Steak and Ale Pie

An English Classic.

5 star rating based on 32 reviews

Ingredients for 4

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500 gramsbraising steak
200 gramspotato
200 gramspuff pastry (ready made)
200 gramschestnut mushrooms
1 oniononion (medium size, 160g each) (160 grams)
1 1/4 carrotcarrot (100 grams)
1 eggegg (50 grams)
3 tablespoonsplain flour (25 grams)
2 tablespoonsbutter (25 grams)
1 1/16 tablespoonsunflower oil (16 grams)
1 teaspoonsugar (5 grams)
3/4 teaspoonssalt (4 grams)
1 clovefresh garlic (medium size, 3g each) (3 grams)
2 leafsbay leaf (2 grams)
1/8 teaspoonground black pepper (0.4 grams)
200 mlsale (beer)
120 mlsbeef stock
Salt content: 0.2% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)


See detailed step-by-step instructions below. Instead of putting the pie into a dish and covering that with the puff pastry, you can bake individual pieces of puff pastry in the oven and server it on a plate with a piece of pastry on top.

Serve with vegetables and a pint of ale.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoDice the steak into cubes.
Recipe PhotoRoughly chop the onion.
Recipe PhotoChop the garlic.
Recipe PhotoAnd here is our lovely diced braising steak.
Recipe PhotoPut the flour, salt and pepper into a plastic bag.
Recipe PhotoPut the diced steak into the bag and shake well until all the meat is evenly covered.
Recipe PhotoPut the vegetable oil and butter into a saucepan and heat up. Add the onions and garlic and fry until the onions turn translucent.
Recipe PhotoNow add the beef and fry until evenly browned.
Recipe PhotoThis is what your beef should look like.
Recipe PhotoNow add the ale.
Recipe PhotoAnd the beef stock (I'm using stock made from a stock cube here - check the instructions on the package).
Recipe PhotoAdd the bay leaves.
Recipe PhotoAnd the sugar.
Recipe PhotoChop the lower part of the stem off your chestnut mushrooms, then quarter the mushrooms.
Recipe PhotoAdd the mushrooms to your saucepan.
Recipe PhotoDice the potatoes and carrots.
Recipe PhotoSimmer for 45 minutes, then add the carrots and potatoes. Now is the time to preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4. Simmer for another 45 minutes after having added the potatoes and carrots.
Recipe PhotoRoll out your puff pastry to that it's slightly larger then the top of the oven proof dish you will be using for your pie.
Recipe PhotoDon't fold or overwork the dough. Puff pastry has lots of layers and has to be treated carefully.
Recipe PhotoWhisk your egg with a fork.
Recipe PhotoPut the steak and sauce into your oven proof dish, then cover with the rolled-out pastry. Decorate, and brush with the beaten egg. Put into the oven and leave it there for 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is done. You can tell that my kids made the decorations :-)
Recipe PhotoAnd here is our finished pie! You can also use individual pie dishes or do chunks of puff pastry in the oven on their own and serve each plate with a piece of puff pastry.

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10"Now is the time to preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4" - "Put into the oven and leave it there for 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is done."
10no temp or time for lg pie or position in oven
8Yep, that worked! A Hungry family well fed! Cooking steak & Ale pie in China is a priceless taste of home and a fine introduction to British cuisine for my family here!
10Looks good cant wait to try this weekend
4I really have no idea sorry, i just went for the low carb optoin on tis recipe, not the fat content. But depending on what you use it should also be low.
10A few things ~ I did NOT need to see that rcipee!~ LOVE the translation, had to send that to Josh.~ The cruise ship. HA! Hilarious! Although wouldn't you think that at least the things in the storage area would be better secured? That looked seriously hazardous. I did however, love the lady who just stayed in her chair rolling back and forth
9No, they are my hands and i AM talking while doing it. No i do not paint my nails. They may appaer bright and reflective for the main reason that i have two very powerful 130watt energy saving gloves and two large soft box's at about one meter away from my hands for better lighting.
10Bhavna Patel makes a lovely puff pastry. I have always used hers. However I have not yet tested this recipe.
10Great recipe. I bought a long thin box of phyllo, but wasnt sure how to use it. I just layed s few pieces in top and brushed with thd egg. It was alittle crunchy
7Make your own Puff Pastry it's a lot better than off the shelf stuff give it time in the fridge before proceeding apart from that very good
10thanks a lot, was really help full. yummy from Malta
10cant wait to try
10great pie.
10Great dinner sorted !!!
6quite useful!!!!!! loved the decorations
9well explained
10thanks a lot, was really help full.
8Nice easy recipe - I will rate again when I have finished and the family has tasted.