GamerKitchen: Beer-Braised Beef Pot Pie

A new video series that makes cooking real food easy and fun. In this episode: Beer-braised Beef Pot Pie

For those of us that had the misfortune of not learning how to cook while growing up or who didn’t pay attention (like me), we’ve had to scrap by on frozen pizzas or run over to the nearest burger joint most of our young adult lives. Cooking can be a daunting task and when faced with exhaustion after a long day’s work, it’s no wonder we resort to convenience foods.

I finally started paying attention to food and cooking techniques in college when I studied Hospitality Management. I refurbished and opened a drive-in with my dad a few years ago and my frozen pizza days have faded into a distant memory. Now I cook nearly every day, keen to try out new recipes and I teach cooking classes in my community.

If you’ve ever watched a cooking show and been baffled by the fancy culinary lingo–don’t feel left out, we’ve all been there. GamerKitchen explains this culinary verbiage and teaches fundamental skills in a way that is familiar to most, if not all, of us. No, we won’t be popping headshots or pwning noobs, that is for the bro-gamers skipping their college seminar to improve their K/D ratio. We’re working professionals, respected men trying to make our mark on the world.

In this episode, we’re going to show you how to properly braise, which is a cooking technique that uses tougher (and cheaper!) cuts of meat. Essentially, you’re using time and moisture (a simmering liquid) to breakdown the protein into something a little more palatable. Even better than that, why not braise a healthy dose of protein, in something that we already have on hand…beer!

Check out Primer’s Interactive Visual Guide to Beef Cuts for a good, easy explanation of the different kinds and cuts of beef.

There’s a quick breakdown on beer flavors, a little baking and even a “cheat code” in case you want to save some time. The best part of cooking is that it’s a social activity, so prepare the recipe for your friends or even that special lady friend you’d like to impress. Be sure to share your own thoughts in the comments so we can all learn from one another.

Have at it men!

Luke Bryce reviews games at Leisure Gamer Network. He also makes videos, teaches cooking classes and rides an old blue bicycle. Follow him on Twitter, @lukebryce.

  • http://the-approach.org Christopher

    Nice article sir. As a caterer and frequent cook I can tell you guys everything he says is great advice.

    But the most important thing mentioned is how fun it is to get people involved in cooking. It’s a very social thing. If all the guys come together to get their dinner ready you’ll have a blast. I’ve done it before and believe me, even the guy that can barely boil water can still help and have fun.

  • Matt

    This is an awesome recipe, really neat presentation style.

  • http://www.leisuregamer.com/ Luke

    Thanks gentlemen! Glad you found the article and video useful. Good insight Christopher. We all didn’t know how to boil water at some point!

    Although…my grandpa still doesn’t know how and I’ve tried to help him, but I think he’s just stuck in his ways!

  • Andrew

    Is there any way to have a text recipe with measurements so we can recreate this at home?

  • http://www.leisuregamer.com/ Luke

    @Andrew You bet, check out this URL, hopefully you can access via the comments. If not, just copy it into the address bar. In the next GamerKitchen, we’ll be sure to add a printable version into the article!

    http://www.leisuregamer.com/recipes/meatpie.pdf