For the Crust:
For the Filling:
1Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
2Add the Colavita olive oil and mix until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
3Cut the butter into thin slices and toss in the flour mixture to coat.
4Dribble ice water in, a tablespoon at a time, mixing just until the mixture can
5hold its shape.
6Gather the dough into a ball and divide into two disks. Wrap the disks tightly,
7and refrigerate for at least an hour.
8Roll each piece of dough out to 1/4” thickness, and fold into thirds. Fold into thirds again,
9then one more time, and refrigerate for another hour, or freeze for later use (thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight).
10Unwrap the dough and roll to about two inches larger than the diameter of your pie dish. We used 4” mini pie dishes, so roll to 6”. You will have 4 tops and 4 bottoms.
11Slip the bottoms into the ungreased pie dishes, and prick with a fork. Place them all back into the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
12Heat a heavy bottomed pan that has a tight fitting lid over medium heat on the stove top.
To make the filling:
1Add 2 tbsp Colavita olive to the pan.
2Generously salt and pepper the beef, then add about 1/3 of the beef cubes to the hot pan. Do not move the beef cubes right away, but let them sear well on the first side, about 2 minutes.
3Then, sear the cubes on all the other sides. Remove the beef cubes to a rack (something with air holes so that the meat doesn’t steam).
4Place the onions in the pan and sauté about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté.
5Return all of the beef to the pan, still over medium heat.
6Add the red wine to the pan and let it simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any of the bits on the bottom.
7Let the wine reduced slightly, about 2 minutes.
8Add the tomatoes, beef broth or stock, herbs, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer. As soon as it simmers, place the lid on top, drop the heat as low as it can go, and let it simmer for 2 hours, or until the beef is tender.
9Remove the lid, and reduce the sauce if you would like. To do this, remove the beef from the pan and stir in the freshly ground black pepper. Discard the herbs. Increase the heat to medium, and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the sauce is quite thick.
10Add the beef mixture to the four pie dishes.
11Place the dough tops over the stew. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in tops for the steam to escape.
12Bake 35-40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
TO COOK IN AN INSTANT POT:
1Instead of placing the lid on the pan and cooking over the stovetop, place the meat mixture in the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Release the pressure manually.