2 tablespoons gravy browning (optional but adds a deep brown color)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon caster sugar, or as needed
200g chestnut mushrooms
1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:5hr › Ready in:5hr20min
Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl, add the steak pieces and mix to fully coat the meat.
Place a casserole dish or saucepan on a medium heat, and add the butter. Once the butter is melted add the meat and cook until all of the meat is browned on the outside, but not fully cooked.
Preheat the oven to 120 C / Gas 1/2.
Add the shallots and garlic to the casserole dish, and as soon as they begin to color, turn to a low temperature and add the Guinness®.
Crumble 4 beef OXO® cubes, the 1 vegetable cube into the pot, add the browning, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree and whole-grain mustard. If your gravy doesn't cover the meat, you may need to add a little water. Simmer for around 10 minutes. Taste your gravy: you may need to add a little caster sugar to balance the flavor.
Place your casserole dish (with the lid on) into the oven and leave to cook slowly for as long as possible, at least 1 1/2 hours. I have suggested 4 hours.
Cut the mushrooms into quarters, and add to the casserole dish around 1 hour before you intend to add the pastry. If you find your gravy too thin at this stage, remove the lid from the casserole dish before continuing to cook.
20 minutes before you wish to serve, place the contents of the casserole dish into a pie dish and cover with the puff pastry.
Brush the top of the pastry with beaten egg (or melted butter), and then make a few small holes in the pastry for steam to escape.
Turn the oven up to 200 C / Gas 6 and then place the pie back in to cook the pastry until puffed and golden. Keep a close eye, as ovens and pastry can vastly vary the cooking time.
Really tasty, and full of flavours. The other half loved it so much, he had 2 huge helpings. I served it with cheesy mashed potato, buttered cabbage, and roasted peppered carrots.
I didn't add the mushrooms to it, as I'm not a fan of them, and I used regular diced onion instead of shallots, but it worked out a treat. Only thing I couldn't understand was why it stated to transfer cooked ingredients from casserole dish to a pastry dish, to cover with the puff pastry.. I didn't bother with that (as I didn't have a big enough dish) I just covered the pastry over the casserole dish, and it was fine... only thing is the pastry sunk in the middle cause obviously it was a deep dish, but it didn't hinder the taste. will definitely make again! - 05 Sep 2013