Pepper Steak Pie

Salwaa’s Pepper Steak Pie Filling 

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

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1kg stewing steak
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon oil
1 & 1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed garlic
3 bay leaves
3 cloves
3 allspice
1/2 cup sago soaked in water
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
Water as needed
1kg puff pastry
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg (beaten for glazing pie pastry top)
200-250g mushrooms, chopped (optional- stir in at end of cooking while mixture is cooling)

Wash and dice up steak into 4 cm cubes.

Heat a large saucepan. Add oil. Cook onion until golden brown over medium heat and add garlic after a few minutes, stir well. Add the steak & water to cover, stir through.

Add and mix in the pepper. Whilst the steak is cooking soak the sago in water to cover.

Gently bring to boil then reduce heat & simmer on low for 1 – 1 & 1/2 hours or until steak is nice and tender.

Stir occasionally to stop burning, check because you may need to add some extra water.

Add the soaked sago and cook a further 15 minutes.

Allow your pepper steak filling to cool completely before using. (Stir in the mushrooms at this point if using.

When you are ready to cook the pie, preheat oven to 190°C.

Roll your pastry out on a lightly floured work surface. Ideally the pastry should be about 3mm thick.

Using your pie dish as a guide, cut the pastry 1 cm wider than edge of pie dish and set aside. This will be the base. Cut lid for pie, make this same size as pie dish and set aside.

Grease the pie dish by rubbing butter liberally over the base – this helps later for removing/serving pie after baking.

Line base of pie dish with the pastry bottom and press all around to edges of pie dish.

Spoon in the cooled pepper steak mixture, (removing bay leaves, allspice and cloves as you do this) spreading it out evenly to edges.

Brush lip of pastry around pie dish with beaten egg.

Put pastry lid on and press edges all round pie dish. Decorate with fork to create ‘crust edge’.

Brush all over with beaten egg. Make a small sliced opening in middle of pie before putting in oven – this lets steam escape as it cooks.

Transfer to oven and cook for 15 minutes. Rotate pie around and cook for a further 15 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, after cooking and before serving – this way the pastry sets and makes it easier to serve or flip on to a plate.

Alternatively, cut the pastry in square, drop a spoonful of filling on one half fold the other half over to make a triangle.

Or using a round cooking cutter, press out circles big enough to line a muffin tin (the holes) drop spoonfuls of filling in the centre and close with another pastry circle. Brush with beaten egg and bake as above.

Cook’s Tip:

Instead of adding plain water during the cooking process, dissolve 1 cube beef stock in half litre water and use that as needed.

You can find my pastry recipe here⤵️

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About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Posted on 09/02/2023, in Pepper Steak Pie, Pie Fillings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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