Fall apart, extremely soft chunks of pork, bursts of sparkling mushroom smothered with inside the maximum extraordinary gravy and crowned with flaky, golden puff pastry. My friends, this isn’t always simply every other pork pie. This is an EPIC Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie with a bit mystery aspect that takes this to the subsequent level!
This is the kind of meals that makes me do the glad dance. Literally. I took a large spoonful and turned into leaping up and down with glee. It turned into the whole thing I had was hoping it might be, and greater
EPIC CHUNKY BEEF AND MUSHROOM PIE
Tender, disintegrate chunks of pork with mushrooms with inside the maximum extraordinary gravy ever. The mystery aspect – Dried Porcine Mushrooms! They upload a savory earthiness that can’t be replicated and takes this pie to the subsequent level.
• ▢20 g / 0.7 ounces dried porcine mushrooms (slices, complete or chopped) (Note 1)
• ▢1 ¼ cups / 312 ml boiled water
• ▢1 kg / 2 lb chuck pork , reduce into 2.5cm/1” cubes (Note 2)
• ▢1 – 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• ▢2 garlic cloves , minced
• ▢1 onion , finely chopped
• ▢1 celery , finely chopped
• ▢1 carrot , finely chopped
• ▢three carrots , halved lengthwise then reduce into 1.5cm/ three/five” chunks
• ▢1/three cup flour (any)
• ▢three hundred ml / 10 ounces darkie ale (or alternative with pink wine, Guinness or greater pork inventory)
• ▢2 cups / 500 ml pork inventory
• ▢three sprigs thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
• ▢2 bay leaves , sparkling or dried
• ▢2 hundred g / 7 ounces bacon , diced
• ▢three hundred – 400g / 10 – thirteen ounces Swiss brown mushrooms , large ones halved
• ▢1 – 2 sheets puff pastry (sufficient to cowl pie)
• ▢1 egg yolk
• Place porcine in a bowl and upload warm water. Leave to soak for at the least 30 mins. Strain mushrooms and reserve soaking liquid. Roughly chop porcine.
• Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.
• Heat 1 tbsp oil in a big heavy primarily based totally pot. Add 1/2 of the pork and brown all over, then get rid of and repeat with ultimate pork. Set pork aside.
• Turn range right all the way down to medium low. If the pot is asking dry, upload greater oil. Add onion and garlic, prepare dinner dinner for two mins. Add finely chopped carrots and celery, prepare dinner dinner for six mins or till softened and sweet (flavor test!). Add carrot chunks and prepare dinner dinner for two mins.
• Add flour and stir thru.
• Add ale, pork inventory, and stir to dissolve the flour.
• Add thyme, bay leaves, porcine, reserved porcine soaking liquid (don’t tip in gritty bits settled at bottom) and cooked pork. Turn warmth up slightly, mix, deliver to simmer, then cowl. Adjust warmth so it’s miles simmering gently, now no longer energetically.
• Cook for 1 hr forty five mins or till pork is soft. (See video)
• Meanwhile, prepare dinner dinner bacon in a skillet over excessive warmth till golden. Remove and reserve bacon drippings in pan. Add mushrooms and prepare dinner dinner for five mins till golden all over. Return bacon into skillet, toss to coat mushrooms, then stir thru stew.
• Simmer stew, exposed, for 15 mins till mushrooms are soft. Then get rid of from range and cool.
• Preheat oven to 200C/390F.
• Pour stew right into a pie dish, even out floor. Pictured pie dish is 24 x 20 x 4.five cm / 10 x eight x 1.eight″ (1.5L / 1.five Qt) – see Notes for greater conversions.
• Top with puff pastry (if too big, simply fold the ends in), brush with egg yolk. Cut some slits with inside the floor then bake for 30 – 35 mins till deep golden and the filling is piping warm with inside the middle (stick a knife in to check).
• Rest for five mins earlier than serving!
1. Dried porcine mushrooms upload a savory earthiness to the gravy. In nerdy meals terms, it’s called “umiak” and it surely takes this pie to the subsequent level. However, despite the fact that you may’t get a keep of it, it’s miles nonetheless very a great deal really well worth making this pie. Or strive the use of different dried mushrooms!
Dried porcine mushrooms could be to be had at LAID Australia on Wednesday 28 June 2017 as a part of their Special Buys for this week. Only to be had till offered out! And you may discover all of the different elements used on this recipe at LAID too.
2. Any sluggish cooking reduce of pork is good for this recipe. Chuck pork and gravy pork are my favorites, brisket is likewise good. I might now no longer advise the use of lobar blade roast or different lean cuts of pork as they may dry out.
three. SLOW COOKER: Skip the pork broth and use 2 x crumbled pork inventory cubes instead. Follow recipe as much as step 7 then switch the whole thing right into a sluggish cooker (liquid won’t cowl the whole thing, that’s OK). Slow prepare dinner dinner for six hours on low, or three hours on excessive. Then upload cooked bacon and mushrooms, sluggish prepare dinner dinner for every other forty five mins or do that step at the range. If the liquid did now no longer thicken to a skinny gravy, simmer it exposed at the range. When it cools, the sauce thickens greater.
PRESSURE COOKER: As with sluggish cooker instructions however strain prepare dinner dinner on excessive for 25 mins.
4. Pie Dish: It’s best to have a pie dish in which the filling comes as much as the pinnacle or maybe protrudes slightly (leaven though liquid ought to be at or simply under rim) so the puff pastry sits well on pinnacle. However, it’s now no longer the stop of the sector in case your dish isn’t always the proper size! Pictured pie dish is 24 x 20 x 4.five cm / 10 x eight x 1.eight″ (1.5L / 1.five Qt). A 20cm/eight″ rectangular pan is likewise a very good size, as might be a big or deep pie dish round 23 cm / 9.five″ x 4cm / 1.eight″ excessive. Also, that is extraordinary to make in character ramekins (that’s what I do if I even have a piece left over, the use of puff pastry scraps).
five. STORAGE: As with maximum sluggish cooked things, tastes even higher the following day so in my ideal world, I make the filling the day earlier than then cool overnight. To put together beforehand for refrigerator, thaw then pinnacle with puff pastry, preserve with inside the refrigerator for up to two days. Technically, thawed puff pastry stored with inside the refrigerator for some time puffs a wee bit much less however it’s now no longer considerable to me until coated up aspect via way of means of aspect. The filling freezes terrific as does the filling with uncooked puff pastry on pinnacle (thawed then refrozen puff pastry additionally puffs a teeny bit much less, however does now no longer prevent me). Always thaw earlier than baking. For all make beforehand scenarios, brush with egg simply earlier than baking.