Slow Cooked Beef Pot Pies

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It seems to be a bit odd posting this recipe for a slow cooked pie when I am inside my house right now hiding from the scorching New Zealand  sun! But I suppose I miss the chilly winter Christmassy days that I used to have in England, and food is a way of reliving those feelings. Anyway, this recipe came out of me having hardly anything in my freezer/fridge/pantry because I desperately try to avoid the supermarkets at this time of year and also after buying Christmas presents I am officially poor. I had some stewing steak (topside beef) so I got out my trusty Breville Fast/Slow cooker and created these little bad boys. They are awesome individually portioned in funky little ramekins or pie dishes. When cooked for a long period of time slowly, this cheap cut of meat transforms into rich, tasty beef that just falls apart = Yum!

You will need for 6 pies:

About 4 steaks (A packet of stewing steak from the supermarket should be enough. Often it is already cut up for you),1 cup of beef stock (I used 1 Beef OXO cube in a cup of boiling water), 2 tbspn Worcestershire sauce, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tspn paprika, salt & pepper. About 6 potatoes or Kumara (sweet potatoes) for the top of the pie.

– Chop steak, onion and garlic and place in the slow cooker.

– Boil the kettle and dissolve 1 beef stock cube in 1 cup of boiled water (or use 1 cup of stock of your choice). Pour this into the slow cooker.

– Add the Worcestershire sauce, paprika and season with salt and pepper. Give it all a stir and put the slow cooker on medium for 8 hours or on low for 10 hours.

– Before the slow cooker timer is up, peel and chop the potatoes and place them in a saucepan full of cold water. Bring to the boil and let simmer until the potatoes are ‘mashable’.

– When the beef is done in the slow cooker turn your slow cooker onto ‘sear/simmer’ and let simmer away stiring for about 8 minutes (this is to reduce the liquid down a bit to create a thicker gravy without adding flour). If your slow cooker doesn’t have this setting, place the beef and liquid into a saucepan and do the same process.

– Place the beef and some sauce into a ramekin or pie dish. Mash the potatoes with a little butter and salt and pepper (add some milk if your potatoes are a little dry). Carefully spoon the mash on top of the pies. Place under the grill until lightly crispy on top. Serve with a side of in season vegetables.

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