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  1. Meat Pies A quick and simple dinner meal and my October challenge entry. Nothing fancy just simple basic food. Meat pies – a filling of homemade chaurice sausage and caramelized onion accented with a pork and beef gravy and Abergele cheese baked on Big Joe. And … Desert - a dark chocolate desert pie (butter, dark cocoa powder, sugar, pinch ground cloves, pinch ground cinnamon) The What and How The meat base for these pies was my homemade Louisiana chaurice sausage. (here http://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/22989-louisiana-creole-chaurice-sausage-and-lagniappe/ ) removed from the casing and browned with caramelized onions. A highly flavored leftover stock from boiling pork and beef together for a homemade goetta sausage was transformed into a thick rich gravy using butter and flour and cooking to reduce. The browned meat and the gravy were then folded for the pie filling. Allow to cool before filling the pastry. Taking the simple approach, the dough rounds were Pillsbury buttermilk flakey biscuits in the pop open tube rolled out to 6 inch rounds. Place ¼ cup meat on dough round and the grated Abergele cheese. Fold and seal. Brush with an egg wash. Baked on Big Joe at 375-390 degrees indirect for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. Then enjoyed by all. In Pictures Chaurice Sausage and Onions Gravy for the Filling Filling and Gravy Mix Loading the Dough Rounds (thanks son!) Fold and Seal Egg Wash Half Way Through the Baking on Big Joe First Pan of Pies Finished – Let’s Eat - They Smell So Good. Nice Golden Brown Hand Sized Meat Pies - Ready for the Plate and the Mouth!
  2. Meat & Potato Pie Extraordinaire This meat and potato pie with a mushroom and onion beef gravy is cooked in a Kamado Joe dutch oven. The over the top aspect of this pie is that the meat is not just a typical pan-browned ground beef - they are grilled meatballs - and that the sauce is mushroom enhanced. The accompaniment was an inslata caprese in a heart of romaine boat using my homemade mozzarella. A full set of the prep and cook photos is below the write up. The beef is made into meatballs that are about 1 ¼ inch in diameter with chopped onion, parsley, minced garlic, salt and black pepper, some Lea & Perrins, one egg beaten with some half and half and just enough bread crumbs to lightly bind the meat. They are gently mixed and formed to keep them on the looser side. Why the meatballs you ask? Well, I wanted the meat to be browned and have a grilled and smoky flavor but also not to be dried out like they could get if grilled as a burger patty. Plus the flavor of a meatball is just so good all by itself and they were made small enough to remain mostly intact in the pie. So by making the meatballs I could grill them on Joe at 375 on direct heat with some pecan wood. They do not take long to cook. Keep a close eye in them. This approach browned the meatballs, just got them to the cooked point and gave them a grilled richness and a moistness for the pie – just what I wanted in the dish to add the “extraordinaire” touch. The gravy is fresh sliced/chopped mushrooms that were reduced in butter and olive oil over high heat. When they have caramelized, reduce heat, add onions and sweat for several minutes. Add some red pepper flakes and the flour (I used several tablespoons) and stir to get the flour well coated in the oil and butter. Next finish out the sauce with initially about 2 cups of a low sodium beef broth enhanced with an extra bouillon cube or two. I actually used 2 tablespoons of “Better than Bouillion Beef Base” in 2 cups water for a very beefy stock. I also added ½ cup half and half (it was left over). Adjust sauce thickness to be a slow pourable gravy. Amend with additional liquid if necessary – I used milk to adjust. If needed, you can add extra flour for more thickness by mixing in cool water before adding. The potatoes were reds that were left over from dinner the day before. Layer the meatballs, potatoes, and gravy in the dutch oven. Cover with pie crust. Brush crust with a wash of an egg mixed with a bit of water. Poke vent holes in crust. There are two crusts in the package and I used 1 -1/2 . The pie was baked indirect in the Kamado at 400 for around 45 minutes until the crust is browned. I raised the temp to 450 after 35 minutes when the filling started to bubble thru the crust vent holes as the crust was not at the top level of the dutch oven and I wanted to speed the browning with a hotter air flow since it was recessed. As lagniappe, since the accompaniment for the meal was going to be a variation of an insalata caprese with my homemade mozzarella cheese, when I saw I had left over pie crust I quickly put together some “pizza” margherita appetizers. No sauce – just some olive oil on the crust. Cooked next to the pie for about 15 minutes until cheese finally started to toast and the crust had set up. They were really good. I gotta tell ya, and the family will agree, this was indeed a meat and potato pie extraordinaire. The flavor from the grilled meatballs with some smokiness was outstanding and was well complemented by the mushroom/onion gravy. It was hard to stop at just seconds. Glad there is enough left over for lunches and/or another meal. It may be a simple dish but certainly one that could be served to company with rave reviews. The dutch oven was the perfect cooking vessel on this type of cook. Here is the prep and cook from start to finish in photos: The Meatballs Meatballs (all 42 of them – about 2.5 lbs of Costco ground beef) The Raw Meatballs Cooking on Big Joe (you have to carefully turn them with spatula and tongs to avoid them breaking apart – cook unit just done – do not overcook and risk drying them out) They Tasted Good Just Like This The Sauce/Gravy The Mushrooms and Onions Sauteed in Butter and Olive Oil After Addition of the Flour The Finished Gravy (it is good all by itself, too – would be great over toast points) Finalizing the Pie The Cooked Potatoes Putting It Together Add the Gravy Now The Pie Crusts Time to Bake Get it Baking on Big Joe (use a double deflector with air spacer to keep bottom from burning) The Appetizer is Ready to Serve Pie is Baked – Yeah! Wonderful Crust A Last Look Thanks for virtually sharing this meal.
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