INDIVIDUAL SOUTHWESTERN BEEF POT PIES

Pastry

2 (3/4-ounce) slices American cheese

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon sugar

1/3 cup butter softened

6 to 7 tablespoons cold water

Filling

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 pound top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup beef broth

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained

1 (11-ounce) can corn, drained

1/2 cup salsa

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

Topping

Sour cream, if desired

Shredded Cheddar cheese; if desired

Heat oven to 350°F.  Cut cheese slices into thin strips.

Combine American cheese, 1 cup flour, cornmeal and sugar in medium bowl; stir to mix. Stir in 1/3 cup butter with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough water just until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add steak pieces. Cook over medium-high heat until browned (2 to 4 minutes). Reduce heat to medium. Add 2 tablespoons flour; stir to coat steak pieces. Add broth, continue cooking until steak pieces are no longer pink and sauce thickens and comes to a boil (3 to 5 minutes). Stir in chopped cheese and all remaining filling ingredients. Continue cooking until heated through (3 to 4 minutes).

Divide pastry dough into 6 equal parts. Pat each piece of dough on floured surface into 4-inch circle. Place about 2/3 cup filling into each of 6 (12-ounce) custard cups or ovenproof bakeware. Place dough circles over filled dishes. Cut several slits in top of crust with sharp knife. Place pies onto ungreased baking sheet; loosely cover with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese, if desired.

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