About this recipe:We live in Edinburgh, a city with many great pubs, but my husband maintains that the best steak and ale pie in the city can be found in our own kitchen! Tender chunks of meat and vegetables, savoury gravy, flaky crust...hungry yet? The steak is cooked in the slow cooker so it's really tender but the pie itself is finished in the oven.
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
3 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 onion, roughly chopped
1.5kg braising steak, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
450ml beef stock
1/2 bottle ale
1 beef stock cube
1 tablespoon cornflour
60ml your favourite ale
Salt and pepper to taste
Readymade puff pastry
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:8hr › Ready in:8hr20min
Place carrots, potatoes and onions in bottom of slow cooker.
Toss cubed beef with flour, garlic powder, paprika and herbs. Heat oil in pan until very hot and toss beef quickly to sear cubes. Add beef to slow cooker on top of vegetables. Add stock, water, ale and a beef stock cube. In a bowl, mix together cornflour and 60ml ale until cornflour is dissolved; add to slow cooker. Close lid and set slow cooker on medium-low for 8 hours.
When it is finished cooking and you are ready to eat, roll out the puff pastry and cut into four quarters. Preheat oven according to the package directions on the puff pastry.
Divide the meat and vegetable mixture from the slow cooker into four individual oven-proof dishes or ramekins. Lay a square of puff pastry on top of each, place on a baking tray and bake until the pastry is golden brown on top, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Have just prepared this for tomorrow nights dinner. Have put in slow cooker and my hubby will switch it off tomorrow morning. Very easy to make - hope it takes as good as it smells. I will post results tomorrow. - 06 Feb 2012