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beef leftover pot pie

a recipe by
Jayne Cagle Combs
Pleasant Hill, CA

I had left over carne asada and prime rib roast. Tired of eating tacos and beef I decided to try a pot pie. Any time I have any leftover meat I'm going to make this!

serves 6
prep time 1 Hr 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For beef leftover pot pie

  • 2 1/2 lb
    leftover meat chopped into small cubes
  • 1
    medium white onion
  • 4
    cloves of garlic (med-large)
  • 3 stalk
    celery chopped
  • 1 pkg
    sliced mushrooms. you can buy them whole and just slice them yourself. about 10 mushrooms.
  • 5
    small gold potatoes chopped to bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 c
    frozen mixed vegetables (usually have peas and carrots mixed with other vegetables)
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried rosemary
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 c
    dry sherry
  • 3 c
    water and more if needed
  • 3 Tbsp
    heaping better than bouillian organic low sodium beef bouillion. if you don't have this use beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour (mixed with water to be used as a thickener)
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    olive or avocado oil
  • 1
    puff pastry thawed and rolled out
  • 1
    egg plus 1 tablespoon of water
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar, firmly packed

How To Make beef leftover pot pie

  • 1
    You will need a dutch oven or stock pot and ramekins. Prepare your garlic, mushrooms, celery, and onions. Most likely your meat is already seasoned. If you are not using left overs, salt and pepper your meat.
  • 2
    Put some oil in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. If you are NOT using leftover meat, this is the time you would brown your meat and then remove them to cook the vegetables. You would need to add more oil to cook your vegetables. If you ARE using leftover meat, use low-med heat add onions and saute them until they are soft and translucent. Add the garlic and saute for about 2 minutes longer. You may need to lower heat when you add garlic so it doesn't burn. It will depend on your stove.
  • 3
    Add celery and mushrooms to the pot and continue to saute for 2 more minutes.
  • 4
    Add Rosemary, Thyme, and tomato paste and stir. Add some salt and pepper to the vegetable mixture. Stir and cook about 30 more seconds.
  • 5
    Add meat back to the pot. Pour in the dry sherry and the 3 cups of water and Better then Bouillon low sodium beef bouillon. Stir and bring to a boil
  • 6
    Add the brown sugar and bay leaf. If you are NOT using leftover meat, cover the pot and simmer on low for 1 hour. If you ARE using leftover meat, cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes and adding more water and bouillon if needed.
  • 7
    Depending if you are using fresh meat or leftovers, add potatoes after the above time of simmering. Continue to cover and simmer on low until potatoes can be penetrated by a fork easily. Depending on how big your chunks are could be 15-30 minutes. Check often.
  • 8
    Add the flour (be sure to dilute it first in water) to the stew/broth. Add the frozen vegetables and turn off the burner. Stir and taste to see if you need to add any more salt or pepper or water.
  • 9
    Once you like the consistency and taste, cover the pot and begin to prepare your ramekins. Preheat over to 400. Roll out puff pastry and cut out the dough to fit over the ramekin. Be sure to leave enough so you can press it down into the ramekin to meet the stew/broth and enough to press on to the ramekin's edge. Once you have cut out the tops get a ladle and stir the pot. Yes this time stirring the pot is ok lol. And begin to transfer the stew/broth into the ramekins filling it close to the top.
  • 10
    Place puff pastry dough on top of each ramekin and carefully pressing it down to meet the stew. Pinch it to the sides of the ramekin to prevent shrinking. Then take a sharp knife and put just a couple of slits in it to release the heat. Brush the pastry lightly with the egg wash. Place on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and place on bottom rack. It will be ready once the crust is golden brown. 15-25 minutes depending on your oven. Once it is done, let it sit for 10 min to cool down some. It will be very hot.