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Serious Steak & Ale Pie

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Serves 3

Traditional English pie inspired by the fells of the lake district and a long walk up Pavey Arc and Stickle Tarn in the snow.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbls Oil- I used olive oil.
  • 1kg Braising Steak stripped of big fatty pieces and cut into chunks;
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Large Onion chopped roughly
  • 2 Large Carrots chopped into discs
  • 500ml Strong Ale- I used Badgers
  • 4 Beef Oxo cubes
  • 1 Vegetable cube
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2-3 tsp Thyme, or a small handful of fresh thyme if preferred
  • 300g Ready to roll puff pastry
  • 1 Egg, beaten lightly, to glaze
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • You may also want to use Mushrooms, Peas, Potatoes or any other desired vegetables in this pie - depending on what you are serving with!

Method

    1. Heat the oil in the pan with the onion and garlic for 1 mintue.
    2. Add the steak - I usually cut the steak gradually into the pan. Cook until the meat is seared all over and there is no pink left. By this time there will be some juice in the pan and this should be sizzling.
    3. Pour in half the Ale and allow to simmer for a minute, then pour in the rest with the thyme, chilli powder salt and pepper.
    4. Crumble in the oxo cubes- both the beef and the vegetables. (you may want to use more or less cubes depending on how thick you like the gravy). Add in the chopped vegetables.
    5. Simmer for 10 mintues and then transfer to a large casserol pot. If the gravy doesnt cover the meat then add some water and mix in.
    6. Pop the dish into the oven at gas mark 3 or 4 and leave for at least 1 hour 30 mins.
    7. 20 minutes before you want to serve, roll out the pastry and cut appropriate size tops for your pie dishes. Take the dish out of the oven and ladel the meat into the individual dishes. Pop on the tops on the dishes and put back in the oven for 20 mins (gas 4). You could make one large pie using the casserol disk if desiered.
    8. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for a while- as the filling can be extremely hot! Enjoy!

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grumpyjohnhunter
12th Oct, 2012
Lovely but serves more than three?
zukiecat
24th Mar, 2012
Loved this recipe! Steak and Ale Pie is my all time favourite food, and although I've tried many times to make a decent one at home, they've always been disasters, This recipe was easy to follow, and turned out lovely. I missed out the chilli and pepper, as they're not to our taste, but the pie tasted gorgeous without them. I think next time I'll try flouring the beef and using less stock cubes, but I love a good meaty pie, and this one was perfect!
peteriches
16th Mar, 2012
5.05
Best pie i've ever eaten! Slow cooked the meet so really nice and tender.
franny48
12th Mar, 2012
5.05
I did this for a dinner party and it was delicious. Used Black Sheep ale and it was perfect.
skeldie
18th Jan, 2012
5.05
Super recipe. I've made this twice now and has been devoured on both occasions! It's a keeper.
olwyn85
24th Nov, 2011
5.05
Gorgeous! Easy to make and tasted amazing, will be making a lot of these throughout the winter, thanks for sharing!
jimmy_seaside
16th Nov, 2011
I made this today and it went down a storm, absolutely awesome taste. Like others I used just three Oxo cubes and I also added a small leek and a couple of shallots. I used a can of McEwans Export for the beer. I am now under orders to make it again next week. Truly delicious. Many thanks
jimmy_seaside
16th Nov, 2011
I made this today and it went down a storm, absolutely awesome taste. Like others I used just three Oxo cubes and I also added a small leek and a couple of shallots. I used a can of McEwans Export for the beer. I am now under orders to make it again next week. Truly delicious. Many thanks
jrapin
11th Nov, 2011
4.05
I really couldntg believe how amazing this pie was, truly the best saap we've ever tasted. I've now also made it with the following changes: only 3 oxo, Oyster Stout, chilli flakes, cinnamon and no thyme. Beef works so well with cinnamon it's well worth a try :). Thanks for sharing this recipe!
hettylovescake
24th Oct, 2011
5.05
My parter requested a Steak and Ale pie for his birthday meal that I'd offered to cook for him. This recipe is the one I chose and did not disappoint! I added button mushrooms and floured the beef whilst frying off. It was very tasty, nice thick and dark gravy and the Ale flavour definitely carried through the whole filling. However I did find it very rich for my taste, but I think this could be down to the Ale I used, 'Barnstormer' which is a Bath Ale and is described as a 'distinctive dark bitter'. Perhaps also due to the high amount of Oxo cubes, I used 3 beef and 1 veg as suggested by other users. Next time I think I will try this with even less Oxo cubes and a different Ale. Saying all this though, my parter loved it, despite agreeing it was very rich! It does live up to the name of a 'Serious' pie, it's not for the feint hearted and is definitely a manly/meat lovers dish! We had this between 2 and have about half left over, so would easily serve 4.

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