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Valerie's Steak Pie



Valerie's Steak Pie is a show stopper. Easy Peasy to make, delicious, economical and as made with puff pastry, a decadent treat, but isn't every meat pie?
Course Main
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 large pies
Author Valerie Lugonja

Ingredients

Ingredients to Prepare the Steak:

  • 6 Minute Steaks or Cube Steaks
  • 1 ounce dried Porcini mushrooms
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • Vegeta

Ingredients for Putting the Steak Pie Together:

  • 3 boxes of frozen puff pastry , thawed in fridge (Tenderflake)
  • 1 six inch round of brie cheese , cut into 16 wedges
  • 36 Sugar Snap Peas , thinly sliced, vertically
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper , thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet yellow bell pepper , thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet orange bell pepper , thinly sliced
  • 1 large red or purple onion , halved and thinly sliced
  • Salt , freshly ground pepper, and Vegeta
  • 1 egg , for egg wash
  • Extra puffed pastry if garnishing with leaves

Instructions

Instructions to Prepare the Steak:

  1. Place dried mushrooms into Thermomix or powerful blender with flour, salt, freshly ground pepper and Vegeta; pulvarize to powder form and set aside
  2. Season each steak; set aside

Ingredients for Putting the Steak Pie Together:

  1. Roll out one half of a box of the puff pastry while still cold, into a square or rectangle (depending upon the kind of pastry you purchase) large enough to accommodate your steak and the toppings
  2. Place a steak in the middle of the pastry to determine the shape of the fillings; set it aside
  3. Take 3 cheese wedges, and cut each in half in the middle; place 6 wedges on pastry where meat shape remains
  4. Cover cheese with 6 Sugar Snap Peas, thinly sliced, vertically (or 1/6th of the sugar snap peas)
  5. Cover peas with 1/6th of a combination of the colourful thinly sliced sweet bell peppers
  6. Top all with a very generous amount of thinly sliced red onion; 1/6th of the onion, and more than you might expect (see photo)
  7. Season all vegetables with salt, pepper, and Vegeta
  8. Take one seasoned minute steak and dredge in 1 generous tablespoon of seasoned porchini flour mixture (1/6th of the mixture); place dredged steak on top of vegetables
  9. Fold pastry over steak diagonally corner to corner, tuck edges inside; repeat with other two corners to make a snug pastry package
  10. Turn steak pie over onto folded side; unfolded pastry side up
  11. Repeat process until all steak pies are made

Instructions for Decorating Steak Pies with Pastry Leaves

  1. With extra puffed pastry, cut leaves (or any seasonal shape)
  2. Paste on top of each steak pie securing with egg wash, in decorative clusters
  3. Egg wash leaves; refrigerate steak pies for a good hour and up to 8 hours

Baking Valerie's Steak Pies

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F; place pies onto parchment covered baking sheets, not touching each other (usually, three per sheet - I use two ovens)
  2. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, until golden and fragrant; cool for 15 minutes, then serve immediately

Recipe Notes

If using one oven, use two racks, ensuring good air circulation between each pan of steak pies
Rotate after 15 minutes
Switch rack positioning after 30 minutes, rotating again