3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 T. (1 stick) butter, no substitutes
1-1/2 C. flour
dash of salt
Place cream cheese and butter in bowl and soften. Add flour and salt, and cut in with pastry blender or fork until well blended. Form into ball, wrap in wax paper and chill 1 hour.
Or~combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until ball forms by using on off switch. Wrap in wax paper and chill 1 hour.
1 pound beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. (Precooked pot roast or raw sirloin or pork lion cubes sauteed lightly in butter.)
4 strips slab bacon cut into small pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 C. mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. butter
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 C. water
1 large carrot, chopped in large chunks (about 1 cup)
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. dried savory
3 T. currants
2 T. fresh parsley
1 T. tomato paste
2 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 C. fresh or frozen peas
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 T. flour
1/2 C. beef stock
In large saute' pan, cook bacon until golden brown; remove to large bowl, add beef and set aside. Pour off most of bacon fat, reserving 1 T. in pan. Saute' onion and garlic in reserved fat about 3 minutes until wilted and add to cook bacon in large bowl.
Toss mushrooms with lemon juice. Melt butter in hot saute' pan and add mushrooms and mustard. Stir and cook about 3-4 minutes until most of the moisture has evaporated and add to cooked bacon mixture in large bowl.
Add water to pan and bring to boil; add carrots, boil 2 minutes, drain and add to bacon mixture in large bowl.
Mix all ingredients well in large bowl and add thyme, savory, currants, parsley, tomato paste and vinegar.
Mix well again and toss in peas, salt, pepper and flour. Add broth to ingredients in large bowl and combine well. Set aside to cool.
Divide pastry dough in half, roll out to about 1/8-inch thick. With a 6-inch inverted bowl, trace circles with a knife. Place about 3 T. filling in center of each circle, pull ends up, fold over edge, and pinch ends until secure. Repeat with rest of pastry.
1 whole egg or 1 egg yolk
2 T. cream
In a small bowl mix egg yolk and cream, brush on each pie and bake in preheated 375* oven about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to rack to cool.
Serves 8 to 10.
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