Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Buffalo Steak Pie for #NationalPieWeek - Family Favourites

This week it is National Pie Week so naturally I had to bake a pie! We all love a good old pie but it is not a meal that is cooked enough.

Pies are a great and tasty way of adding more vegetables to your families diets. It can be chopped into small pieces and with the gravy, meat and pastry even the fussiest of eaters will enjoy it!

This week I decided to make a pie that was a little bit different. This week I am using buffalo steak. Buffalo steak is a meat which is becoming more and more popular in the UK.

You will know that I am currently on a health kick and trying to loose weight. This pie is my healthier version. Instead of using a pastry base and top I have used pastry discs as a topping on a meat base. This enabled me to enjoy the pastry but not have too much!

This is what I did...


Buffalo Steak Pie

Ingredients

400g Buffalo stewing steak, diced
2 medium/large carrots, halved and sliced
2 medium parsnips, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, halved and sliced
1 beef stock cube
200g gluten free pastry
100g butter, cubed
5tbsp cold water
1 egg

Method

1 - Place the buffalo steak, carrots, parsnips, onion and leek in a slow cooker

2 - Crumble over the beef stock cube and pour over 500mls of hot water. Cook for 4 hours on the high slow cooker setting.

3 - To make the pastry place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub until you have a breadcrumb consistency

4 - Add the water and quickly bring all the ingredients together, wrap in cling and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes

5 - Pre heat the oven to 200C

6 - Once the meat is cooked place in a pie dish

7 - Roll out the pastry and using a circular cutter cut out pastry discs and arrange on top of the meat and brush with an egg wash


8 - Place the pie in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the pastry is browned



This meal is a perfect way to enjoy a pie with a little less guilt! It goes perfectly with mashed potatoes and vegetables. With the leftover juices in the slow cooker add a little boiling water with a few gravy granules to create a tasty gravy.


Slow cooking the meat with the root vegetables add a rich sweetness that adds even more flavours to this dish.

A perfect meal for National Pie Week!

Enjoy x

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