Yorkshire Pudding Beef Pie

2 Mar

Have you ever heard of Yorkshire Pudding? Until I saw this bread-like dish on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on The Food Network, I hadn’t either. While watching the ‘Best Thing I Ever Made for the Holidays’ episode that was saved on my DVR, chef Alex Guarnaschelli showed us her recipe for roast prime rib with yorkshire pudding.  I was inspired! What was this puffy bread made from batter and not yeast?!? I researched yorkshire pudding online and found out that it is a dish that originated in Yorkshire, England. As we all know, England isn’t exactly known for its food, so I really just had to try it out in my own kitchen. After doing more research, I learned that yorkshire pudding isn’t really bread at all, but more of a popover or souffle. Thanks Google! 

It didn’t take long for me to put together this yorkshire pudding dish. I had thought about making a traditional pudding with a side of beef, but cooking the meat directly in to the batter seemed more interesting and hearty. I read at least 10 different recipes until I came up with my own and I think it came out exactly like I wanted. Sweet ground meat, lots of vegetables and a delectable crust.

Yorkshire Pudding Beef Pie Ingredients:

Beef Mixture

1 lbs. lean ground meat

1/2 cup cooked chopped onions, mushrooms, peppers

2 Tbsp corn relish (optional)

1/4 cup BBQ sauce (whatever flavor you like)- many of the recipes called for canned gravy, so you can use that instead of BBQ sauce

1 Tbsp ketchup

salt and pepper to taste

Pudding Mixture

2 Tbsp margarine (for pan)

1 cup soy milk

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

The first thing I did was brown the meat. No oil was needed in the pan since the meat actually cooks in its own oils. This took around 10 minutes. I then drained the meat and added the vegetables, corn relish, BBQ sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper. I mixed everything together and set it aside.

I would say the most important part of the process happens now: I placed the margarine in a 10 inch pie plate on a cookie sheet and put it the oven at 425 degrees. Not only will the margarine melt, but the pie plate will get very hot and this will help the batter rise later on. In a bowl, I whisked together the eggs and milk, then added the flour, salt and pepper and mixed until the batter was very smooth. I took the pie plate out the oven carefully and poured the egg mixture  in to the hot dish.

I then spooned the meat mixture evenly over the batter, leaving an inch around the edge for the pudding to rise. I put the pie dish back in the oven and let it cook for 25 minutes. One good tip that I read is to keep the oven door closed so that the pudding rises. It’s not exactly like a souffle, where you have to be careful every step of the way to make sure the batter rises, but when you make yorkshire pudding, you just need to follow the directions and everything should rise correctly. So really, just leave the oven door closed while the yorkshire pudding beef pie bakes and there’s no way you can mess this up!

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9 Responses to “Yorkshire Pudding Beef Pie”

  1. Jessica H. March 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    I might make this for this Shabbos!

    • kitchen tested March 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      It should reheat very well. Just keep it uncovered.

  2. Robin March 3, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    This would be a great leftover dish for using up post-Shabbos pot roast or brisket. Instead of using the ground meat, you could brown up the leftover meat and use the leftover sauce. You could even use the leftover veggies! Awesome! I usually only have enough leftover to make one more meal, but if I put it in something like this I could stretch those leftovers for another few meals. Thanks Mel!

    • kitchen tested March 3, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      Great idea, Robin!!! You can shred up some leftover chicken in BBQ sauce also.

  3. ahintofgarlic September 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Use good quality sausages instead of the minced beef and its known as “Toad in the Hole” this side of the pond 🙂

    Try this batter mix instead for lighter fluffier puddings

    2 cups plain flour
    A pinch of salt
    2 cups eggs
    2 cups milk and water mixed
    1 tbsp malt vinegar

    For the Yorkshire pudding batter, sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs and beat well with half the liquid until all the lumps have disappeared. Add the rest of the liquid and the vinegar, and allow to stand.

    • kitchen tested September 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Wow, this looks fantastic! I just got some incredible Jacks Gourmet sausages and I’m going to give this recipe a shot. Any preferred sausage?

      • ahintofgarlic September 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

        My preference would be for a nice Lincolnshire spiced sausage however I doubt you will get those in the States ! and i have to say even though i dont know what flavour they are “Jacks Gourmet” sausages sound great !

        Let me know how things turn out

  4. Rebecca October 12, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    This was awesome Mel! I doubled the recipe and made it in a 9×13 pyrex. It totally worked. Thanks!

  5. Rebecca October 12, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Oh, and I used whole wheat flour:-)

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