Beef Pot Pie

schoolhouse_gwOctober 9, 2012

Decided to try this today, it took HOURS. I used stew beef which took awhile to get tender, like almost 2.5hrs.(!). Then the pot and carrots seemed to cook forever,and the gravy wouldn't thicken as fast as I thought it should . Plus I cheated and used prepared pie crust instead of making it by scratch like I intended. Anyway, I began this at 2pm. and it just now came out of the oven at 6pm. Whew. By this time I'm not even hungry for it.

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marie_ndcal

Sure looks good!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:07PM
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glenda_al

Bet it will taste as good as it looks!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:08PM
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patti43

It looks beautiful, Schoolhouse. I know what you mean about something that takes a long time to make. By the time I'm done in the kitchen, I'm usually tired of smelling/tasting/cooking. If you're really, really tired of it, you can send it to my house :-)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:21PM
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marilyn_sue

You can send some of that pie to my house. I have never made a pot pie.

Sue

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:37PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Thanks all. Well, I had two pieces so it must have been good. hee hee Then at 7pm. I did the 2mile walk with Leslie Sansone on DVD. The back of my legs are burning, lets hope it worked off some of the calories.

I do think the pie needed some seasoning tho besides salt and pepper. Next time I should add? And do those prepared pie crusts have added sugar? I tasted a sweetness, normally I don't add sugar to my pie dough.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:40PM
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katlan

That looks good enough to eat! I'll take, you don't have to ask me twice.

patti43, I agree. Especially making the big honkin' Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter meals. Don't even feel like eating it after cooking for so long.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:40PM
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nicole__

I make those all the time. Especially after Thanksgiving, then it's turkey pot pie. :0) I make the pie crust from scratch and use a BIG French crock, it's deeper, holds more. Then I cheat and use a can of mixed vegetables. :0)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:41PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Yeah, I have a recipe for a vegetable pie that uses a bag of mix veggies. Real quick and taste good. Would like to find a deep dish like your crock.

I like my crust better even tho I end up making it short with alot of butter. It gets real flaky and melt in your mouth, not exactly a pie dough I guess.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:46PM
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kayjones

Schoolhouse, would you please post your crust recipe? I am always on the lookout for a tender, flaky, easy-to-make pie crust. THANKS!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 8:37PM
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tami_ohio

Yum! Next time, try using left over beef from a roast. Just season it as you would normally for a roast. I always use store bought crust, and have found that store brand is way better than Pillsbury. I also use frozen veggies. Hmmm, I did a chicken in the crockpot today. Might just borrow your idea!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 9:29PM
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schoolhouse_gw

kayjones, here's the one I use. The recipe is actually for a "Shortcrust Flan Shell" but as I said I use it for most everything. From "English Country Cooking At Its Best" by Caroline Conran.

Makes one 9.5" flan case (or crust):
1 cup flour
3Tbs. self-rising four (if available)
1 cup (2 sticks ) chilled butter

Sieve the two flours together in to a bowl. Cut the butter into the flour with a knife, holding the butter on one hand and carving off thin flakes of butter with the other. Rub the flakes quickly into the flour - stop as soon as the mixture starts to become heavy and clings to your fingers.

Add water - a couple of tablespoons at first and then a little at a time until you can just collect the pastry together into a mass. Form it into a ball, cover and chill for an hour in the refrigerator. To use it, beat it with a rolling pin to loosen it and roll it out on a floured board.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 10:39PM
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OnAHolliday

I wouldn't have turned away a plate. I'm a sucker for home made dishes.. even those where a lil' cheatin's going on. *grin*

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 10:45PM
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Cynic

I'm surprised at two things:
1) The ingredients list show no sugar or sweeteners that I immediately recognize; and
2) The list *does* include lard!

I've seen pseudo pot pies made using whack-a-tube biscuits and whack-a-tube pizza crust before. I'd think they'd make a decent crust option too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rolled Crust Label

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:36AM
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jannie

Looks tasty! I sometimes make chicken or beef pot pie filling and put it inside crescent rolls.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:23AM
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schoolhouse_gw

cynic, I used the "Our Family" brand since it was less expensive and I'm not experienced with using it. After I read your post I just had to pull the box out of the trash to check the ingredients. lol The label mentions "lard and hydrogenated lard" and "sugar"(!). I thought the baked crust tasted sweet. Before baking certain items I will sometimes brush the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar but not add it directly to the dough.

Tube biscuits would be a time saver ontop of beef stew. I may try those sometime.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:33AM
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tami_ohio

I forgot to mention yesterday that if you want a deeper pie, but don't have a deeper pie plate, you can use a cast iron skillet.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 6:33PM
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