Braised Beef and Red Wine Pie

Are you looking for a hearty and comforting dish to warm you up on a chilly evening? Look no further than this delicious Braised Beef and Red Wine Pie. This classic dish combines tender braised beef, rich red wine, and a flaky pastry crust to create a meal that is both satisfying and full of flavor. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply want to treat yourself to a special meal, this recipe is sure to impress.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss the beef cubes with flour until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef cubes in batches and brown on all sides. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.
  3. Add the diced onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Return the beef to the pot and add the red wine, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaves, and dried thyme. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover the pot and transfer to a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C). Braise for 2 to 2 ½ hours, or until the beef is tender.
  6. Remove the pot from the oven and discard the bay leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C).
  8. Transfer the braised beef mixture to a pie dish or individual ramekins.
  9. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Cut out a circle slightly larger than the pie dish or ramekins.
  10. Place the puff pastry over the beef mixture, pressing the edges to seal. Brush the pastry with beaten egg.
  11. Make a few small slits on the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
  13. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

This Braised Beef and Red Wine Pie is the perfect dish to enjoy on a cozy night in. The tender beef, flavorful red wine sauce, and flaky pastry crust come together to create a meal that is both comforting and delicious. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering dish!

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