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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comfort - in leftover form

How many of you eat beef for the holidays?  I know a lot of people who do...it's a pretty popular tradition.  Chances are, though, you always end up with some leftover...and what a sin it would be to throw it away (you all know how much I hate that!).  So, I thought this post would be helpful right about now.

After having a TON of leftover roast beef a few weeks ago, I had to come up with creative ways to use it.  'Tis the season for comfort food...and what screams comfort more than pot pie?

This is what the inside looks like.  YUM.

And this is what the outside looks like when you're in a rush to cut slits into the crust :)

Obviously the same can be done with chicken, ham, turkey, or even a vegetarian version would be delicious.  The point is - don't waste good food!  This takes about 10 minutes to throw together and is a great meal for this time of year.

Leftover Beef Pot Pie
leftover roast beef, cut into bite size pieces
leftover gravy (or make some, or use jarred)
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
3 potatoes, cooked and cubed
3 carrots, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
3/4 cup frozen peas
oregano, salt, pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1 pie crust (homemade or store bought)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium size skillet, add butter, followed by beef.  Add gravy and wine, and season with oregano, salt and pepper.  Let cook for about a minute, then add potatoes, carrots, onion and peas to skillet.  Toss to combine and distribute flavors.

Pour mixture into pie plate and cover with crust.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Serves 4.

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At December 20, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Ayshela said...

You have add gravy and wine in there twice - are we supposed to split the amount we add?

At December 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Thanks for pointing out my typo - fixed it!

At December 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous Katerina said...

I always try to use leftovers, it is really a shame to throw all this food away! This pie is a great idea to recycle it and make something equally delicious to the first dish you made!

At December 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM , Blogger Mom said...

That looks really good..I 'll have to remember that the next time I make stew.


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