2tbsp(homemade) beef stock in 1/2 cup warm water or one bought stock cube mixed in 1/2 cup wateronce added to the fried beef in the fry pan do a taste test and add a little more water if need be
salt and pepper to season
a little butter to grease the baking tray
1egg yolk to wash the pastry before baking
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C (400 F, Gas Mark 6)
In a frying pan on medium heat, add the oil and then the diced onion and cook until softened
Next add the beef mince and cook until brown (you may need to do in batches depending on the size of your frying pan)
Next add the stock (and wine) and let reduce down until sauce is thick
Set this mixture aside to cool
Lightly grease the baking tray with butter
Make your pastry as per recipe or using the bought short-crust pastry, gently add the pastry liners to make the casings.*make sure you have enough for the mini pastry lids too!*Add the cooled mince mixture almost to the top of the pastry casing.Then cut out circular pastry lids to cover your mini mixtures, crimp the edges to seal and wash with egg yolk.
Place in the oven for 30 minutes until they are golden brown.