A very British recipe for beef steak cubes. British butchers always have beef or veal kidney clean, cored and cut, one can even purchase the beef cubes and kidney mix ready to cook.
1 lb beef (lean beef steak, cut into cubes)
1⁄2 lb kidney (beef or veal kidney, cored and cut into pieces)
1 onion (medium sized, cut into pieces)
1 c broth (beef broth, or beef stock)
2 T tomato paste
1 T corn starch (cornflour)
8 oz pastry (puff pastry)
1 egg (beaten)
1 t salt
1 t pepper (ground black pepper)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C)
- Brown cubed beef steak for 4-5 minutes in a pan over a medium-high heat and transfer to a large ovenproof pie pan.
- Add kidney, onion and mushrooms. Stir to mix. Season.
- Mix cornstarch and tomato paste with the stock and pour over the meat and vegetables.
- Roll out the puff pastry. Make it large enough to cover the pie pan. To seal, dampen the edge ot the pan with water and press slightly the pastry against it. Brush the pastry with beaten egg.
- Cook in the center rack for over an hour, or until meat is done.
- Cover the pastry with kitchen foil once it has risen and it is golden brown to prevent burning.
- To make it very British, serve with potato mash, peas and gravy on the side.
1 hour, 45 minutes