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Monday 13 March 2017

Monday Munchies: Steak and Ale Pie

As we say goodbye to British Pie week I thought I would share with you my favourite pie I had this week. My home made steak and ale pie. Start with the filling, for this pie I make the filling in a the slow cooker, add the steak, ale (I used Newcastle Brown Ale, obviously) and a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Leave it to cook for at least 5 hours but the longer the better.

When the filling is ready you can start on everything else, peel some potatoes and carrots and chop into good sized pieces. Par boil both for around 10 minutes and then drain into a colander and toss the potatoes so the edges fluff up. Heat some beef dripping in a roasting dish and when it's searing hot add the potatoes and carrots and turn them so the are covered in the melted dripping, cook in a high heat oven (around 220Âșc) for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are golden and the carrots are starting to caramelise (TIP: when there is about 10 mins to go bash up some garlic cloves and add these with some rosemary and thyme to the roasting dish).

Add the finished pie filling to your pie dish of choice and cover with puff pastry. Crimp the edges and decorate with some pastry shapes (I made a Pi symbol), cut 2 little holes in the centre to allow any steam to escape and brush with some egg wash and cook for about 30 minutes. Make sure you don't roll the pastry too thin, I made this mistake and it ended up splitting at the thinest edge.

I like to have mushy peas with my pie, which I just make with boiled frozen peas blitzed in a blender and mixed with a little butter, salt, pepper and tiny blob of mint sauce.

What are your favourite pies? Did you have any during Pie week?

Well, that's all for now.


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A classic slow cooked steak and ale pie recipe with a twist



  1. That looks absolutely cracking Steve... it's not often I get to eat meat pie with a veggie husband, so I shall just look and drool at your lush pics!

  2. I never think to make a pie, but this sounds so easy and looks delicious. Your pictures are making me VERY hungry now x

    1. Pies are sooo easy. Especially when the filling is made in advance like this.

  3. I didn't have any pies for pie week, but did you know: they sold Newcastle Brown Ale at the Norwegian ski resort I visited recently! I was impressed by that.


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