Chicken potpie is a fine, comforting dinner for most of the winter. But at Christmas, you want comfort with a little more. You want a dinner that's as special as it is comforting.
So we used the model of a basic puff pastry-topped chicken potpie, but substituted tender sirloin tips for the poultry. Add a creamy beef gravy and you end up with a savory potpie that is the perfect casual, comforting, yet special way to cap a wonderful Christmas.
Christmas Beef Potpie
Makes 6 servings. Start to finish: 1 hour.
1 1/4 pounds yellow potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 medium shallots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/4 pounds sirloin tips, cut into 1-inch pieces
Ground black pepper