Beef and Guinness Pie


A classic beef and Guinness pie is the perfect comfort food for a chilly winter’s evening. Tender chunks of beef are cooked in a rich, dark gravy made with Guinness beer, and then encased in a flaky puff pastry crust. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans for a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef chuck, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 250 ml Guinness stout
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until browned all over. Remove beef from pot and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic to the pot. Cook until onions are softened. Stir in Guinness, beef stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper. Return beef to the pot and bring to a simmer.

Cook until beef is very tender and gravy is thickened, about 1.5 hours.

Meanwhile, roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to a large oval. Cut a 2.5 cm strip from one long side of the pastry. Place the beef mixture in the centre of the pastry. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg. Place the strip of pastry over the top and press to seal. Trim off any excess pastry.

Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Place on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until pastry is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Potential changes & improvements

If you prefer a less hearty pie, you could use less beef and add some mushrooms or other vegetables. For a richer gravy, you could stir in some cream at the end. If you don’t have Guinness, you could substitute another dark beer or even red wine.

What other food it works well with

Serve beef and Guinness pie with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. A simple green salad would also be a good side dish.

Common Mistakes

Be sure to brown the beef well before adding it to the gravy. This will add flavour and colour to the finished pie. Don’t overcook the beef – you want it to be tender, but not falling apart.

Nutritional Information

per serving: 575 calories, 33 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 1460 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein

Allergens

Wheat, egg


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