I’m a big believer in keeping to the seasons. I have my favorite foods that I like to prepare as well as my favorite activities associated with each season. During Autumn, I always look forward to making Beef Stout Pie. I stumbled across the recipe years ago in one of my Williams Sonoma catalogs. It’s part of the Gastro-Pub collection, since it’s a favorite in pubs across the world. Since it was a moody Autumn day where I’d be indoors, I thought it would be the perfect time to make it.
The recipe calls for making it in one large pot, but instead, I like to make it in individual serving bowls, like you see in the Staub petite pumpkin cocottes. I’ve got a set of the white ones, but they also come in orange and matte black. If you do decide to make this, just know that it takes a good portion of the day–this isn’t something you can make last minute. The vegetables and meat have to be prepared early on because they simmer on a stove for three hours. Likewise, the crust is homemade with blue cheese, so it will need time as well. If you’ve got some time, it’s definitely worth it! I was really craving it, and it hit the spot!
It’s really true what they say about comfort food during the cold months. I really like the quote by Edith Sitwell that says, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
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