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Cheesy Roast Beef Pie Bites
Posted By Kelly On December 31, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Appetizers and Dips,Baking,Beer,Beer,Cooking,Featured Articles,Pastry,Pies and Tarts,Recipes | No Comments
Another year draws to a close.
2013 was a big year for me in many ways. Lots of life changing events. The most important of these was in February when I lost my beautiful, and always inspiring, Aunt Ruby. I still can’t really believe she is gone. If you know me at all you know she was a source of inspiration to me. A real treasure. She was a strong, smart, spunky lady who had a ready smile, a warm heart, and baked a killer pecan pie. I miss her every day and 2013 was a little bleaker for her loss. Of course, 2013 was not all bad. In April I went to England and became Godmother to my best friends youngest daughter. After that I flew to Bologna, Italy where I had some of the best food in the world. When I got home I decided to change my life, and over the summer did just that! It is going better than I could have hoped! I am happy, and that is what matters most! This fall I went back to what is my favorite place outside Texas – Tokyo, Japan. I ate my way across the city, tortured the locals with my very bad Japanese, and had the most marvelous time! I have made some wonderful new friends this year, like the witty Ms. T, discovered that I like painting even though I have very little talent for it, and I am looking forward to what 2014 has to offer! I think a party is in order!
When I think party I think appetizers! I love bite-sized goodies that one can grab on the way to the bar! These little pies were inspired by two things – roast beef sandwiches, and Southern cheese straws. I wanted a tangy, slightly spicy crust with a savory, cheesy beef filling. These certainly delivered. For the crust I used the sharpest cheddar I could find. I wanted a very tangy cheese to stand up against the robust filling. That filling is made with smoked Gouda, beer, horseradish, more cheddar, and – for freshness – chives. There is a lot going on here, but it all works. These are cute little pies, too, so they would fit in at both formal and casual events. I can see these being a big hit at a New Years Eve party, as a nibble before Thanksgiving, served up at a Superbowl watching party, or as part of a Spring brunch spread.
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