Last night I cooked dinner for some friends, and since its winter here in South Africa, I wanted something tasty, hot and delicious, Steak and Mushroom Pie. To make it different I used a gravy recipe that I would normally marinate and cook Greek Lamb. Holy Moly! Everyone begged for the recipe. Here it is! enjoy !!
Ingredients for 6 people:
2 Kg good Stewing steak such as Blade Steak or Soft Shin cut in cubes
(In a large bowl put a c cup flour, 2Tbs of Aromat and 2 Tablespoons Ground Black Pepper dry mix and mix the meat cubes to coat well)
2 Medium Onions peeled and sliced
1 Packet button mushrooms
3 or 4 medium sized carrots peeled and sliced
Next: Ingredients for Gravy
Make 450 Mls Gravy:
1 Heaped Tablespoon gravy powder
1 Oxo cube if you have
1 Tablespoon Bovril
1 Teaspoon dried Rosemary
Te Teaspoon oregano
1 Teaspoon Crushed fresh garlic or ready made
1 Teaspoon dry Mustard powder
2 Teaspoons Black pepper
50 Mls Lemon juice
Add 450 ml Boiling water and stir until ready (the mixture may seem thin for gravy but it will thicken when added later to the coated meat cubes) – Set aside the gravy
Select a big but fairly deep casserole pan (Cast Iron with lid is best)
Put just enough Olive oil or Sunflower oil in the pan to coat the bottom, heat up to fairly hot and now brown the coated meat in 2 or 3 batches turning quickly until until seared and nicely browned – Take out of the pan and lay away.
Add a little more oil if necessary to the pan and over a medium heat fry the Onion rings and Carrot slices until the Onions are fairly soft and opaque
Now add the browned meat cubes and mix thoroughly with the Onion and carrots and pour in the 450 Mls gravy mix and gently stir the mix.
Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer, at this stage I add my favorite ingredient – 200 Mls red wine … Yeah!
Put the lid on and simmer nicely for 2 to 3 hours checking Quite often to ensure that the gravy is not thickening too much, if it is add a little more water or more Red Wine … Yeah!
Lastly about 30 Minutes before finish – Add the mushrooms and stir in – Should be plenty for 6 and some to freeze for another supper for 2.
Pastry, I just use a Pkt of TODAY Ready Rolled Puff Pastry. No need to roll, just cut into squares, lay on a pan greased
With margarine, brush with beaten egg and bake in hot oven 220 for + – 20 mins or until nicely reven and light brown
Suggestion: Serve with Mashed Potato and shredded white cabbage boiled in 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water. I usually crisp 3 or 4 rashers of bacon break them up and add to cage before cooking it really is delicious!