This Marsala Mushroom Beef Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food. It’s made with fresh ingredients and locally raised beef. Plus I’ve got a little look into Baldwin Farms on the blog today too!
This post is sponsored by the NCDA & Consumer Services. I was compensated both monetarily and with product but as always all opinions are 100% mine.
I tend to travel a lot in North Carolina, for a while Thomas and I lived there and hopefully one day we will move back. I’ve been driving a little stretch of NC HWY 86 near Yanceyville, NC for years while traveling to Wilmington, Camp Lejeune, New Bern and Raleigh more times that I can count. I’m pretty sure that I could drive that stretch of highway in my sleep.
A few miles across the North Carolina border there is a farm on 86 that’s dotted with white cows, white cows that I’ve called “albino cows” for years. haha.
Every single time we pass by these cows, I start off with “mooooooovvvvveeeee over” and Thomas follows with his version of a mooing cow. haha Don’t ask me when that started because we’ve been doing it for years. I made a joke one time that cows were actually saying “move” instead of “moo” and it’s been a joke between us ever since.
Well those cows aren’t albino cows haha they’re actually purebred Charolais cows and they call Baldwin Family Farms home.
I always thought Baldwin Family Farms was a small farm with just a few cows, I mean that’s what it looks like from the highway when you’re driving by.
However, recently I teamed up with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Got To Be NC program to visit Baldwin Family Farms and visit with farmer, V. Mac Baldwin. I finally got to visit the farm that I’ve driven by hundreds of times. It turns out that this farm is on both sides of the road and it has over 2000 acres of pastures!
So one morning a few weeks ago, I drove out to the farm with my dad to visit V. Mac and check out the farm.
My dad always wants to go with me on farm tours during the year. Well, since this farm was in driving distance I took him along.
We met V. Mac at the farm and he took us around and showed us the farm, the feeders and the cows.
He told us that his cows were called, Charolais cows and that they originated in France. They are one of the oldest beef cattle breeds in the world going back to the 1500’s.
V. Mac told us that he has loved cattle as a small child and has always dreamed of being a cattle farmer. He said he saved up his money and bought his first calf when he was 10 years old. He said that his father allowed it because he told his mother that once he bought a cow that he wouldn’t want to be a farmer anymore. However, that calf sparked V. Mac’s love of cattle farming even more.
V. Mac and his wife Peggy bought their first two Charolais cows in 1969 and bought the current farm in 1981. Since then V. Mac, Peggy and their family have been working hard to raise and breed Charolais cattle. The cattle have a diet of high quality grass during the summer and winter as well as a sweet potato by-products blended with fruit pulp.
I loved learning about sweet potato fruit feed that they give the cattle. V.Mac showed us that it was a mixture of cotton pieces from the cotton gin, bits of sweet potatoes and bits of watermelon.
This diet makes sure that the cattle reach their target weight of 1250-1300 pounds by the time they are 2.
You could really tell that this wasn’t just a job for V.Mac and his family. They really care about the cows and the farm; this family lives and breaths cattle farming.
Their beef is also 100% Preservative Free and Animal Welfare Approved.
They don’t process the beef on their farm but Baldwin Farms does have a small store on the farm where you can buy their packaged beef and beef jerky.
I picked up a few packs of ground beef, a few sirloins, a few filet mignons, and a few packages of stew beef. My dad bought the “Family 5 Pack” while we were there, which includes: contains 10 lbs. of Baldwin Charolais Beef in five different savory cuts.
- 2 – Steaks (Your Choice)
- 1 – 3 lb Roast (Your Choice)
- 4 – 6 oz Jumbo Charolais Burgers
- 1 – 1.5 lb Stew Beef
- 2 – 1.0 lb Natural Ground Beef
You can also find Baldwin Beef in Whole Foods throughout North Carolina and Virginia!
Their beef can be found in the Whole Foods locations in:
- Raleigh, NC
- Durham, NC
- Greensboro, NC
- Wilmington, NC
- Cary, NC
- Winston-Salem, NC
- Virginia Beach, VA
- and Newport News, VA
You can also find their ground beef in
NC Kroger Stores
Blue Ribbon Organic Market, Halifax, VA
So, I made y’all something with the beef I got!
I used the stew beef and filet mignon to make this Marsala Mushroom Beef Pot Pie and it is fantastic!
Yes, Y’all! I put filet mignon in a pot pie. No you don’t have too use filet mignon in this pot pie but oh my word is it good!
The stew beef is tasty but you can tell when you bite into a piece of perfectly cooked, melt in your mouth filet mignon in this pot pie. It’s totally worth it in my opinion.
I obviously didn’t want to use all filet mignon because you know…..$$$$$$$ but throwing a little in there was perfect.
Oh and please, please use puff pastry for the top of this pot pie instead of pie dough. I know that in some of my pot pie recipes I use pie dough but a pot pie this good needs the golden puff pastry top.
I made this with a regular pie crust the first time and while it was still wonderful I felt like it just wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned.
If you need a homemade puff pastry recipe, I have one on the blog.
A little more recipe tweaking and one puff pastry later, we had made the perfect Marsala Mushroom Beef Pot Pie
Marsala Mushroom Beef Pot Pie
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds stew beef
- 1/2 pound filet mignon
- 1 teaspoon your favorite seasoning (I used Pike's Peak Butcher's Rub)
- 1 stick butter, unsalted
- 6 ounces sliced carrots
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup Marsala cooking wine
- 2 cups beef broth
- 15 ounces can green peas, drained
- 1 roll puff pastry, defrosted
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Chop stew beef and filet into bite size pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large stock pot.
- Add steak. Seasoning with 1 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning.
- Cook on low for 15-20 minutes or until beef is cooked to your liking. Stir occasionally. Cook it a little under because it\'s going to cook later in the oven.
- Remove beef from pan and set aside.
- Add butter to the pot and melt over medium heat.
- Add sliced carrots and sliced mushrooms. Stir.
- Cook for 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour in Marsala cooking wine. Stir. Add in beef broth and stir.
- Simmer and allow mixture to thicken for a few minutes.
- Add in peas. Stir.
- Add another teaspoon or so of seasoning.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Pour filling into l large oven proof dish or 4 smaller individual dishes.
- Roll out thawed puff pastry and top pot pies. (Use a little flour is pastry dough is sticking)
- Gently press it against the edges of the skillet.
- Brush the top of the puff pastry dough with a light coating of egg wash.
- Slice 3-4 holes in top to allow pot pies to vent while baking. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown
I have a homemade puff pastry recipe if you need it. 🙂
Got To Be NC Beef Farm Tours
And What To Make with Your NC Beef
- Beef Marsala Pot Pie | Baldwin Family Farms from Big Bear’s Wife
- Chile-Braised Short Rib Tacos | Moore Brothers All Natural Beef from Nourish and Nestle
- Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm from Life of a Ginger
- Shepherd’s Pie | Ray Family Farms from Girl Gone Gourmet
- Back to Earth Tacos | Back to Earth Farm from Jenn on a Mission
- Beef Lettuce Wraps | Hickory Nut Gap Farm from Pantry Doctor
- Bring it on: GotToBeNC Organic GrassFed Beef | Proffitt Family Farms from Heidi Billotto Food
- Bourbon Beef Chili | Newsome Farm from Nik Snacks
- Got To Be NC Beef Hearty Chili | Summerfield Farms from The Army Mom
- Sweet and Spicy Grass-Fed London Broil | Baldwin Family Farms from Pastry Chef Online