Beef and Guinness Pie
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When we hear the words comfort food, this is a dish that immediately comes to mind. A rich, savory pie filled with a beautiful Beefy sauce, The Beef and Guinness Pie is as British as Fish and Chips or crappy weather. In fact, it makes total sense why the British devour this pie in droves. It is the perfect dish to eat when its cold, rainy and generally miserable outside. Who cares what the weather is like if you’ve got a Beef and Guinness Pie to tuck into!

Savory pies are not only common in the UK (and Australia / New Zealand where we grew up), they are one of the most popular dishes in the country. The history of savory pies spans decades, back in the Victorian times where great feasts were created for royalty and dignitaries from around the country. Baked with delicious pastry and encasing beautiful meat fillings, the favorite of many back then and to this day is the Beef Pie

Cooked in a delicious brown gravy which thickens with the use of flour, slow braising meat turns super tender and luxurious. The Guinness adds equal sweet and bitter notes which complement the pie amazingly. It truly is a treat, and very far from the sweet pies Americans are used to!

Best cut of Meat for a Beef and Guinness Pie

The key to a good Beef and Guinness Pie recipe is the Beef. A good pie has lots of it! Worst thing you can get with a meat pie is a bite full of gravy and very little meat. So the more Beef in the pie, the better it will be! It also helps with making a thicker pie, which makes for much better eating. The Best type of Beef to use is either Chuck or Beef Cheeks. Braising meat that requires longer cook times at a low temperature to break down the fibers and become beautiful and tender

The added benefit of using these braising meat cuts for the pie is they are generally a lot cheaper to buy. You may need to trim down some excess fat and silver skin, however there is no need to be super picky. Leave some fat on the beef, as it will just make for a tastier gravy in the pie

Beef and Guinness Pie plating
This recipe provides a generous amount of Beef and Guinness Pie for everyone!

Recipe Details

Servings

4 – 8 people

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

5 hours

Total time

5 hours

Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. Beef Chuck or Beef Cheeks
  • 2 sheets of Puff Pastry
  • 1 Egg
  • 800ml (28 oz.) Canned Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 large Carrot, finely diced
  • 2 Celery Stick, finely diced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • 1 x 440 ml can of Guinness
  • ½ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Beef Stock (recipe here)
  • 4 sprigs of Thyme
  • 4 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 4 tsp. Vegetable / Canola Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Trim any excess fat and silver skin from the Beef then cut into large pieces, about 2 inches thick
  2. Place the flour into a large mixing bowl with 2 tsp. of Salt and 2 tsp. of Pepper then add the Beef, coating well
  3. Heat half the Vegetable Oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium / high heat. Once hot, add half the Beef and Brown well on each side, approximately 1 minute on each side. Once browned, set aside
  4. Remove the Beef, add the remaining Vegetable Oil and repeat with the remaining Beef, then set aside
  5. In the same pot add the Onion, Carrots and Celery and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables are lovely and tender. Add the Garlic and cook for 2 more minutes
  6. Add the Tomato Paste and cook for 2 minutes, mixing to combine it well with the vegetables. Then add the Canned Tomatoes, Guinness, Beef Stock, Rosemary, Thyme, and 1 tbsp. of Salt. Bring to a Boil then reduce heat to low
  7. Cover and cook for 3 hours until the Beef is lovely and tender. Remove the Lid and continue to cook for a further hour to reduce the liquid. After 4 hours if the liquid still needs more reduction, remove the Beef, and increase the heat to medium to continue reducing

Beef and Guinness Pie Filling
Once reduced, the Beef and Guinness Pie filling will be rich and thick

Assembling the Pie

  1. Once the mixture has cooled, place it into a large baking dish. You want the mixture to be filled almost to the top of the baking dish, so chose one appropriate to the amount of mixture you’re working with
  2. Layer the Cheese on top of the beef mixture, then lay the Puff Pastry on top. Ensure that the Pastry is folded over the edges of the baking tray to ensure it stays in place during the cooking process
  3. Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush Egg mixture across the top of the pastry. Poke a few holes in the pastry then bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes
  4. Remove from heat, let cool then serve!

The classic combination of this beautiful Beef and Guinness Pie is with Mashed Potatoes and Ketchup. The Mashed Potatoes soak up all that delicious gravy and the Ketchup is simply a match made in heaven when eaten with the pie

For the best Mashed Potatoes ever check out our recipe here and Happy Cooking!

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