Day 24 of 28, a Bit More Bullying for the Beef.
The original post is here if you missed it and we have had two meals each (4 servings) from the beef, so far.
Tonight I made a large pie that will provide two of us with three meals each (6 servings), so that will be 10 meals from the £6 piece of beef. I had saved the gravy juices from the meat after slow cooking it, so that had been frozen for later use, too - I simply defrost it when needed and thicken it with some cheap, instant gravy granules.
|Homemade roast beef and onion pie just out the oven|
Pastry is great stuff, isn't it? I use 50g margarine, 50g lard and 200g plain flour with a pinch of salt and some water to bind it. then roll it out in plain flour.
|Greasing the plate with the lard wrapper|
|Rolling out the chilled pastry|
|Glowing like savoury gold - roast beef with onions in gravy|
I freeze most things in margarine tubs, so the above is the rolled pastry with half a tub of beef plus gravy - I used a dinner plate for baking it. Paint around the edges with beaten egg so you get a food seal between bottom and top of the pie pastry. You can use milk if you have no egg or just seal it with water if all else fails, then press the edges together with a fork. Make a little hole in the centre to let out any excess steam.
|Use up the pastry trimmings to decorate your pie|
|Making pudding from the leftovers|
The leftover pastry was enough to roll out and line two small flan dishes, so I put a scoop of homemade blackcurrant jam into each. The egg... I creamed a little sugar and margarine, added some self-raising flour and beat in the little bit egg with some water and used this frugal sponge-like mix to cover the jam in the pastry cases.
|Leftovers being turned into fruit sponge in pastry|
|Fruit sponge flans made from pie-making leftovers|