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Chipotle Beef Stew + Beef Pastries-Guest Post

Here’s a totally fun crockpot recipe that you can actually turn into something really special with almost no effort.

Don’t you love the crockpot? Makes dinner for you while you are away-sort of a dream spouse.

I’ve tinkered with this recipe for awhile and I think that I’ve nailed it now. Just dump everything in-set it on high for 6 hours and you are set to go.

Here’s the list:

1 lb. stewing beef
1 T curry paste
3 anchovies
1 onion (I used a nice leek because I had it but it is totally not required)
2 cups small potatoes
2 cups mushrooms
2 carrots
1 cup red wine
5 cups beef broth
1 tsp rosemary
3 garlic cloves
2 tsp chipotle
1 T cocoa
1 tsp worstershire

Let everything buble away. 20 minutes before you are ready to eat take 1/4 cup cornstarch and mix with a cup of broth. Stir into the stew and let thicken. Enjoy with lots of homemade bread.

I know, that is totally yummy.

How about a little reinvention? I rolled out a sheet of puff pastry 1 1/2 ft x 2 ft…

I added 1/4 cup of stew and egg washed around my mounds.

Add another layer of puff, cut around the circles and seal the edges. I tried two different methods (forking the edges and tucking them under after pressing and both worked well)

Wash the top with a bit of milk and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Lovely, Chipotle Stew Hand Pies. We had these for dinner and took them for lunch to work the next day. Truly wonderful AND what I’ll do next time is make small ones and serve them as appetizers.

Happy Adventuring,
Jane

Thank you Jane for the wonderful post. Please check out more of Jane’s delicious recipes at Jane’s Adventures In Dinner.

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