So you're having guests and looking to make something relatively easy but still want to impress? Try this!
Hearty strips of beef steak in a spicy roux + chunks of carrots and potatoes in a puff pastry basket.
You can always mix it up with different veggies. I actually planned to make beef and mushroom pie but I had run out of shrooms, so carrots and potatoes had to do.
This super easy recipe serves 5 - 6 adults and maybe more kids. Serve with a simple garden salad for a well balanced meal.
Here's what you need
300g of beef steak, cut in strips
2 puff pastry sheets
5 carrots sliced
10 potatoes roughly chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch ginger
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp barbecue sauce
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oregano
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
1 cup of water or beef stock
Here's how it goes
Bring out pastry from the freezer to thaw a little (30 mins).
Preheat oven to 200*C/medium-high.
Melt the margarine in a medium saucepan. Add the onions and stir until translucent.
Add the garlic and ginger and stir for two minutes.
Add the beef, salt, seasoning cubes, black pepper, oregano and stir until beef is browned.
Add carrots and potatoes and Stir fry for another 5 minutes.
Add soy sauce, barbecue sauce and sugar. Stir fry until dry.
Add tomato paste and water or stock. Cover to simmer for 10 minutes. Start next step immediately.
Meanwhile, roll out your pastry to the appropriate size and cover the base and sides of a baking dish.
Use a fork to dock a few holes in the pastry. Bake for 10 minutes. It should look half cooked.
Don't turn the oven off.
Add the flour to the beef in the saucepan and stir into a roux.
Empty the contents of of the saucepan into the pastry base.
Roll out the other pastry sheet and cut into 1 inch strips.
Use strips to form a basket weave like shown above.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the pastry is evenly brown and crisp.
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