Thursday, December 30, 2010

Leftover Prime Rib Marsala or Beef Marsala Pot Pie

Leftover Prime, or other Beef Any Beef Roast pieces around 3 cups
2 1/2  cups assorted vegetable suggestions: carrots, pea's mushrooms, corn,  or other leftover vegetables you may have on hand
One or more cups cubed potatoes
1 1/2 cups of beef gravy homemade or canned gravy mixed with 1/4 cup of marsala wine
pastry for a two crust pie
heavy cream or milk, and butter, to brush on top of crust

Mom's pie crust recipe:

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt mix together with flour
2/3 cups shortening cut into the flour then add
4 1/2 tablespoons ice water
Mix till dough forms a ball...Roll out on floured board two 9 inch crust and line pie plate.
Brush bottom of crust with 1 tablespoon butter.

Homemade gravy:
2 tablespoons beef fat and juices
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef stock (omit 1/4 cup beef stock if using Marsala)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch of pepper and salt
1/4 cup of Marsala optional

Pour beef juices into a small saucepan and add an equal amount of flour to the juices. Mix them together well. Then turn on a very low heat and stir constantly so the gravy doesn't burn. You need to continue stirring and cooking this mixture until it turns brown and starts to bubble a little. The flour needs to be cooked properly, otherwise your gravy will taste raw.

Remove the flour mixture from the heat and very slowly add the beef stock in small amounts. I add everything to a food processor to make a smooth gravy. Then put back on heat.  Don't leave your gravy unattended. Continue stirring until it reaches the thickness you desire and then serve immediately or use for pot pie.
Line pie plate with rolled out dough. Place chunks of meat and mixed vegetables on top of crust. Pour gravy mixed with marsala,  on top of meat and vegetable mixture. Place another piece of rolled dough to fit  over the top. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 400 till brown and bubbly around 45 minutes to an hour. Serve.
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