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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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  • 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!


    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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20th Dec, 2017
My nearest and dearest love it when I make this for them. Very easy and great tasting recipe!
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22nd Nov, 2017
Made this last week and loved it. Making it again right now, but instead of pastry, I’m putting whole grain mustard on slices of white bloomer, then putting them mustard side down on the pie, sprinkle of grated cheese on top, then back in the oven for 20 minutes.
9th Sep, 2017
I would never attempt this recipe - ridiculous number of stock cubes. From reading others comments, it sounds disgusting. It should be removed from the site to prevent further disappointment. Also, so many spelling mistakes! "casserol disk"!
14th May, 2017
Great tasting pie. I'd recommend adding a tbsp or 2 of flour while browning the steak, as the sauce in the cooked pie could be a little thicker. That said, I'll definitely be making it again - maybe with mushrooms or kidney for a different texture.
9th Sep, 2016
as soon as I started to read this recipe it was obvious that the amount of stock cubes was ridiculous and can`t imagine anyone with any culinary sense even thinking to use so many!! And why a combination of beef and vegetable cubes? Doesn`t make any sense. The finished dish would be like the vastly over salted commercially produced rubbish on sale in supermarkets, garages and on cheap pub food menus. Shame on Good Food for putting it on the site..
28th Aug, 2016
As other users, I should have read the reviews, and should have had the courage of my convictions when I thought too many stock cubes. Too salty. Had to reclaim with tins of tomatoes before putting filling in pie. A shame as I have come to trust BBC good food without question after many successes.
2nd Jun, 2015
I cannot believe this has been allowed to be posted on to a "Good Food" website with 5 stock cubes in it. The amount of salt is many times over the the recommended amount allowed. Unbelievable!!
31st Mar, 2015
It's always down to personal taste with any dish wether in a restaurant or home made. I personally found this absolutely disgusting! At first listening to other reviews I only put in two beef oxo cubes. I only put two teaspoons of thyme instead of the three as I am well aware of how strong a herb it can be, after a while I tried it yuk! So I put another two beef oxo cubes in to give it some savoury flavour and then added a knorr stock pot (rich beef). This did not disguise the funny taste so I ended up spooning the 'gravy' out and washing the beef with boiling water to get rid of the taste, then made up some normal beef gravy to go with the meat. Don't know if it's the thyme or chilli but I'm sorry this is not a good tasting beef pie filling, savoury it ain't just herby bland tasting water with a hit of chilli powder. Sorry my quest for a rich tasty beef pie filling continues!
10th Oct, 2014
my first attempt at making a pie with ale in and I used a stout, it was delicious and I would recommend the recipe to anyone
7th May, 2014
The men of my family absolutely wolfed this one down. I made individual pies and used Hobgoblin beer. I left out the garlic as I can't eat it but the flavour of the gravy, (I didn't use all the cubes either) was so rich. I used the leftover liquid and added flour to make a thicker gravy to pour over the mash we ate with it. Definitely a new favourite in our house


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