Is there anything more comforting on a cold winter’s day, than a well-spiced meat dish, enveloped in a soft and flaky crust?
Last week I made this beef steak pie recipe from Mrs. Randolph’s cook book for the first time. My young family were all very ardent in their praise of it, and as I was cleaning away the supper dishes my little Samuel implored me sweetly, “may we have this again tomorrow please, Mama?”
While I did not make this again the next day, my little fellow was encouraged by my reply that now I know how to make it, this is a dish we will enjoy often.
This particular recipe for beef steak pie is rendered especially excellent by the addition of sliced ham, which gives pleasing variation in both flavor and texture to the meat filling.
I know of several housekeepers that adjust this recipe by omitting the bottom crust, placing the filling directly into the plate, and sealing only the top with a good thick puff paste. For those who would like to follow Mrs. Randolph’s recipe exactly, I have copied it here:
For my own family (perhaps in part because I have young children), I have found that I prefer cutting the beef into smaller pieces before placing them in the dish.
With the addition of a vegetable dish or two, this truly makes a hearty and delicious meal, and one very suitable for entertaining guests. I expect to make it many times again, which I know my family will be pleased to hear.
This recipe has been adapted for clarity, and the use of modern ovens. For the original recipe exactly as written, see the quoted text above. ~ F. Nelson
- 1 pound beef steaks
- 8 ounces sliced boiled ham
- 4 tablespoons butter or lard
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- pastry for a deep-dish 2-crust pie
- Cut nice steaks, and stew slowly them in enough water to cover, till half done (about 30 minutes.) Reserve the liquid in which the beef steaks have been stewed.
- Line the bottom of a deep pie dish with one half of the paste.
- Lay in the steaks, alternating with the boiled ham.
- In a pan over low heat, melt the butter or lard, then quickly whisk in the flour. Add 2 cups of the reserved beef liquid. Stir over low heat until thick.
- Season the gravy very high, pour it in the dish over the meat.
- Put on a lid of paste and bake it at 350, until golden brown and bubbling, about 35-40 minutes
For those who would like to use Mrs. Randolph's rule for puff paste, I have copied it below. ~ F. Nelson
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 556mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 30g