Short-Crust Beef Pot Pie

Make a double batch of beef stew and freeze half. A week or a month later, you’ll be able to whip this pie up for a potluck.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 3 hours 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 lb. bottom round roast
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄8 tsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups beef broth, divided
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1⁄2 stalk celery, sliced
  • 3 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1⁄2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1⁄2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 lb. red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1⁄8 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chilled lard
  • 1⁄4 cup water


  • Trim fat from roast; cut into 1 1⁄2 cubes. Combine 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and paprika; stir well. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over beef; toss. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over beef and toss to coat.
  • Heat oil in a heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown beef in oil. Remove browned cubes to bowl using slotted spoon. Add 1⁄2 of onion to oil; sauté 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle oil and onion with 2 tablespoons flour; stir until flour begins to brown. Whisk in 1 cup broth; continue stirring until browned bits have been pulled from bottom and sauce is smooth. Add remaining onion, garlic, celery, and mushrooms; return beef to pot. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining broth, Worcestershire sauce, and wine; simmer uncovered 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add potatoes and carrots; cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt and parsley. Spoon beef stew into a large casserole or 8 individual ramekins.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 1⁄4 cups flour and remaining salt; whisk to blend. Cut cold lard into pieces; add to flour mixture. Cut in with knives or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water; work together to make dough.
  • With floured hands, roll out dough to fit top of casserole or ramekins. Cut a few slits in dough to vent steam; place dough over stew. Press into place and crimp edges to seal.
  • Bake 40 minutes (25 minutes for individual dishes) or until dough is browned and filling is bubbling through vents. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes before serving.