Friday, December 14, 2007

Chilli Pot Pies



My love affair with puff pastry continues as I made chilli pot pies. Perth went through a chilly few days (yup..in summer!) so I wanted something simple but hearty. Out came the ramekins and the puff pastry.

Who would have thought that chilli and cheese go so well together? As poor students (err.. actually I still am!), we used to scrape the pantry for extra ingredients-especially since the guys were huge eaters! One "I'm running out of ideas, please fridge talk to me" day, with only a small packet of shredded cheese left, packet of beef mince and spices I thought of a cheese and chilli beef pie. So I bought some puff pastry and started experimenting. I even made huge batches of pies to freeze so that we have something quick to munch on. Now, I know this isn't new but I haven't discover Mexican food then, so I was rather proud of myself, until I realised that pretty much the whole world has discovered it. That was a "DOH" moment.

Who can resist breaking into that crisp shell and discovering cheesy goodness?


Chilli Pot Pies (makes about 4-6 pot pies depending on the size of your ramekin)
300 grams of lean beef mince
1 chopped onion
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
2 cups of mixed frozen vegetables
1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
2 tsp of HOT chilli powder
1/4 cup of stock
generous dashes of cracked black pepper

1 sheet of puff pastry
2 cups of shredded cheese

Method
Preheat oven at 200C.
Heat pan with olive oil. Add garlic and onion, frying till fragrant. Using a wooden fork/spoon, break the beef mince as it starts to cook. Add mixed vegetables after about 5 minutes of cooking. If the mixture looks to dry, add some stock. Continue simmering, adding the chilli powder and worchesterhire sauce to taste. Season to your liking.

Cut the pastry to desired diameters. Ladle chilli to ramekins. Top with cheese and finally with puff pastry. Bake for 20 minutes till puff pastry becomes golden and puffy!

Serve with grillled vegetables or a side salad.

What do YOU like in your pies? Let me know!

13 comments:

doggybloggy said...

you have such great ideas....I am making this for sure!

Big Boys Oven said...

i want seafod... huge prawns, monk fish, spinach in my pie....so lovely, i meant yours! lol!

yammylicious said...

omg!! u're good in cooking.. lovely pies... muaxx

tigerfish said...

Hooray puff pastry. They really make pie-making so easy for me. I don't have to knead!!! :O

I have not tried your combi. If only I had a oven now :( ...I tried beef+potato+onion+curry powder before. Love it. Hey, you can also make curry puffs (chicken+potato+hard boiled eggs)!

New Kid on the Blog said...

Hey, good pie la... I hv not gotten a chance to make one for myself.... Next time I know where to look for pie recipes.... :D

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love chicken pot pie but Tigerfish curry puff chicken filling just made me drool...such a great idea!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Oooh! I love all pot pies. :)

U.Lee said...

G'day Daphne, really nice to read a young lady like you a good cook, cake expert. Wow!
And the pic of your cake sure looks good, almost can get the scent. Can I have a couple? Ha ha.
You have a nice day, UL.

singairishgirl said...

I love love love pies. Hehe. It IS a one-dish meal.

~Christine~Leng said...

I love spicy food!
Oh.. this is one good stuff! ;)

Celine said...

Usually I have the chicken pot pie and seafood pot pie only. That's even in the restaurant. I never make it myself. :(

Cynthia said...

I just want to pick on the stuffing peeping out.

daphne said...

doggybloggy-I'm glad u like it!! It's super easy. =)

big boys oven- hey hey! Seafood is such a great idea!!!! Must try it next!

yammylicious- hit and miss sometimes too! took me a looong time to learn..haha

tigerfish- i know! It's so handY! I don't even bother making the pastry myself (so lazy right?). I used to make sardine puffs too! I have to try the chicken curry puffs idea!!

new kids on the blog- haha, thanks!pies are so much fun to make. U can be as creative as u like.

wandering chopsticks-me toO!!

u.lee-cakes? *puzzled* but thanks for the compliments! hehe. Come by soon.

singairishgirl- EXACTLY! hehee, u know what i' thinking!

Christine-hehe. the spicyness goes so well with the cheese too.

celine- me too! i usually go for the seafood morney pies as well!

Cynthia- hehe, i love the pastry! too. so if we share a pie, u can take the filling and I take the pastry! :p

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