Classic Steak and Ale Pie

    1 hour

    This is a great steak pie. You can add swede or other root vegetable to this too if you prefer. Enjoy with beer.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
    • 250g cubed chuck steak
    • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1/2 onion, peeled and sliced
    • 300ml beer (bitter is best)
    • 300ml water
    • 1 tablespoon of cornflour
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Heat a large pan over high heat. Add the butter, then the meat. Toss to coat meat, and saute just long enough to brown meat on all sides.
    3. Remove from heat. Place meat in a large baking dish. Add carrots, potatoes and onion - and any other vegetables. Mix well.
    4. Pour the beer and 1/2 of the water into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Mix cornflour with remaining water until smooth. Slowly pour cornflour mixture into simmering beer mixture, whisking constantly. Continue to simmer until mixture has thickened.
    5. Pour mixture over meat and vegetables.
    6. Trim puff pastry to fit over top of filling.
    7. Bake for 45 to 50 mins or until top is golden brown.

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    great taste, but "gravy" takes more than the allowed prep tine to thicken to correct consistency (now made more than three times)  -  25 Aug 2011


    The sauce was quite tasty, but too thin. The vegetables would need to be cut up quite small to cook in this manner - mine were bite-sized but did not get soft enough in the recommended time.  -  24 Jan 2012


    This pie was very tasty. I love to cook so I had to change a few things since some prior reviewers found it bland. I spiced my beef with salt and pepper before browing it in the lard. Also I brown the veggies a little in the left over lard to give them more flavor. As a final addition I deglazed the pan I used to brown the beef and vegetables with the ale and water mixture and spiced it with a little montreal steak seasoning to give the sauce some extra punch.  -  13 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)