Steak and Guinness Pie is such a hearty and satisfying dish. I love it a lot and it is not hard to make. All you need is some time and some chopping and cutting. You can make this in the oven or you can use the slow cooker.
A thing for England
Not a lot of people know this but I really do have a thing for England. I think it’s a beautiful country but I also adore the food. Well at least some of it. Whenever we go to visit our friends near Birmingham I must ( yes MUST) have my fix of Pork pies with Branston pickles, sausages, Steak and kidney pie and of course the full English breakfast. If I’m honest I must admit hearing the sentence: want a full English? would have me jump out of bed in the middle of the night. The sausages, oh my those sausages, I’m drooling just thinking about them. It is very hard to get foods like that in my home-town and the only thing that I ever tried making myself was the steak and kidney pie.
That was once and never ever again. I found out I’m a total wimp when it comes to preparing kidneys. The feel, the smell no just NO. So I had to think of a recipe tasting just as good but without those dreaded little smelly organs. Pretty soon I came up with my Steak and Guinness pie. Now of course I know I did not invent this gorgeous Pie, please keep in mind that at the time I “invented” it there was no Pinterest ( How did I ever live without it!!). The Internet also wasn’t what it is today. So I will proudly keep saying I invented this if you don’t mind.
Steak and Guinness Pie
I just love the tender steak in that wonderfully rich sauce packed with flavor topped of with crispy puff pastry. Heaven on a plate to me! This recipe is perfect if you are cooking for a crowd. I once made it for 40 people attending my mom-in-laws birthday party. Totally suitable to make ahead of time. All you have left to do when the guest are ready to eat is slap on some puff pastry and put it in the oven. Cooking for a crowd like a total BOSS. If you have been reading more of my posts you will know I love cooking the easy way. Preparing everything in advance so my kitchen looks as if I didn’t cook at all is heaven to me. Another good thing is you can sneak in veggies and even the pickiest eater will still love it.
Don’t worry if you don’t like Guinness, it will not taste like Guinness at all. However the Guinness gives a really deep flavor to this dish and a wonderfully dark color. Don’t use any other beer for this, believe me Guinness rules in this recipe. Now if you do like Guinness, enjoy a nice glass at dinner because it tastes divine together.
I usually make 1 big dish ( or several big dishes :D) but sometimes I use a muffing tray to make cute individual pies. I do like the rustic feel and look so for this post I will stick to the big dish variety.
Steak and Guinness Pie
This Delicious Steak and Guinness Pie is perfect for feeding a crowd!
- 4 red onions, cut in half rings
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 300 grams carrots, cut into rings
- 5 cloves garlic, grated
- 4 stalks celery, washed, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 350 grams chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
- 40 grams butter
- 1.5 kg stewing steak, cut into bite-size cubes
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 300 ml Guinness
- 300 grams puff pastry
- 150 grams sharp cheese, grated use a milder cheese when preferred
- salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil and fry onion rings until translucent ( about 8-10 minutes). turn up the heat and add carrot, garlic, celery, mushrooms and butter to the onions. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Add stewing steak, thyme, salt, pepper and flour to pan and fry for about 5 minutes. Grease a large oven dish. Poor Guinness over meat in pan and stir well to combine. Transfer meat to greased oven dish and cover with tin-foil.
Bake for 2 hours in the middle of the oven. Give it a quick stir after 1 hour.
Remove oven dish from oven but leave the oven on. Remove tin-foil. Place puff pastry on top of the meat and press lightly around the edges. sprinkle cheese on top. With a fork poke some holes in puff pastry so steam can get away.
Bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes.