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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beef Curry Pies - Hand Pies

Cold weather finally!  Easy comfort food is on the menu.  I don't know about you but the easiest organic meat to find is ground beef yet, recipes for ground meat seem to be chili, hamburger, meatballs - not again my kids scream! Although, their favorite dish is my sweet and sour meatballs
Epicurious to the rescue with this hand pies.  These would be great for a Super Bowl Party too.
FYI Costco has the best price on organic ground beef.

I cut potatoes too big.

Cupcake pans make it easy.

Choice - make more pies or make a covered top?  I choose more pies so I cut excesses into strips. 

Hand full of fun and tasty

Beef and Curry Pie 
from Epicurious

3/4 pound organic ground beef
2 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 tablespoon curry powder (preferably Madras)
1 large organic russet (baking) potato, ¼ inch pieces (1 cup)
10 tablespoons water
¼ cup frozen peas, thawed
2 (17 ¼ ounce) packages frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  1. Mix together beef, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic with your hands until combined well
  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat, then add beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef into small pieces, until just browned, about 4 minutes
  3. Drain beef in a colander set over a bowl (reserve skillet) and return beef drippings to uncleaned skillet
  4. Heat drippings over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add curry powder and potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes more
  6. Add water and cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, until liquid is absorbed and potatoes are tender, about 1 minute
  7. Return beef to skillet and stir in peas, then cool filling, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes
  8. Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 400°F
  9. Roll out one sheet of dough into a 12-inch square on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin and cut out 4 (5-inch) rounds with cutter.
  10.  Spray cupcake pan with light oil
  11.  Place round of pastry in each cupcake cup
  12.  Mound filling onto each
  13.  Cut excessive pasty and cover tops
  14.  Bake until pies are deep golden brown and puffed, 25 to 30 minutes
  15.  Cool pies to warm, about 10 minutes, or room temperature

Reheat on a baking sheet in middle of a 350°F oven until filling is hot, about 15 minutes.

Original Recipe Beef and Curry Pie


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