I am a self-professed Downton Abbey junkie and I can’t wait for the new season to kick-off January 5th. I also can’t wait to make a very British meal in honor of my crazy fetish. It’s a British Beef Pot Pie with Mushrooms and Port. Oh the Crawley’s would be proud! (all spoken in English accent).
It’s perfect for a cold winter night and this pie ooozes with a rich beefy flavor and a crisp flaky crust. You can make the mixture ahead of time and let cool in the fridge until you are ready to assemble. You can also substitute a hearty red wine instead of port.
- 2 1/2 Pounds chuck roast, trimmed and cut into bite-sized chunks
- 1–2 Tbls. McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 2 Tbls. olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled, cut in 1-inch dice
- 1 celery stick, cut in 1-inch dice
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh minced thyme
- 1/2 tsp. fresh minced rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup port
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water (for the cornstarch mixture)
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
- Sprinkle steak pieces with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add half the oil and beef in batches and cook for about 5 minutes, turning until brown; repeat with remaining beef until all has been browned and then set aside.
- In the same pan, cook onion, carrots, and celery for about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic and saute for another 5 minutes. Stir in herbs and bay leaves, salt and pepper.
- Add beef back into pan. Add stock, water, and port. Bring to a low simmer and cook on top of stove, uncovered for 1 to 1.5 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
- Combine the cornstarch and water until smooth; add to beef and cook 4-5 minutes until thickened. Set aside to cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill casserole with cooled beef mixture. Roll out puff pastry and place over top of casserole dish and crimp edges. Brush with egg wash. Make a slit in the top and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden.