Steak & chips pie in a dish

Steak & chips pie

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins

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Serves 6

Combine steak, chips, red wine gravy and wild mushrooms, then wrap it all up in a pie crust to enjoy one of the best mash-ups we’ve ever come up with

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal972
  • fat48g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs87g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre11g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.7g
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    For the beef

    • 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for the dish
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

    • 750g-1kg braising steak (or topside) sliced into 6 thin steaks (buy a joint and do it yourself if you can’t find any already sliced)
    • 2 onions, chopped



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 4 medium carrots, chopped



      The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

    • 1 tsp treacle, sugar or golden caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp plain flour
    • 175ml red wine
    • 2 beef stock cubes diluted in 600ml hot water
    • small bunch thyme, half of the leaves picked for the pastry and reserved


      This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

    • 3 bay leaves, tied together

    For the pastry

    • 500g block of shortcrust pastry
    • flour, for dusting



      Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

    • 1 tsp dried porcini mushroom powder (optional)
    • thyme leaves, from the bunch used for the beef

    For the chips

    • 800g frozen oven chips or fries (or make your own using our recipe)


    1. Up to three days before, braise the steak. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat half the oil in a flameproof casserole pan and brown the steaks really well on either side, then set aside. Add the onions and carrots to the pan, drizzle over a little more oil, then cook over a low heat for 5 mins until coloured. Drizzle over the treacle or add the sugar, and scatter in the flour, stirring until you have a brown paste clinging to the vegetables. Tip the meat and any juices back into the pan and give it all a good stir. Pour over the wine and stock, season, tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for about two hours, or until the meat is tender, then leave to cool and chill until needed. Can be prepared up to two days ahead and chilled.

    2. To make the pastry, roll out the block on a floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin and scatter over the thyme leaves and mushroom powder. Fold the pastry into quarters and chill until needed. Or, to give the pastry a more interesting finish, scatter over the thyme and mushroom powder when you roll the pastry out to line the dish, rolling over them firmly so they stick. Can be prepared a day ahead and chilled.

    3. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and put a baking sheet in the oven. Oil a 24-28cm pie dish or tin (ideally with a lip) and dust well with flour. Roll out the pastry to a thick-ish round that will easily line the pie dish with a slight overhang, then line the dish. Lift the steak out of the gravy, then spoon in the vegetables and a little of the gravy and lay the steaks over the top to form an overlapping layer (serve any leftover gravy alongside in a small jug for pouring over). Pile the chips over the meat. Trim the edges of the pastry and crimp the edge. Bake for 40 mins until the chips and pie crust are golden – cover the chips loosely with foil if they are browning too quickly. Scatter over some salt then serve straight from the dish with the leftover gravy (reheated), and the rest of that bottle of red wine.

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    3rd Oct, 2019
    This recipe didn't work for me. The chips didn't cook in a heap like this and were still cold/uncooked when the pie was supposed to be ready. I ended up taking all the chips off and cooking them separately. Kind of defeats the object! Nice idea, but not a winner.
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