Friday, April 18, 2014

In The Kitchen: MINI BEEF CURRY PIES


Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Salt
1/2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Ketchup
1 Tbsp Oil
3/4 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Onion
2 Small or 1 Large Potato
3 Tbsp Curry
1 Cup Peas
Cooking Spray
1/4 cup Milk

Forgot to include the following items in the picture above!!  I'm so sorry.. I tend to cook as I go along and not according to recipes really. So I don't always remember everything to include in the beginning and it only occurs to me while I'm ACTUALLY cooking.

2 Boxes of Puff Pastry (4 sheets total - forgot to include the 2nd box)
1 Tbsp Garlic
1 Tbsp Ginger


Defrost your two boxes of puff pastry for about 15 mins.


While your puff pastry is defrosting wash, peel and dice your potato and onions.


Add your oil, garlic and ginger into a pan and turn on to med high heat.


Combine your beef, sugar, salt, pepper, soy sauce, ketchup and mix together.


After mixing the beef together add it to your hot pan and fry with the ginger and garlic.


When your beef is almost done cooking add your onions and cook until the onions are clear. Then take the entire beef & onion mixture off the pan and put to the side.

Drain the oil but keep some of it.. just enough for your potatoes.


Add your potato to the pan. 

(BTW Don't wash the pan!  You want all the yummy beef fat lol!)


Add your curry powder.


Stir until your potatoes are evenly coated with the curry powder.


Add about 1/4 cup water to your potatoes.  


Just enough to "steam" your potatoes so they will cook and become soft - add more water if your potatoes are still hard.. the amount of water tend to change depending on the type of potato you use.


Once your potatoes are soft you can add your peas and your beef mixture from earlier.


Combine and then put on a separate plate to cool.  

You'll want the filling to be at room temperature before you start filling the pastry dough otherwise it can "melt" the dough.


Pre-Heat oven 400 Degrees F.

By now your puff pastry should be defrosted so you can pinch together all of the seams.

While you are waiting for your filling to cool you can start to make your pastry shells. Use a cookie cutter if you have one because it's obviously easier or if you're like me and don't have one that's a round shape you can use a container/bowl ect and a knife.

Simply place your container down and press down (mine is about 3.5 inches) and run a knife around the ring of the container.


The crust should come right out in a round shape :)


Repeat until you've made round pastry shells out of the entire sheet of dough.


Peel all of the remaining leftover dough, roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the freezer.


Spray cooking spray onto a baking pan lined w/parchment paper.


And line your pastry shells in a row on the sheet - allow some space in between so they have room to puff and expand.


Add your filling to the center of each circle.


                            I usually do about 2 heaping Tbsp of filling in each pocket.



Once all of your fillings are done take a bit of water and wet the outer "ring" of your puff pastry right around the filling.  This will help seal the top shell to the bottom part of the pie.


Take another pastry shell and put on top of the filling and press down on the edges to seal the outer ring.


Once you've added "tops" to each of your pastry pies and sealed them.  You can do a quick milk wash.  This helps it brown up nicely in the oven.  I know egg is more traditional.. but I just prefer using milk because I don't really think any extra Cholesterol needs to be added to the dish lol!!  And the result is the same with milk :)


If you don't have a brush don't worry!!  

Use a clean paper towel dip it into your milk and pat on your pie pockets.


Now to make your pies look prettier you can use a fork and press down on the pie pockets around the outer edge.

Once you are done you can pop it in the oven for 30 min!


While you are waiting for the 1st batch to bake you can take the leftover pastry dough from earlier out of the freezer.  Add some cornstarch to parchment paper to work with your leftover dough.


You want to put the dough in the freezer to make it cold because otherwise the dough is really hard to work with - it will stick to the rolling pin.  Roll out until you've made a large enough sheet.


And repeat the cutting out process from earlier.


Peel off the remaining dough and return wrapped to the freezer.


Can't help but sneak a peek while they are baking tehehe!


And then repeat assembling your pie pockets - by the time you are done you can take the LAST and final leftover pastry dough out of the freezer.  Roll out and assemble.

There should be EXACTLY the right amount of filling to use up ALL of the pastry dough :)


And your done!


:)


They are the Hubs absolute favorite thing to eat. :)

I like to add a dollop of ketchup on top! :p

If you're being extra naughty serve along side some buttered mashed potatoes!

28 comments:

  1. Yum!! Food posts have become a new favorite of mine from your blog!!! Love them because they actually look like something I can do! sorta!! haha I hope to see a lot more!! :)

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  2. Omg yum!! I have to try this recipe out! Keep the food posts coming. :)


    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  3. Wow this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing you recipes. The gratuitous shot with the broccoli made me laugh. You and you broccoli! I've actually started eating more broccoli because of you!! :)

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  4. Omg, that looks yummy and cute. My kids would love to help w that. I will be giving that a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe Lisa!

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  5. omg!! Lisa i bet your such a fab cook! They look so delish. i love how u serve them with brocolli keep being healthy and balance! i love the crustiness on the top looks NOM!

    www.yoannita90.blogspot.com

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  6. This recipe looks awesome! I'm totally going to try this out with different ingredients! Looks sooo good!

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  7. Mm, that looks yum! Everything is better in puff pastry. ;o)

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  8. Oh my! These are so yummy looking! Once they puffed up in the oven, I was drooling! :p

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  9. I always love reading your recipe's! this one sounds delicious and I will try it out :)
    Happy Friday!!
    xoxo
    Suzanne from written by suzanne

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  10. look soooooooooooo good! I haven't had pie in so long :p

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  11. Those look yummie!!!

    Best, Mree

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  12. This is looks A-mazing! A lot work but looks soooooo goood!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  13. These look and sound absolutely delicious! Ahh I'm getting hungry just looking at these photos :O

    Hayfa
    www.londonloafers.com

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  14. Mmm... Yummy! I haven't eaten lunch yet and this looks so good. I would try making this once I have my own kitchen but I would do without the green peas. I might add corn or carrots perhaps! Your hubz is lucky to have all these lovely food. I must not let my hubz see your posts now.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière
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  15. I love the cooking pictures! I know they are very labourous to take..lol ;) I cant wait to hang out again soon! Xoxo!!

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  16. omg yummilicious!! this reminds me of Nigerian Meatpies!! theyre sooo similar!! now i am hungry and drooling!! teehee

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  17. so nice blog ! very interesting ! im glad that im here :) i want to invite you to mine and maybe you would like to follow each other? if yes just follow me and let me know i ll do the same as soon as possible :*

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  18. This looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing!! I really enjoy your blog so far and would love to follow each other--please join my GFC and I'll follow you right back!

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    xo Jess

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  19. Wow, it SO delicious, Lisa. Thanks for sharing recipe.
    xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com/

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  20. this looks beyond delicious! gosh i wish i had the patience to cook lol :P

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  21. these look super easy and delicious

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  22. this looks delicious and easy (probably because I am not in the process yet and you make it look so simple!)!

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  23. This is a lot of work but you made it look easy. I don't eat beef, perhaps I can substitute with turkey. Yummy!

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  24. Okay I've just saved this recipe. This is too good. My husband and I love curry - Indian is actually our favorite food - and we will certainly love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I know this is more of a beauty and fashion blog, but I definitely think you should do more recipes. They have been mouth-watering so far.

    Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style

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