Saturday, November 8, 2014

Beef and Mushroom Pot Pie #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily

This week the Sunday Supper family is coming together with the Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate comfort. Both in the foods we eat, and helping those in need

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

When I think of fall, images of sitting by a crackling fire sipping cups of hot cocoa on a cool drizzly day, pots of soup, stew, or chowder simmering on the stove, and spending time with family and friends come to mind. In other words it is a time of comfort, pure and simple.

I can remember spending fall and winter nights at my grandparent’s house. We lived in Reno, and would get snow quite often, sometimes as early as October. On those chilly days, my grandmother would head to the kitchen and whip up some of the best soups and stews I have ever had. The smells that wafted through the house were insanely good and my little taste buds were anticipating, what I knew would be, a fantastic meal that would include her famous home baked bread. Ahhh my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

There was an elderly couple that lived next door to my grandparent’s, and when the weather turned bad they had a hard time getting about. They had no family locally, so we kind of “adopted” them. My grandmother would always make extra food. She would carefully wrap it up and send me next door to deliver it to them. They were the sweetest people! Many times they would invite me in for a cookie and conversation that usually revolved around what was happening in my life. School, sports, friends, they just seemed to love hearing it all. Big hugs and kisses on the check were given to me before I walk out of the door. I loved those times I spent with them.

As my kids got older, I decided that they needed to experience what it felt like to give back. From donating to Toys for Tots, picking stars off of the Christmas tree in the mall and buying a special gift for a child in need, to shopping for groceries to donate to the local food bank. I made sure that they not only appreciated what they had, but I also wanted them to feel that special feeling that I felt when I helped out those folks next door.

Now my kids are grown and on their own. So Kevin and I have continued the spirit of giving by “adopting” the elderly couple next door. They are in their 80’s and so amazing. We love going over just to have a cup of coffee and listen to the stories of their lives. But I love taking over care packages of soup, stews, and casseroles. The smiles on their faces just melt my heart.

Gallo provided a bottle of their wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, and delicious Pinot Grigio. I enjoy both of them very much. The decision of which wine to use was difficult. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, rich flavor with some hints of dark berries, and a kiss of oak. The Pinot Grigio is crisp and light, with citrus notes, and flavors of white peach and apple. In the end I chose the Cabernet because I knew I wanted to work with beef and beef and Cabernet play so nicely together.

This recipe was a tribute to my Grandmother. Not only because it was my rendition of her famous beef pot pie, but because I made sure to make an extra one to take next door. The hugs and smiles we received when it was delivered warmed my heart, and I know somewhere my Grandmother was smiling as well. Thank you Grandma for teaching me how wonderful it is to give!

You can start your own tradition of giving, not just at the holidays, but anytime. Help out at your local food bank, donate to a favorite charity, visit elderly in retirement homes. They all are so rewarding.

Gallo Family Vineyards can make helping out easy for you. For the 5th year, Gallo Family Vineyards’ Every Cork Counts program invites Americans to send back their corks to benefit the Meals On Wheels Association of America. For very cork collected Gallo donates $1 for Meals on Wheels. So you can enjoy your favorite wine and help give back as well!

Beef and Mushroom Pot Pie

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 11/09/2014
Beef and Mushroom Pot Pie


  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs of oregano
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef
  • 4 thick cut slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Gallo Family Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 3/4 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ice water
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Place the bay leaves and oregano stems into a piece of cheesecloth and tie into a bundle.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the stew beef with salt and pepper and add it to the pot in batches, cooking until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and add the chopped bacon. Cook bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato pasta and cook, stirring until all of the vegetables are coated. Add the flour, and cook an additional minute to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the wine to the pot and stir, using a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Then add the beef stock, cheesecloth bundle, and browned meat with any juices. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the crust: Combine the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the stick of butter cut into small cubes and pulse a few times, until the dough starts to come together. It should look like coarse sand. Add 1/4 cup ice water and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Add the additional tablespoon of ice water if needed. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a disc, wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the cheesecloth bundle from the stew, and discard.
  7. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Season with a bit of salt and pepper Add the mushrooms to the beef stew mixture.
  8. Transfer the stew to a 2 quart casserole dish and set aside to cool.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12 x 15-inch rectangle,about 1/8th-inch thick.
  10. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush the edges of the casserole dish. Drape the dough over the dish, pressing to seal it to the sides. Trim the excess dough away with a knife leaving a 1-inch overhang. Cut 4 slits in the top to vent.
  11. Brush the crust with more of the egg wash, bake until the crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 45 mins.
Cook time: 02 hrs. 45 mins.
Total time: 2 hrs. 90 mins.
Tags: beef, carrot, onion, garlic, oregano, bacon, tomato, red wine, mushroom, pie crust, Main Dishes, #SundaySupper, Gallo Family Vineyards,

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  1. How wonderful your family "adopted" that elderly couple and shared your meals with them. This is a lovely recipe and a great tribute to your grandmother.

  2. Aw, I love your grandmother...what a fine example she set! And I need to follow YOUR example and whip this up for the hubby. He loves nothing better than a pot pie!

    1. Ohh yes Liz I hope you do! My guy said he really wasn't much of a pot pie lover (I know what is wrong with him?) until I made this!!

  3. How thoughtful! It's so fun sitting and listening to elderly people talk about their lives. This is the perfect dish to share with them!

  4. I love that you have "adopted" the folks next door; that is such a great gesture! And what a comforting dish to bring along...

    1. Since neither of us have parents or grand parents that are alive, we love having them to share with!

  5. This really is the perfect Fall or Winter comfort meal!

  6. Wow! Looks just delish! I love how rich the flavors look.

    1. Between the wine and the mushrooms it was heavenly!!

  7. Such a beautiful and inspiring post, Bobbi. Your grandmother was a very special lady and it is very clear that she passed this gene on to you!

  8. What a great story, Bobbi! Thank you sharing your inspiring family memories and this delicious pot pie! It looks so comforting! I just want to dig right in!!

    1. Thanks Marion, I am glad you enjoyed the story and the pot pie!

  9. I'll take my pot pie by the fire. This recipe looks wonderful!

  10. I love your story about bringing food to your neighbor, and teaching your children to do the same. We need more hospitality like that in the world!

    1. Kids today can be so wrapped up in themselves that I think it is really important to teach them to appreciate others.

  11. This was such a great story. I love that you've adopted the elderly couple. I think we often think about adopting kids for Christmas, but not often about the elderly. That is wonderful.

    1. I used to work at a nursing home when my son was a baby, so I saw so many people that were just looking to connect with someone. I just adore the elderly, they are so full of life lessons and stories :)

  12. Great story Bobbi! sharing this meal is a great idea!

  13. A heartfelt, delicious tribute to your grandmother. I'm applauding you from the west coast, and wanting to live next door to YOU!

    1. Thanks Dorothy! Wouldn't THAT be fun if you did??

  14. How much flour for the crust? Want to try this looks delicious!!!

    1. WOW sorry about that! I have updated the recipe to include the flour now. It is 2 cups.