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Mini Ibérico pork pot pies and a giveaway!

>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mini potpie 2

This is my first giveaway ever and in spite of my usual "British" composure (although I'm nothing like British), I must admit I'm pretty excited. I was recently contacted by the people from CSN Stores, which boasts over 200 specialty web-based stores (check out their stools! I have a high table in my kitchen with bar stools, and I wish the variety of bar stools was that wide in Europe). If you visit their site, you'll find a lot of things you need and a lot of things you don't need, but would kill to have! After browsing their stores looking for some interesting goodies to giveaway, I've opted for the cutest Le Creuset ramekins. I happen to own a couple of them myself, two vibrant-red cuties, which make a lovely setup for individual soufflés and gratins, miniature pot pies, clafoutis or cream desserts. And now I'm giving away 6 of these lovely pieces of bakeware to my readers. So keep on reading to learn about how to enter.

Giveaway details: The only thing you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment about the kind of dish you'd love to use these ramekins for. Easy, isn't it? ;-). Please include your e-mail or make it visible in your profile. As usual, each comment will be given a number and I will post one winner, which will be chosen at random by a random number generator.

But there's more. Besides the mandatory entry to enter the giveaway, you can increase your chances by making extra entries. Just leave a comment letting me know the following:

  • You've suscribed to my blog on Google friend connect
  • You've tweeted about the giveaway (please leave the link!)
This giveaway is only open to US and Canada (sorry, other international readers) till February 20th at midnight (CET). The prize will be sent by CSN. I will collect all comments and use to draw the winner.

And now to the recipe. I found it would be a good idea to use my ramekins to prepare something that could illustrate how beautiful any dish looks in them. So here's a simple and comforting recipe for cold winter days, a tapa-sized pot pie type of dish without cream nor butter, with a Spanish twist coming from the sweet wine used in the sauce and the Iberico pork meat. Lovely served for brunch or as an appetizer.

Mini potpie 3

Mini Ibérico pork pot pies
Yields 4 servings
  • 1/2 kg diced pork sirloin (I used Iberico pork, which is an indigenous free-roaming pork breed, fed mostly on acorns, widely known for its wonderful flavor, like in Ibérico ham. Of course any type of pork will do, only the dish will taste different)
  • 16 prunes, pitted (or more, just figure out how many you want in your ramekin and multiply by 4)
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 large handful chestnuts (if uncooked, you can roast them in the microwave oven for a while. First cut a slit on the shell to prevent them from bursting)
  • 1 cup sweet white wine (Spanish moscatel is best)
  • 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 pinches thyme
  • Virgin olive oil for frying
  • Salt
  • A sheet of puff pastry for the pot cover (I used some leftovers of homemade flaky pastry)
  • 1 egg for brushing the pastry
Lightly salt the pork dices. Pour 3-4 table spoonfuls of olive oil in a heavy pot (I use my French oven) and fry the chopped scallions on low till wilted. When done, add the pork and stir-fry it on high heat, to seal the juices. Then add the flour and stir for the flour to toast lightly. Add the shelled chestnuts and the prunes, pour the wine and add water enough to cover the meat. Add a teaspoon of salt and let the whole thing simmer on low heat till the sauce is thickened (don't let it thicken completely, as it will thicken further in the oven) and the meat is tender, around half an hour, depending on how tender the meat actually was. Some of the prunes may fall apart in the process, but this only adds to the sauce richness. If you prefer to find firmer prunes on your plate, just add them half way of the cooking. Check for saltiness when the meat is cooked and adjust if needed.

Mini potpie 1

Heat up the oven to 200ºC in the meantime. Divide the stew among the ramekins, fill them almost to the top. Add a little water if you find the stew to be too thick. Roll the puff pastry on a floured surface till 0.5cm thick or thicker if you prefer. Find yourself a round cutter, cup or glass that can yield circles of pastry slightly larger than the ramekins. Cut four circles and set aside (you can see I was lazy and ended up cutting squares... they add to the pot pies rustic look). Brush the edge of the ramekins with some beaten egg and lay the pastry circles on them, pressing the outer edge to seal. Brush the surface with some more beaten egg. Then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden. Hmmmm, I thoroughly enjoy the moment of breaking the crust... in awe... and releasing all the aromas... Have a forkful of stew and a bite of the crust at the same time... yum.

55 comentarios:

NOELLE February 4, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

Miriam! I tweeted your giveaway! these are great little pot pies!

NOELLE February 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

I subscribed to your blog and you know I already am a fan of yours on the Facebook page!

NOELLE February 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

I also am following you too! I tweeted @singerinkitchen.

Scott K February 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

I would love to make a lightened Creme Brulee! I love a challenge.

Scott K February 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

I tweeted your giveaway, @FightFatFoodie.

Trix February 4, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

Well, my dear, you know I already follow you! Does that count? ; ) I love these adorable little pot pies; I would totally make them sans pork, I'm sure they'd still be delish. What I'd do with these ramekins if I won them is make coddled eggs for brunch. You know that's my favorite meal! The red with the white of the eggs and some chives on top would be beautiful.

DanaMc February 4, 2010 at 8:49 PM  

Hi there,
I would make little pot pies! And, little fruit pies! And, tiny baked mac and cheeses!

Love it.

DanaMc February 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I'm a follower!

Janice February 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

They look lovely.

penny aka jeroxie February 4, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

I am your fan on facebook but I don't need the giveaway. Too far away.... heh
I just woke up and now Im hungry for that pie. It is a cold wet Friday morning in melbourne.

Anonymous February 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

What a wonderful giveaway. I love Le Creuset anything. Individual mac n' cheese is always fun and I'd also love to use these to make little souffles of any variety.

Anonymous February 4, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

Consider your post tweeted my dear!

Anonymous February 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

I am now following you via Friend Connect as well. Would you be kind enough to follow me as well? Thanks!

Junglefrog February 4, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

I'm not going to be able to participate in the giveaway but I thought I leave a comment anyway as I love those little ramekins! I have a little book with recipes especially for these little darlings. It's my birthday next week so I am hoping to get some of them!

Sinful Southern Sweets February 4, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

Oh my! Those little pies look crazy good! I would love to bake those in the ramekins!

Sinful Southern Sweets February 4, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

Following you as well!

Sinful Southern Sweets February 4, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

Tweet, tweet, tweeted you:)

Rachel February 5, 2010 at 12:38 AM  

I almost put these on my wedding registry as I was dreaming of making Mohr im Hemd! yum...

Food o' del Mundo February 5, 2010 at 1:21 AM  

Miriam - I already have a cute set - so don't include me in your drawing. I just wanted to comment on how LOVELY your pies look! ~Mary

Rachael February 5, 2010 at 2:31 AM  

Yum! Those pot pies look delicious! I wouldn't mind making those in the cute ramekins. I would definitely use them for making little soufflés though :]

Xue February 5, 2010 at 2:44 AM  

Individual tapioca puddings!

saturnfly77 February 5, 2010 at 3:11 AM  

I'd either make a beef consomme with puff pastry cap for a fancy dinner party OR a chicken marsala pot pie with lots of mushrooms and yummy marsala sauce. Ouu, or creme brulees.

Amy February 5, 2010 at 3:29 AM  


I would LOVE to make french onion soup or ouef en cocettes out of those!

I have retweeted your give away!

edmontonjb February 5, 2010 at 3:43 AM  

I would use them for individual little macaroni and cheese.


camille February 5, 2010 at 5:43 AM  

I would use them to make just-for-me-sized pot pies, as my husband is sadly biased against the marvellous invention that is the pot pie.

camille at

Janice February 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

These are fantastic! I became a follower and tweeted

Topher February 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

I'd love to use them to make individual chocolate pudding/cakes or bread puddings



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Bellini Valli February 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

How fun. The little ramekins remind me of comfort foods so I would make a lovely creamy macaroni and cheese which is my ultimate comfort food.

Anonymous February 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

The pot pies look so yummy and adorable in those cute little ramekins!

Elaine February 5, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Holy cow, those pot pies look amazing! And Le Crueset--who could resist?

We're in the middle of Chicago winter and a few weeks ago, my husband bought a mini blowtorch to melt the ice that our tires were stuck in (!!), so my first use for the ramekins would have to be creme brulee. But the pork pot pies would be close behind...

Pam Frank February 5, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Thank for this great offer! In the gorgeous ramekins, I'd make my favorite crowd pleasing dessert, Winter Spiced Molten Chocolate Cakes. They are simple to prepare, can be made ahead a baked off at the last minute, and are a show stopper! Here's the recipe:

Pablo (yo) February 5, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

Great blog!!
If you like, come back and visit mine:

Pablo from Argentina

Erin February 6, 2010 at 3:48 AM  

I would love to make some individual apple crisps in the awesome ramekins. :)

Erin February 6, 2010 at 3:54 AM  

I am now following you, thanks for the great contest.

Ed Schenk February 6, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

Beautiful pot Pies! I will subscribe to keep up with you wonderful recipes.
I would use the ramekins to make a roasted garlic Flan! Amonst other things.

MrsLavendula February 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

that photo of the potpie looks so delicious! im hungry in the middle of the night! aarrrggghhh!

Anonymous February 6, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

I would use the ramekins for an egg and cheese dish!

All Our Fingers in the Pie February 7, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

Hi! I would use these lovely ramekins for a savoury souffle! I have your blog posted on my blog to help your exposure!

Belinda @zomppa February 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

This looks amazing! Is Iberico pork hard to find? I'm intrigued!

Of course I follow!

kakihara February 7, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

I would love to make Creme Brulee!!!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

techyone February 8, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

I'd make chicken pot pie.

tasteofbeirut February 8, 2010 at 3:12 AM  

I am totally seduced by this dish; I love pork with prunes, but then with the chestnuts and the pastry on top, wow!

Amanda S. February 11, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

French Onion Soup!

Jeni February 12, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

I would use them for chicken pot pies,soups and some desserts

Julie February 13, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

I love desserts, so I'd be using these a lot for individual desserts (puddings, etc.).


Sheskis February 16, 2010 at 1:52 AM  

I'd use these to make these pot pies, or a molten chocolate pudding ( for Valentine's Day, making me wish I had a set :)

Sheskis February 16, 2010 at 1:53 AM  

I added you as a Google friend :)

Sheskis February 16, 2010 at 1:53 AM  

I tweeted about this:

bake in paris February 16, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

I am sure my family would enjoy this dish very much! Thanks

Sawadee from bangkok,

Gar February 16, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

definitely creme brulee! :)

Mia J. February 20, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

I would make french onion soup.

Topher February 20, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

I'm following on Google


Miriam February 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

Thanks everyone for participating! The winner will be posted in a few hours. Sorry for the delay.

That's Ron March 12, 2010 at 4:34 AM  

FYI.... I am drooling now!

That's Ron March 12, 2010 at 4:34 AM  

FYI.... I am drooling now!


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