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A Fine Beefsteak Pie. Recipe

A Fine Beefsteak Pie Recipe

History:
Beefsteak pie has a long history and is a traditional British dish. It originated in the 18th century and was popularized as a hearty and warming meal. It was a favorite among working-class families and often served at pubs. The combination of tender beefsteak, flavorful seasonings, and a buttery pastry crust makes this dish a comforting and satisfying choice. Over the years, variations of beefsteak pie have emerged, but the classic recipe remains a staple in British cuisine.

Fun Fact:
In the 19th century, the pie was sometimes called a "beef collop pie," with collop referring to a slice of meat. However, the term collop has since become less common, and the dish is now widely known as beefsteak pie.

Ingredients:
- 2 pounds beefsteaks
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon mushroom powder
- 1 pint strong broth
- 2 tablespoons Harvey sauce
- Beef suet pastry (for the crust)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Cut the beefsteaks into large collops.

3. Heat a frying pan over high heat and quickly fry the beefsteaks on both sides until browned. This step helps seal in the juices and adds flavor to the meat.

4. Place the fried beefsteaks in a baking dish in two or three layers, sprinkling salt, pepper, and mushroom powder between each layer.

5. In a separate bowl, mix the strong broth and Harvey sauce together.

6. Pour the broth mixture over the beefsteaks in the baking dish.

7. Prepare the beef suet pastry. You can either use a store-bought pastry or make your own by combining flour, grated suet, and a pinch of salt. Mix in enough water until the dough comes together.

8. Roll out the beef suet pastry and cover the beefsteaks in the baking dish, making sure to seal the edges.

9. Place the beefsteak pie in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 2 hours or until the pastry is golden and cooked through.

10. Once cooked, remove the beefsteak pie from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

11. Serve the beefsteak pie hot, either as a standalone dish or with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Enhancement Tips:
- For added richness and flavor, you can add diced onions, carrots, or mushrooms to the beefsteak pie during the layering process.
- You can customize the seasonings by adding herbs such as thyme or rosemary to the beefsteak pie.
- For a velvety texture, you can thicken the broth mixture with a roux before pouring it over the beefsteaks.
- To make individual-sized beefsteak pies, portion the meat and pastry into individual ramekins or pie dishes.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy the hearty and savory flavors of beefsteak pie, you might also appreciate these similar recipe dishes:

1. Steak and Ale Pie: This classic British dish combines tender chunks of beef with rich ale gravy, enclosed in a crisp pastry crust.

2. Chicken Pot Pie: This American favorite features diced chicken, vegetables, and a creamy filling, all encased in a flaky pie crust.

3. Shepherds Pie: A comforting and wholesome dish made with minced lamb or beef, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown.

4. Cottage Pie: Similar to shepherds pie, cottage pie uses ground meat, typically beef, and a layer of mashed potatoes.

These dishes showcase the versatility of pies and are perfect for enjoying a filling and delicious meal.

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