Sunday, September 26, 2010

Steak Pies

This is a meal that can go strait from the freezer to the oven.  These little steak pies are very filling and can be ready when you forget to thaw dinner, or just came back from out of town.


2 Tbsp olive oil          
1 1/2 lbs steak (whatever is on sale,                 8.76
    I used chuck steak)
1 small onion--chopped                                        .30
1 clove garlic--minced                                          .05
1 C frozen peas                                                      .50
2/3 cup shredded carrot                                      .45
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 C beef broth                                                 .35
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
Steak seasoning to taste
2 boxes ready made pie crust                            4.34
1 egg, beaten                                                           .15


Heat oil over med-high heat in a large pan.  Slice the steak thinly across the grain.  This will help make a cheap cut of meat taste more tender.  Add steak slices and steak seasoning to hot pan.  Brown on both sides, remove steak and place on paper towels to drain off excess fat.  Add onion, garlic and carrots to pan and saute 3 min until beginning to soften.  Add flour to pan and mix well to form a roux.  Slowly stir in beef broth.  Once all beef broth has been added, stir in peas and steak and turn off heat.  Allow meat mixture to cool before next step. 

Once the mixture is cool.  Open the pie crusts, roll them out and cut in half. 

Flour your counter top and beat one egg in a small bowl.   Put one large spoonful of steak mixture on half a pie crust moon.  Brush egg on the edges.  

Fold the pie crust over the meat mixture and use a fork to seal the edges.  Brush more egg on the top of your steak pie to help it brown in the oven.

Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet and place your steak pies on the wax paper careful not to let them touch each other.  Then place the sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Once frozen you can peel up the pies and place them in a gallon zip lock bag or in a large Tupperware container.  When ready to eat, place one pie per person on a cookie sheet and bake 400 degrees for 20-24 min until edges are brown.

If you have any extra steak filling put it in a Tupperware container and freeze it too.  You can eat it over rice for an easy lunch, or you can serve it along side the steak pies to eat with the edges that don't have any filling.  I made 8 pies for $1.86 each, or 4 meals for $3.73 a meal. 

These make a great last minute dinner or Saturday lunch because you do NOT have to thaw them before baking.  Try them as an alternative to TV dinners because you know all the ingredients that went into them.  No surprise additives or fillers! 

Christie aka Keeza