Elk & Spinach Pot Pie



Thinking Irish? Is it Saint Patrick's Day? Or just want to have fun with your kids? Then get cooking, Pot Pie is a good way to tell your kids what moms did before tapper ware, thou in those times the dough used to be a bit more harder, because they were actually intended to be the lids of the pots. Wives will walk to the fields were their husbands were working the land, pot pies were an easy fix for keeping warm and avoid spillage. 

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 lb elk beef
1 Cup roughly chopped carrots
1 Cup waxy potatoes,  diced
1 Cup green peas
2 Cups of Baby Spinach Leaves
Thyme, a pinch or two
1 tsp granulated garlic
Salt,  to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 batch of country biscuits, or buy a Puff Pastry Dough for a more sophisticated look !!!
Egg wash (1 egg with 1 Tblsp of cream, beaten)

Preparation:


  1. Heat a heavy bottom shallow pot, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot.
  2. Incorporate the meat to the pot, season with salt and start browning quikly with the stove on high temperature, to prevent the meat from sticking to the pot.
  3. When the meat is all browned, add 2 cups of water and braise the meat until tender;  you will probably need to add more water.
  4. When meat is tender add the carrots,  make sure there is plenty water for all the vegetables coming. 
  5. Add the potatoes after 2 minutes and thyme and garlic. Add peas when carrots an potatoes are almost cook. With the help of cornstarch, thicken the cooking liquid into a sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper if need it.
  6. Butter a large pie mold and place the spinach on bottom, place the elk stew on top of it and cover with the biscuit dough (rolled to about 1cm thick).
  7. Egg wash the top of the dough. Bake at 400*F for about 15 minutes.


    Things to Remember:

    • To give color to your dough, just use some liquid color and brush lightly on dough after the egg wash. This is really fun for your kids, is easy and it let's you personalize dinner time to make it special for them.
    • Using tiny cookie cutters find shapes that will go along with the season, or the filling, or the person you ae cooking for. 
    • Make individuals and cut the name of your kids or guest.
    • if you have left over meat (beef, chicken, turkey) you can  do this dish.
    • the spinach on the bottom can be change or obvious. Find what is in season.
    • If wanted use country biscuit dough at bottom as well, but if place at bottom you need to roll it thinner.

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