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Guinness Steak Pie

Jamie Oliver’s
Steak, Guinness and Cheese Pie with a Puff Pastry Lid

If you’re searching for a St. Patrick’s Day supper recipe (or a hearty meal to warm your spirits), this is a delicious alternative to the traditional pot of corned beef and cabbage, especially if you’re a “meat pie” lover like me.

Steak & Guinness Pie, MyLastBite.com

The recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s terrific cookbook “Jamie at Home”, which coincides with his show on Food Network. The episode with this recipe is called “Pastry”, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

This dish is now a St. Paddy’s Day tradition in our house, and it’s always a hit with friends and family.

My changes to the original recipe are noted in orange.

Ingredients

Olive oil
3 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1 oz butter plus extra for greasing
Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 2, MyLastBite.com2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery trimmed and chopped
4 field mushrooms peeled and sliced
2 1/2 pound brisket or stewing beef cut in to 1 inch cubes
a few sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 can of Guinness beer

(Instead I used 2 bottles ofGuinness Draught, 11.2 oz size bottles)
2 heaped tablespoons of flour
7 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
2 sheets of ready made good quality all butter puff pastry
1 large organic free range egg, beaten

(I also added 1 chopped Jalapeno for heat)

Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 3, MyLastBite.com

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large ovenproof pan, heat a glug of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry them gently for about ten minutes – try not to color them too much.

Turn up the heat add the garlic, butter, carrots, celery, jalapenos and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of slat and a level teaspoon of pepper.

Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 4, MyLastBite.comFry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in one bottle of Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about one (1) and 1/2 hours.

Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back in to the oven and continue to cook it for another hour or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich dark and thick. (I added another half bottle of Guinness at this point).

Jamie notes: “A perfect pie filling needs to be robust, so if it’s still quite liquidy, place the pan on the hob (stove top) and reduce until the sauce thickens.”

Remove it from the heat and stir in half of the cheese, then season carefully and leave it to cool slightly.

Cut about a third of the pastry from the block. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll both pieces of pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin.

Butter an appropriately sized pie dish then line with the larger sheet, leaving the edges dangling over the sides.

Tip (pour or spoon) the stew into your pastry lined dish and even it out before sprinkling the remaining cheese over it.

Guinness Steak Pie

Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg.

Guinness Steak Pie

Cut the other rolled sheet of pastry to fit the top of the pie dish and criss-cross lightly with a sharp knife. Place it over the top of the pie and fold the overhanging pastry on to the pastry lid to make it look nice and rustic.

Brush the top with beaten egg then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes until the pastry is cooked puffed and golden.

Guinness Steak Pie

Serves 4 to 6

Guinness Steak Pie

Jamie Oliver’s Official Website

“Jamie at Home” on Food Network

If you have the U.K. version of the book “Jamie Oliver at Home”, it’s on page 342.

I use this Gram Conversion Calculator

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Originally posted Mar 13, 2009

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Greek Lemon Chicken

Allergy season in the San Fernando Valley is, by far, my least favorite time of year. It’s now been a month since my spring-time symptoms kicked in, and I’ve been feeling pretty lousy the entire time: Itchy and watery eyes, non-stop sneezing, postnasal drip (with congestion, which I don’t understand), loss of smell, and the worst part, for me, are those dreadful hours when I loose my sense of taste.

I’m currently taking two different prescription medications that definitely help ease the symptoms, but living with three dogs (who sleep in the bed) only adds to the problem. Peter and I will never get rid of our dogs (aka our “kids”), and honestly, most of the time I just feel really grateful that seasonal allergies are my only health issues.

But last week, on top of dealing with my sensitive sinus problems, I came down with a nasty, head cold. I didn’t even know it was a cold for the first few days because I hadn’t had a good night sleep in weeks, and already felt drained and depressed. I tried to shake the blues by drinking extra cups of green tea, reading my current favorite book on the sunny porch out front, and also by taking extra walks with the pups.

When I woke up Thursday morning still feeling gloomy, I suddenly remembered that one thing that was missing from my days. Talking aloud to myself (with my dogs tucked in snugly beside me), I sat up in bed and said, “cook, stupid”.

Because I was suffering from both allergies and a head cold, I hadn’t cooked a proper meal all week. Hot tea and cereal for breakfast, cold meds for lunch and “frozen entrées” for dinner. No wonder I felt like crap. Physically, I wasn’t getting any real nutrition, and I’d forgotten to do the one thing every day that makes my spirits soar.

I then decided to make one of my very favorite, super EASY one pan meals. Greek Lemon Chicken with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes. I first had it when I visited friends in the Greek Islands over twenty years ago, and it’s always a comforting plate of food. And as you can imagine, I felt amazingly better after just one bite.

Greek Lemon Chicken w/ Roasted Garlic and Potatoes

Ingredients:

3 1/2 to 4 pounds of chicken pieces (I prefer thighs and legs) with skin.

3 medium lemons (juiced, but save lemon halves)

3 pounds of baby potatoes (your favorite)

1 tablespoon of oregano

2 to 3 teaspoons of salt (to your liking)

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

2 medium heads of garlic

1/2 cup of olive oil

Greek Lemon Chicken 2, MyLastBite.com
Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Clean the chicken and potatoes, dry then place in large baking pan.

Cut tops of garlic (be careful) to expose cloves, and set face up in pan.

Next add olive oil, the juice of 2 lemons, then rub over everything.

Make sure there’s a nice coating of oil on the bottom of pan, so the chicken doesn’t stick.

Add oregano, salt and pepper. Coat everything in the pan.

Add the last two lemon halves in pan and let bake with the other ingredients.

Now, turn chicken pieces so the skin in facing down on the pan bottom.

Greek Lemon Chicken 3, MyLastBite.comCook for about 90 minutes total:
After 30 minutes, carefully remove hot pan from oven and gently turn over the chicken pieces so the skin is facing UP. This way you’ll get a nice, crispy and flavorful skin.

At the same time, turn over the potatoes and then place back in oven for 60 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

To serve: After the garlic heads have cooled, you can pop out each roasted clove with a knife and serve the sweet, mushy cloves on top of the chicken. Or, do what I did and serve the entire half of the clove itself. They’re delicious smashed into the potatoes or added to warm, crusty bread as well. The extra lemon halves (now soft and baked) can be eaten too. Enjoy.

Greek Lemon Chicken 4, MyLastBite.com

Note: The dish is terrific on it’s own, but it’s even better with a Horiatiki Salata (classic Greek country salad). I didn’t think to get the Greek salad ingredients at the market that day, so I tossed together a side dish with things I had at home: clementines, fresh green beans, and roasted beets.

Mentioned Above:

Horiatiki Salata: Recipe for Greek Country Salad

My Pups

In Greece

Cuties California Clementines

Current favorite book: “A Homemade Life” by Molly Wizenberg

“Cook, Stupid.” written by Jo Stougaard ©MyLastBite.com All Rights Reserved. No usage allowed including copying or sharing without written permission.

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Sage Potato Chips

I love making crispy fried sage. They’re just great on top of grilled steak or even crumbled on hashed browns. Sometimes I just eat them by themselves like potato chips, simply fried in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.

Sage Chips Photo #7 MyLastBite.comSo when I saw a recipe for “Sage Potato Chips” in Saveur Magazine, I knew I’d have to try it out immediately. The original recipe is by Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and I was totally mesmerized by the accompanying photograph in the magazine. I used the ingredients that I already had in my kitchen, and it was easy and delicious. 

What you need:
Potatoes (I had Russet on hand)
Sage Leaves
Oil
Sea Salt
Paprika 

Step 1: Clean and dry sage and potatoes
Sage Chips Photo 1 MyLastBite.com

Step 2: Using a mandolin, make long slices of the potato
Sage Chips Photo 2 MyLastBite.com

Step 3: Make 2 cuts in the center of the potato to hold the sage leaf
Sage Chips Photo 3 MyLastBite.com

Step 4: Heat up oil to 200 degrees and fry each potato slice (without the sage) for ten seconds each then drain
Sage Chips Photo 4 MyLastBite.com

Step 4: After the potato piece cools down a bit, insert one sage leaf into the center cuts. Note: I had BIG sage leaves in my garden and had to adjust the slits so they fit.
Sage Chips Photo 5 MyLastBite.com

Step 5: Raise the oil in the pan to 350 degrees and fry slices again (with the sage leaves inserted) until golden and crispy
Sage Chips Photo 6 MyLastBite.com

Step 6: Season with sea salt and paprika
Sage Chips Photo 8 MyLastBite.com

Dan Barber’s Original Recipe and Photo Here

Sage Potato ChipsMentioned Above:

Saveur Magazine

Article about Blue Hill at Stone Barns

About Chef Dan Barber

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Guinness Steak Pie

Jamie Oliver’s
Steak, Guinness and Cheese Pie with a Puff Pastry Lid

If you’re searching for a St. Patrick’s Day supper recipe (or a hearty meal to warm your spirits), this is a delicious alternative to the traditional pot of corned beef and cabbage, especially if you’re a “meat pie” lover like me.

Steak & Guinness Pie, MyLastBite.com

The recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s terrific cookbook “Jamie at Home”, which coincides with his show on Food Network. The episode with this recipe is called “Pastry”, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

This dish is now a St. Paddy’s Day tradition in our house, and it’s always a hit with friends and family.

My changes to the original recipe are noted in orange.

Ingredients

Olive oil
3 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1 oz butter plus extra for greasing
Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 2, MyLastBite.com2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery trimmed and chopped
4 field mushrooms peeled and sliced
2 1/2 pound brisket or stewing beef cut in to 1 inch cubes
a few sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 can of Guinness beer

(Instead I used 2 bottles of Guinness Draught, 11.2 oz size bottles)
2 heaped tablespoons of flour
7 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
2 sheets of ready made good quality all butter puff pastry
1 large organic free range egg, beaten

(I also added 1 chopped Jalapeno for heat)

Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 3, MyLastBite.com

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large ovenproof pan, heat a glug of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry them gently for about ten minutes – try not to color them too much.

Turn up the heat add the garlic, butter, carrots, celery, jalapenos and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of slat and a level teaspoon of pepper.

Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 4, MyLastBite.comFry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in one bottle of Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about one (1) and 1/2 hours.

Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back in to the oven and continue to cook it for another hour or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich dark and thick. (I added another half bottle of Guinness at this point).

Jamie notes: “A perfect pie filling needs to be robust, so if it’s still quite liquidy, place the pan on the hob (stove top) and reduce until the sauce thickens.”

Remove it from the heat and stir in half of the cheese, then season carefully and leave it to cool slightly.

Steak & Guinness Pie Photo 5, MyLastBite.comCut about a third of the pastry from the block. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll both pieces of pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin.

Butter an appropriately sized pie dish then line with the larger sheet, leaving the edges dangling over the sides.

Tip (pour or spoon) the stew into your pastry lined dish and even it out before sprinkling the remaining cheese over it.

Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg.

Cut the other rolled sheet of pastry to fit the top of the pie dish and criss-cross lightly with a sharp knife. Place it over the top of the pie and fold the overhanging pastry on to the pastry lid to make it look nice and rustic.

Brush the top with beaten egg then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes until the pastry is cooked puffed and golden.

Serves 4 to 6
Jamie Oliver's Steak & Guinness Pie

Jamie Oliver’s Official Website

“Jamie at Home” on Food Network

If you have the U.K. version of the book “Jamie Oliver at Home”, it’s on page 342.

I use this Gram Conversion Calculator

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

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Pork Loin Baked in Salt

This is an easy José Andrés recipe that I saw on “A Moveable Feast with America’s Favorite Chefs” last weekend. You don’t even need to write down a grocery list really… it’s just pork, salt and your favorite herbs. 

Andrés used parsley, thyme and rosemary in his original recipe. I love sage with pork, so I used that and a little parsley. The pork loin was really juicy, delicious and tender, even when I grilled up leftovers for lunch today.

Enjoy!

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 4), MyLastBite.com

Pork Loin Baked in Salt with sliced Spanish Cured Ham
Recipe by José Andrés, Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 1), MyLastBite.com• 3 pounds sea salt

• 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

• 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

• 6 sprigs fresh thyme

• 1  2- pound pork loin (two pound)

• 4 ounces of thinly sliced jamón serrano (Spanish cured ham)

• Spanish extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 2), MyLastBite.comPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix the salt with 3 tablespoons water until the salt is slightly damp. The salt should be moist so it packs well. (As noted in the comments below by Reina Romero, the 3 tablespoons of water was not sufficient. If you feel you need more than the 3 tablespoons, just keep adding a little water at a time so the water packs together and doesn’t fall apart in your hands.)

Spread half of the salt on a sheet tray and lay 2 sprigs of the rosemary and the parsley and 3 sprigs of thyme on top of the salt.

Place the pork loin on top of the herbs. Lay the remaining herbs on top of the pork loin and cover the pork completely with the remaining salt, making sure to pack the salt in well around the pork.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pork and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 3), MyLastBite.comUsing a fork and spoon, crack open the side of the salt crust. The upper half of the salt, now a hard shell, should lift off easily. Transfer the pork to cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Slice the loin into half-inch slices and arrange on four plates.

Lay slices of jamón in between pork slices. Drizzle with some olive oil and serve.

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 5), MyLastBite.com

Leftovers below!

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 6), MyLastBite.com

Pork Baked in Salt (Photo 7), MyLastBite.com

More about “A Moveable Feast with America’s Favorite Chefs” 

José Andrés – Made In Spain Website

With my favorite tv chef

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Bacon, Eggs and “Pasta” – Recipe

I love Shirataki Tofu Noodles because they’re a great low-carb alternative to pasta. If you haven’t had them before then you’re probably thinking “Gross! TOFU Noodles??”… but I love them enough to keep them stocked in my fridge.

I’m always looking for ways to cut carbs at home (only at home), so I can continue eating out a couple times a week, and not have to someday turn MyLastBite into “MyBigButt”! I refuse to “diet”, but I’ll happily eat less now so I can eat whatever I want next weekend.

Low-carb Shirataki noodles are already cooked, so you just need to warm them through and then add to whatever you’re making. My two favorite dishes are Shirataki Angel Hair mixed with a little olive oil, fresh herbs and turmeric (topped with chicken), and also a breakfast pasta (recipe below). It’s a filling and a totally gratifying meal, and then I can “save up” eating those extra carbs and calories for my next, outrageous dining adventure!

Bacon, Eggs and “Pasta”

1 Package of Shirataki Angel Hair Pasta
2 slices of cooked bacon (cut into pieces)
1 egg, mixed and ready for pan
1 scallion, sliced
1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped
1 serrano chili, chopped (optional) 
1 teaspoon of chili pepper (I use Nanami Togarashi) 

Throughly rinse the noodles in hot water and drain. When you first open the package, it will smell a little “fishy”. Don’t worry, the smell will go away after rinsing.

Heat nonstick frying pan and warm bacon through. Remove from pan.

Using residual bacon fat in pan, cook scallion and serrano chili to your liking. Remove and add to bacon.

For the egg, add oil or butter to pan if needed, then heat up and gently pour in mixed egg. Lift the handle of the pan and spread the egg around to make a thin omelet. After the egg is cooked on both sides, flip onto cutting board and slice into bite-size pieces (or simply scramble).

Off the heat, add the Shirataki noodles to the frying pan.

Stir in all the cooked ingredients, parsley and add seasoning to your liking.

Enjoy immediately.

Shiritaki Bacon & Eggs, MyLastBite.com
Five minutes to breakfast

Shiritaki, MyLastBite.com
How the noodles look right out of the package.

Shiritaki, MyLastBite.com
After rinsing.

Shiritaki Bacon & Eggs, MyLastBite.com
My Breakfast Pasta. It does NOT taste like a “diet meal”.

Shiritaki Bacon & Eggs, MyLastBite.com

You can easily find Shirataki Noodles at Gelsons and Ralphs markets (if you live in L.A.) and they’re available online too.

Shirataki Noodles (6 grams of Carbs per package)

Nanami Togarashi Chili Pepper

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ChimiTuna Recipe

I love grilling steak and topping it with homemade chimichurri sauce. It’s easy to make and the fresh zesty taste just can’t be beat. Since I usually end up with a little extra sauce the next day, I like using it up on things like a spinach omelette, or layered in a cheese quesadilla.

Chimichurri, MyLastBite.comThe other day I was trying to figure out what to have for lunch and grabbed a package of tuna from my pantry. When I opened the fridge to look for ingredients, I noticed some leftover chimichurri sauce from the night before. Why not mix the tuna and chimichurri? Why hadn’t I tried this before? 

I went ahead and prepped the tuna like I usually do (instructions below), but this time I left out the mayo, mustard and lemon juice. Instead, I mixed in the chimichurri sauce and it was fantastic. I especially liked the lime and the subtle heat of the jalapeno pepper.

Now, when I make chimichurri sauce for steak night, I will definitely make a double batch so I have plenty leftover for a ChimiTuna salad.

For the Tuna Mixture:

1 Package of Albacore Tuna (if using canned, drain first)

1/2 celery stalk, chopped

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

1/2 small red onion, diced

For the Chimichurri Sauce:

1 cup packed chopped cilantro

1 cup packed chopped Italian parsley

1 clove of garlic

Zest of 1/2 a lime

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Diced jalapeno chili (how much depends how spicy you like it)

1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil (more depending how thick you want the sauce. I like it really thick.)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into Food Processor and pulse until blended

Makes about 1 cup

Combine and Mix:

After you’ve made the tuna mixture, add chimichurri mix one spoonful at a time until it’s to your liking.

Gently mix, cover tightly and chill in fridge for a few hours (so the flavors can marry). I usually eat it with crispy whole-grain crackers or stuffed in a wheat pita.
ChimiTuna, MyLastBite.com

History of Chimichurri Sauce

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