What is a better winter warmer then a meat pie? And my favourite pie to make is a steak and mushroom pie. It was awesome that I was provided a delicious box of locally grown mushrooms – from Ian and Helen Chu’s very-21st-century Majestic Mushrooms farm near Murrumbateman.
- Light-exposed mushrooms naturally generate vitamin D, which enhances calcium absorption and bone strength.
- One serve of vitamin D mushrooms provides a day’s supply of this essential nutrient.
- Vitamin D deficiency is common in Australia, especially during winter and in the southern regions.
- A Sydney University study has shown that mushrooms left in direct midday sunlight can provide 100 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D.
STEAK ROSEMARY AND MUSHROOM POT PIE
500 g rump or chuck steak, cut into 3cm cubes
1 brown onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1-2 carrots, cut into 2cm chunk
3 cups button or field mushrooms, halved or quartered
2-3 tblsp flour
2 cups real stock beef
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 bay leaf
2-3 sheets thawed puff pastry
Preheat oven to 200°C conventional/180°C fan forced.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper and cook until browned on all sides, about 4-5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
Return pan to medium heat, add remaining tablespoon of oil and cook onion for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add garlic and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add the 2-3 tablespoons of flour to pan and cook while stirring for 1 minute.
Add reserved beef, beef stock, rosemary, bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until liquid has reduced slightly and thickened. Remove bay leaf.
Divide mixture between small individual baking dishes or one family sized baking dish.
Now you simply lay pastry over your baking dish/s, being careful to seal edges – I use a fork. Brush the pastry with a little milk. With a small knife make two small slits in pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for 25 minutes, or until pastry is golden and brown on top.
Remove from the oven and stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.