Slow cooker steak and ale pie

    8 hours 20 min

    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.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 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
    • oil
    • 450ml beef stock
    • 230ml water
    • 1/2 bottle ale
    • 1 beef stock cube
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 60ml your favourite ale
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • readymade puff pastry

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr20min 

    1. Place carrots, potatoes and onions in bottom of slow cooker.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

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    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


    made this Fathers day and it was a hit. I added some mushrooms which soaked up some of the excess the gravy  -  17 Jun 2012


    Made this in my slow cooker overnight for a family gathering. It was full of flavor but just too much liquid. I ladled off about 3/4 pint before putting my pastry on. The plates were almost licked clean. I will most definitely make it again.  -  14 Mar 2017