Sunday, 1 May 2011

Steak and ale pie

1 white onion, 1 carrot, 1 potato, 800g beef stewing steak, 1 pint Hobgoblin ale, thyme, Jus-Rol™, plain flour, butter. 

1) Ordinarily I make my own pastry but it was 2 for 1 on Jus-Rol™ in Tesco so I cheated today. To make puff pastry yourself - I swear by Gordon Ramsey's recipe. Line an oven-proof dish with the pastry, prick the bottom and bake it in the oven for 12 minutes.

2) Finely dice the onions, carrots and potatoes and sautee in butter just until the onions are soft. Add the pint of hobgoblin ale to the pan and stir through.

3) Coat the beef in plain flour and drop into a hot frying pan to sear the outside of the meat. (please note - this does not seal the juices inside the meat, it merely ensures that your meat will be more tender and taste better. As you will see from the picture above I did not use stewing steak because I only had finely diced steak suitable for stir-frying. Small pieces of meat do not require searing in the same way that mince does not). Stir the meat in with the vegetables and simmer gently as the gravy thickens, adding thyme to taste.

4) Sprinkle a fine layer of flour onto the pre-baked pastry in your oven proof dish and spoon the meat and vegetables into the dish.

5) Lay a sheet of pastry over the top and press down, pinching the top crust to the sides. Prick the top with a fork, bake for 30 minutes and serve.

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