About this recipe:This pie is ABSOLUTELY the best meat pie I have ever had in my life! This recipe was found whilst I was on the train and found that somebody left it on the seat. So I took it. Then I made it. Thank you to who ever left it on the train! Sometimes, I just make the stew and serve with mashed spuds.
675g (1 1/2 lb) diced braising steak
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 heaped teaspoons of plain flour
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
4 sticks of celery, diced
1 small handful of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, bay leaf)
1 (500ml) bottle of Guinness®
2 (400g) tins of chopped tomatoes
1 (500g) packet of puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
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Season your beef well with the salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with flour and toss around until coated.
Heat 2 to 3 glugs of olive oil in a large casserole type pot and fry your meat until well browned.
Add the onion and fry for one more minute, then add celery, carrots and herbs. Cook for a further 5 minutes then pour in your Guinness®.
Add the tinned tomatoes; bring to the boil. Stir well, then simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
The sauce should be nice and thick with an intensley tasty flavour. Season with salt and pepper.
To make the pies, preheat the oven to 190 degrees/gas mark 5.
Put the meat filling into a large baking dish or 6 ramekins.
Roll out pastry and place over your baking dish or ramekins, making sure it is slightly bigger than the circumference of the dish/dishes.
Brush the rims of your dish/dishes with beaten egg, then place the pastry on top of the dish, squashing the extra pastry on the outside of the dish to secure. Lightly score the top of the pastry in a criss-cross fashion and brush with more egg.
Place on a baking tray (to catch the drips) and bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling.
Let it cool down for 10 minutes before you dig in.
Hope you enjoy this as much as i did!
This pie freezes well - simply assemble the pie and freeze before baking. Once you're ready to bake, simply throw it in the oven straight from the freezer.
This is a nice recipe but I think it may be better with a beef stock instead of tinned tomatoes. It's a personal preference but I'd prefer a more rich, beefy flavour than a tangy, tomatoey flavour. Also, I think next time, I'll cook the beef VERY slowly in a low oven as it's tricky not to overheat it when cooking over the hob. - 29 Aug 2010
Can I suggest you make a simple shortcrust pastry and use it as a base in the baking tin or dish, the combination of the shortcrust and the puff pastry goes great with any pie. - 09 Aug 2008
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I made this with silverside steak instead of braising and I used only one celery stick instead of four. Found this recipe absolutely gorgeous, thanks a million. - 29 Jul 2010