Monday, 18 July 2016

Steak and Mushroom Pies Bento

After two weeks holiday, the boys are ready for school again. For their lunches, I prepared their favourite : Steak and Mushroom Pies. We used to buy them before, but because my kids love them so much, I tried to make them myself and actually it is not that hard. Here I share you my recipe :

Steak and Mushroom Pies

Ingredients :
- 675g braised steak, cut into small pieces
- 225g button mushrooms, halved
- 200g store bought puff pastry
- 600ml beef stock
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbs cooking oil
- 25g of plain flour
- 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbs mushroom sauce
- egg or milk to glaze

Method :
1.Heat the cooking oil in a large frying pan.
2.In the meantime, trim the fat from the meat and then toss in the flour seasoned with salt and pepper.
3.Fry the meat in the fat until browned and then add the onion and mushrooms.
4.Sprinkle the seasoned flour into the pan and cook until golden brown.
5.Add the Worcestershire sauce, mushroom sauce and add more seasoning.
6.Pour in enough stock to cover the beef and leave to simmer for 45 minutes.
7.Preheat the oven to a temperature of 150°C.
8.Roll out a single puff pastry on a flat surface. Use a large cookie cutter or any sort of circular lid to cut out a 4-inch circle of dough. Press each dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin so that a tiny rim of dough remains sticking out the top. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin cups.
9.Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup pie filling, or until the filling nearly fills the cups.
10.Cut out a circle of dough just large enough to cover the top of the crust. Use your fingers to gently press the top crust to the bottom crust until they stick together and no gaps remain. (you can use fork to stick them together).
11.Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each pie with the whisked egg. Then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden and the filling begins to bubble.
12. Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully use a knife to loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift each pie out. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

For my eldest son, I prepared :
1. Steak and mushroom pie
2. Chicken ragout risoles
3. Milk jelly with nata de coco (car-shaped)
4. Segmented orange for recess

My youngest son had the similar lunch with his brother. For the milk jelly he got the Doraemon shaped.