As a mom now, cooking dinner seems to be a fine balance between getting your kids to eat what you are having (as closely as possible) yet still making them something that they will eat. Not something you appreciate as a kid, but now, trying to figure these things out, you do. My kids are still too young for this dish, but maybe in a few years, they will have their own version of it that they like.
You do need to plan some time into your day for this, as it takes a few hours to cook. The trade off though, is that you can buy the stew meat at a lower price and save some money!
What you need:
1/3 c flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 small onion, diced
1 c dry red wine
1/2 c strong beef stock
2 Tbsp port
blatterteig (puff pastry)
mushrooms (if using)
The first time I made this, I didn't have any red wine, only port from a recipe I'd made a while back, so I used all port. It had a very strong flavor, but wasn't bad. The second time, I did as directed, but it didn't taste quite as good. I think I will try it again with a different wine, but a smaller amount, and some more port. I'll get back to you with the results.
This is another of the 'make in a bag' variety of recipes. Yay for low cleanup!
(I've been buying all mine from Ikea - there are 4 different sizes, you get a bunch, and they're less expensive than the grocery stores. Plus they come in fun colors. What's no to love?)
Shake the bag to mix the ingredients.
Add the meat, shake to coat well.
Pour into a 6 cup deep pie dish (I used a baking dish)
Cover with foil, shiny side down
Take off the foil and stir the port into the meat.
If making one large pie, you can use a pie funnel, or inverted china egg cup in the center of the meat to support the pastry.
Dampen the rim of the bowl with some water and place your thin strip around it. Add a little more water, and place the pastry 'lid' on top. Since it was Christmas time, I used cookie cutters to cut out a penguin and a Tree decoration for the pie top. If using any decorations or trimmings, place those now as well.
Brush with a beaten egg to give it a nice golden color as it bakes.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.
Here is the one with the penguin
and a close up of the Christmas tree.