We had a big venison steak feed a few days ago...sadly we cooked waaay too much steak and had a ton of leftovers. We also had leftover pie crust in the freezer too.
To me, that means just one thing...time for meat pie!
I scrubbed, peeled and chopped some of our garden potatoes and cooked in the microwave for 4 min. Sliced some onions too, also from the garden. The wonky carrot in the picture below was also from our garden and here is where I digress...
This wonky carrot was tasty and delicious! You'll never see its equal in any store. Going into stores now creeps me out, as everything is so damned uniform. Each and every thing looks identical from the next. Like you are actually shopping in the clone aisle instead of the produce aisle. Aberration in produce stores is akin to disease!
Ok...I feel better now after that rant.
Back to the recipe!
I also grabbed some garlic which I bought at the Verona Garlic Festival from my friends Cam & Michelle Mather. I pulled out the leftover venison steak (supplied by my step dad Rob Cory) and chopped it coarsely. The dough came out of the freezer, thawed, and left until the stew was well under way.
The onions get fried with veg oil, followed shortly by the chopped carrot and nuked potatoes. Simmer for a bit until it starts to smell good. Then dump in the chopped venison.
On the side, you'll be boiling a kettle of water to add to the beef broth...
not too much though, we're not making soup here.
We've since run out of the peas from our garden (they do go fast),
so these are store bought sweet baby peas.
Once the beef broth powder has completely dissolved in the boiling water, you can go ahead and add it to the pot. The potatoes add a thickness to the broth after a while so there is no need for flour for thickening. I don't know what it is about wild game that makes me always want to add beer, but here I've done it again.
This time it was a large splash of a nice dark lager, Steelback's Tiverton Bear. Dark beer and wild game combine in the most unexpected way. I was going to add some worchestershire sauce, but the beer was sweet enough that I didn't have to add anything else. S & P was about it.
Once the whole mix has simmered together for a bit...you can divide it between a couple of small ramekins (or other small, oven-safe dish). Try not to eat some while you're dividing it!!! (unless you made extras, in which case good for you! You were thinking ahead!)
Next step is to roll out the dough and cut out two circles, slightly larger than the ramekin.
Arrange dough circles on the ramekin dish and pierce the top.
I just used scissors like my mom did on apple pie crusts.
I whipped up one egg and brushed it over the crust.
Place in an oven at 400 degrees C and bake for 30 min. Check on them after 20 min though.
A helpful tip I would suggest...place a baking sheet under these suckers whilst baking them. If you fill the ramekins too full of stew, they will overflow while bubbling.
I couldn't have been prouder with my first attempt at pot pies.
I was even prouder to take a look at my costs: Beer from father-in-law, venison from step dad, carrots, onions and potatoes from our garden, garlic from a local provider, and one hellvua home made crusty topper! Seems like the peas and beef broth were the only thing we had to get from a store.