Little Steak and Kidney Pies Recipe

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreThroughout all of his adventures and years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry particularly relished these pies made with care by the house-elves in the Hogwarts kitchens.

  • Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 beef kidney (or diced or ground beef)
  • 1 lb 10 o z steak
  • 1 oz fl our (or cornstarch)
  • 4½ oz forbidden forest
  • mushrooms
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 fl oz (½ cup) dark beer (alcohol free)
  • 8 fl oz (1 cup) beef broth
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz puff pastry
  • 7 oz shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
How to Make It
  1. Remove the kidney membrane with a Disrobing spell, cut the kidney into 8 pieces, and remove any sinew and fat.
  2. Cut the steak into small cubes. Put the fl our in a freezer bag, add the steak and kidney, close the bag, and shake to coat the pieces.
  3. After checking that your mushrooms are safe to eat (and that none of them will bite back), clean and trim them, slice them thinly, and pour the lemon juice over them so they don’t discolor.
  4. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based cauldron or pan. Protect yourself from any tears with a Dry-eye spell, then peel and chop the onion. Soften it in the cauldron for 5 minutes on high heat. Remove the onion and place to one side momentarily. Add the beef and kidney to the pan and cook over high heat for a few minutes until browned on all sides. Replace the onion, and add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, beer, broth, mushrooms, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour. Remove the bay leaf.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the two pastries. Line 6 small pie pans with the shortcrust pastry to the edge, then add the filling. Cut out lids in the puff pastry, making sure they are ½-inch wider than the diameter of the pie pans.
  6. Make a hole in the center of the lids so that the steam can escape. Place them over the filling and seal the edges by pressing them together lightly (or casting a Stick-all spell). Brush with beaten egg yolk and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

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