Here is another one of my recipes made with beer. As always, I use local products – including beer. And the best suited for this recipe was Waterloo Dark beer, brewed by our local Brick Brewing Company.
I took a bit of time making this – including making my own beef broth. I had a small roast in the freezer that was asking to be used, so I cut it up and used few of the outside pieces to make the broth. Just put in water with salt and a bit of black pepper, bring to boil and boil for about 45 minutes to an hour.
I don’t have to tell you that the pie was out of this world – there really is something special that beer adds to cooking – the meat was tender and all of it was very tasty. Here is the recipe and step by step directions for you:
Beef Pot Pie Made With Beer:
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt – divided into 2
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper – divided
- 1 – 1/2 – 2 lbs. of lean beef stew meat
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 lb. of new potatoes,cubed
- 2 cups of baby carrots – sliced
- 3/4 cup of chopped onion
- 3-4 cups of celery – cut into small pieces
- 1 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 cup of dark beer
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 1 teaspoon of thyme
- Pie crust
For pie crust recipe, check out my Flaky Pastry recipe – easy to make and much better than anything you can buy ready made!
Pot Pie Directions:
Getting all your ingredients together before starting to cook is always a good idea. It makes the task easier and as I always say – you won’t forget or miss anything
If you are using a small roast, cut it up to size you like having in your stew or meat pies. I had a small roast and this is how I cut it, saving the outside pieces to make beef broth.
Just putting few pieces into cold water with salt and a bit of black pepper, bringing it to boil and cooking for 45 minutes to an hour will give good enough broth to use in this recipe.
I cut up baby carrots, celery,onion and fresh mushrooms and mixed them together. I also had some frozen mixed vegetables left in the freezer – they were green bean, cauliflower,broccoli and carrots – I used them as well.
I used small golden baby potatoes and cut them up into serving pieces
Put flour into a disposable plastic bag, add meat and shake to coat the meat pieces well. Don’t do all the meat at the same time – it is easier to coat the pieces of the bag is not full
Once the meat pieces are coated, you will be ready to cook them before adding them to rest of the ingredients
Put oil into a large pan and brown all the flour coated meat pieces
Remove meat from the pan and add beer, broth thyme and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to boil and cook for about 5 minutes
Mix meat pieces and all the vegetables in a caserolle pan and pour beer mixture over it. Bake for 2-1/2 – 3 hours at 350F and then let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes. You can use this time to make your pastry.
Tunr your oven up to 425F. Place crust over the pie, pressing edges to seal. Cut slits in the crust to allow steam to escape and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Cool slightly before serving
I serves our dinner with flaky rolls and the here you have the verdict:
Hope you enjoyed this recipe – please send me your comments, suggestions adn experiences. Your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated