Individual Beef and Mushroom Pies

This. Was. Delicious.  And since it’s only about 340 calories a serving, it’s definitely on my make again list.  It also freezes well too, so it’s a perfect candidate for weekend make-ahead cooking.

If you’re making this for company, ramekin dishes would look great.  For practical reasons (and the fact that I couldn’t find white ramekins with seal-able lids), I used small glass Pyrex dishes.  Hey, my mother-in-law already likes me, if she comes over for supper, she won’t need the extra presentation.  😉

Goes well with a dinner roll and a side of vegetables.

Mini Beef and Mushroom Pies

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Healthy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 500g (18 oz) stewing beef, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped turnip
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 bottle of light beer (or if you’re a beer aficionado, dark ale would be really good)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sage
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Basic rolled pastry

Directions

  1. Sear the beef in a non-stick frying pan on medium-high.
    • This step is optional, but it helps caramelize the beef flavour and seriously ups the “yum” factor.
  2. Toss all ingredients except the pastry in a slow cooker on high for 2-4 hours.
    • Again, this step is all about the flavour. If you’re rushed for time, you can cook it quickly in a pot on the stove top.
  3. Adjust the seasoning as needed, and ladle your beef & vegetables into ramekins. Place the pastry cut-outs on top and brush with milk or egg.
  4. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is browned.
    • Since the pie filling is cooked, this step is all about cooking the pastry topping. If you’re pressed for time, you can cheat and cook the pastry on a baking sheet separately (about 5-10 minutes), then place it on top of the filling.
  5. Serve immediately or let cool and then freeze for later.

Per serving (including the pastry):  Calories:  338, Fat:  12 g, Carbs:  29 g, Protein:  31 g, Fiber:  4 g

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