Sunday, June 19, 2011

Red Wine Beef Onion Pies


There is nothing like winter that screams comfort food. Perhaps it's because Perth's winter isn't that harsh. Or maybe I have just grown to appreciate the sound of rain. I certainly prefer cold than hot weather.

The sound of the rain, warmness from a hot chocolate drinks reminds me how simple things in life can bring warmth to the heart.

I really like making pies at home. I'm a texture girl-crispy pastry and hot filling on the inside just hit a good spot in me. This time round, I decided to stew some beef, red wine and onion to make a hearty filling. Oh who could have thought the blend of red wine, beef and onion could make such magic?

I stewed the filling slowly, cooling it down completely before using my ancient pie maker. My pie maker toaster was handed to me when someone I knew left the country. Goodness know how old it is, my guess would be at least 8 to 10 years.

Age does not matter when it comes to wine.. ..and a good pie maker!

Red Wine Beef Onion Pies (Makes around 10)
5 sheets of puff pastry
1 red onion diced
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of red wine
1/2 cup of beef stock
2-3 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
400 grams of beef chunks

Melt butter/margarine into a pot. Cook onions till very soft. Brown beef. Sprinkle flour over it. Add both red wine and stock into the mixture. Stir to combine. Add Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for around 15 minutes or so. Check, adding liquid if needed. Continue to stew for around 1 hr more, adding mushrooms at the 30 mins mark.

Once filling is done. Taste and season. Cool.

Cut pastry into size. Line pastry onto pie maker. Spoon mixture, pop the pastry top on and cook. Serve with a side salad.

If you do not have a pie maker, try using muffin tins. Preheat Oven to 200C. Bake pies for 15-20 minutes.

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12 comments:

Cooking Gallery said...

This looks very very good and I love the sound of beef combined with red wine, must be very yummy...!!

lena said...

i didnt know here's pie maker around, sound convenient, dont even have to shape them.. do they make quicker pies?

Purabi Naha said...

Loved your recipe. You know what, Indian cuisine does not add wine in cooking, except for some Goan dishes...I have bought a bottle of red wine for cooking and was just wondering how to use it, when I stumbled upon here! Well done. Do visit my blog too!!

Little Inbox said...

Yea, it looks good, and it must e delicious!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

I think this is a nice appetizer dish for parties. Bookmarked this for future party! I think this will be a hit!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I have never heard of this but i am now making it for the family. So rich and fun at the same time! Awesome!

Mary said...

Your pies sound absolutely delicious. Our seasons are polar opposites so I've had to file your recipe for cooler days, but I promise they will be tried. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

tigerfish said...

I agree. Fall or Winter usually scream comfort dishes to me, and soup usually comes to mind. I hardly make pies so unless someone makes them for me and I would not mind calling it my comfort food too. ;p ...errrr....something like chicken pie may scream comfort to me!

Joanne said...

These little pies are adorable! Definite comfort food and perfect for winter!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious!

daphne said...

Cooking Gallery- Haha.. i hope it is as well ;)

little inbox- thanks!

Purabi- oh I am so glad you dropped by and like this!

Nami- I agree, they will be good for parties!

Mary- They are polar opp but that's the fun bit! get to try out recipes when our warm season is due.

tigerfish- I love chicken pie too! ahhh.. that's my childhood comfort.

joanne- ;)

Ching- Thanks!

lolo said...

I liked this recipe, I'll wait for the other recipes that you will send. Thank you for your generosity.
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