yeah, I definitely had a hard time when I bought the kidneys and realized what I was about to do, but I was determined to stick it out!!

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  7. This sounds delicious!! Gorgeous pie too :)

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  8. We actually just had our first steak and kidney pies in May when we went to England for a friend's wedding. We too were pleasantly surprised :) Buzzed!

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  9. You are a braver baker than I am! I am so impressed that you made this. I have never been to England, but have often thought that I would have to try this if I ever went.

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  10. I, too, like kidneys! They taste good! I've never had them in a pie, but I am sure I would totally love it!

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  11. I haven't had this in years! Time to change this. This looks absolutely delicious and will certainly bring back happy memories.

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  12. I've never tried kidney. I would eat it if someone else made it or I saw it on a menu, but I don't think I could cook it myself. haha

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  13. It looks good, but I don't know, taking anatomy and knowing what goes on the kidneys, makes me shudder a little

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  14. hahaha yeah the kidneys definitely made me freak out a bit, but the pie was good! Just had to pretend I wasn't eating them! :)

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  15. Well done on being so adventurous and making this! The thought of eating kidney's always puts me off but I'm sure in a pie with steak they add a lot of flavour. As I live in the UK I've got absolutely no excuse for not trying them!

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  16. I have never had kidney. I have had liver and dont care for it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  17. Your crust looks amazing! And you are braver than I am...I'm with Ann...a steak and kidney-less pie is more my speed ;)

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  18. Kidneys are not for me but I surely like the outcome of the baked pie, esp seeing the piece that has been sliced.

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  19. Wow, you rock! I can work with a lot in the kitchen....but I don't know if I want to work with lamb kidney's? The pie looks, and sounds great! I wanted to try it after hearing about it on Harry Potter movie. Take care, Terra

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  20. Yummy, love this pie, thanks for sharing this.

    Simon

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