Leek And Broccoli Meat Pie
Meat pies are a staple of British cuisine – they're delicious and can be filled with whatever you have lying around, making it one of the most versatile dishes ever. In this spirit, let us to introduce you to one of our favorite hearty pies that's filled with ground beef, leek, and broccoli, smothered in a rich gravy, and encased in beautiful pastry made from scratch. This is pie like you've never seen before!
For the pastry dough:
- 5 cups flour
- 3½ sticks butter, cubed
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp cold water
For the filling:
- 3 lbs ground beef
- 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
- ½ leek, chopped
- 2 red onions, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
For the gravy:
- ¼ stick butter, cubed
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1¼ cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
- leaf and flower-shaped cookie cutters
- loaf pan
1. Pour the flour onto your work surface and press a well into the center with your fist. Add the cubed butter, egg yolks, and the rest of the ingredients to the well and knead until a smooth dough forms. Wrap the pastry dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Roll out the refrigerated pastry dough on a floured work surface and line a loaf pan with it.
3. Cut off any excess dough with a knife and set aside for later.
4. Preheat the oven to 325°F. For the filling, fry the ground beef in a pan with a bit of olive oil before adding the vegetables and garlic. Season with rosemary, salt, and pepper and set aside for now.
5. For the gravy, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Allow the roux to foam up briefly before adding the broth.
6. Bring the gravy to a boil, pour it over the ground beef vegetable mixture, and stir well.
7. Transfer this mixture to the loaf pan lined with pastry dough.
8. Combine the pieces of excess dough from earlier, roll it out into a thin sheet, and place it on top of the loaf pan as a lid.
9. Cut off any excess dough with a knife and then use your thumb and index finger to squeeze portions of the dough together around the edges for a decorative crust.
10. Cut out leaves and flowers from the remaining pieces of excess dough and arrange them on top of the pie for decoration.
11. Brush an egg wash over the pastry dough, transfer the loaf pan to the oven, and bake for 2 hours.
12. Let the pie chill for about 15 minutes before serving.
Meat pies are a great dish for chilly weather, especially if you're looking for something tasty and filling to make. There's no reason not to give this one a try, so knock yourself out!