Texas Country Cooking

Texas Country Cooking

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Leftovers - What's a Girl to Do?

I prepared a roast with potatoes and carrot and brown gravy while my parents were visiting last week.  We had quite a bit of roast left and my spouse suggested trying to make a homemade beef pot pie.  I fixed a homemade pie crust recipe that is my absolute favorite recipe in the world!  I decided instead of using the potatoes and carrots from the roast (there were not that many left anyway and I really thought since they were well done we might end up with mush rather than pieces of potato!), I would roast some potatoes and carrots with olive oil, a little kosher salt and some pepper.  It actually turned out really good.  We all enjoyed it and my son even ate some when he came in for a few days this week and liked it.

The pictures did not turn out very well - having some issues with my camera - might be operator error so please excuse that it's a little blurry.

Recipe is below the picture.

Beef Pot Pie

1 lb. roasted meat (leftovers work great), any cut of roast you prefer (shoulder, arm, rump, chuck) 
2 pkgs Brown Gravy Mix
4-5 potatoes, cut into chunks.
Petite Carrots, sliced in half lengthwise
Frozen Corn, ½ bag
2 Pie Crusts
Olive Oil

To make Pie Crust:
3 cups flour
1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco, chilled
1 egg
1 tbsp. vinegar
5-7 tbsp. water (ice cold)

Cut shortening into flour until the mixture resembles fine crumbles.  In a separate bowl, slightly beat the egg; add vinegar and 5 tbsp. of water.  Pour into flour/shortening mixture and mix with a fork until dough comes together and all flour is mixed in; if necessary add additional water, 1tbsp. at a time.  Divide dough into 2 sections with one part slightly larger than the other.  Chill while preparing rest of ingredients for the pot pie.

Drizzle olive oil on a large cookie sheet.  Spread potatoes and carrot slices on pan, drizzle lightly with additional olive oil; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Roast in oven at 350 degrees 30-45 minutes (want them to be close to done but not too soft).

Cut leftover roast into small bite size pieces.

Prepare brown gravy mix as instructed on package.

To assemble:
Roll out the larger section and place in a deep dish pie pan or a dutch oven that has been sprayed with Pam.  Spread roast over bottom crust, put potatoes and carrots over roast, add corn.  Pour gravy over all.  Roll out smaller section of crust and place on top; pinch top and bottom crust around the edge to seal well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until crust is well browned. 

Serves 8