My Attempt At Steak and Ale Pie
Yes, it's another recipe post! This month I thought I'd give steak and ale pie a go. This has always been one of my favourite things to eat. If it's on the menu, chances are I'll pick it. There's something so warm and comforting about it. If you've never had it before, steak and ale pie is a traditional British dinner that's normally eaten in the Autumn and the Winter as it's hearty and great at warming you up!
As always, I took the recipe from my favourite cooking blog The Kitchen Sanctuary, so I can't claim credit for this one! Generally speaking, I'd say my attempt went pretty well. It tasted nice, but in the future I would make some adjustments, which I've put in italics as we go through the recipe, so keep an eye out for those! Also this recipe is for four people, just so you know!
Ingredients: 900g braising beef 2 large onions 2 large carrots 2 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp plain flour 400ml beef stock 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 bay leaves 2 tsp dark brown sugar 400ml Guinness
I started by cutting about 900g of braising beef into bite sized chunks. This is important for steak pie as you don't want to have to cut up the pieces as you're eating them!
I then cut up 2 large onions, 2 large carrots, and 2 cloves of garlic. I cut up the onions into small pieces, but in the future I would go for larger onions for more impact, like shallots. I also cut the carrots into larger pieces which worked well.
Cover the pieces of beef in plain flour mixed with salt and pepper.
Fry the beef for 7-8 minutes in a large pan. This pan needs to be pretty big as there will be a lot of ingredients going in. Then, add in the onions and fry for a further 5 minutes.
Add in the garlic and the carrots, as well as 200ml of beef stock.
Once that's stirred in, add in 2 tbsp of tomato puree, 2 bay leaves, 2 tsp of dark brown sugar, salt, pepper, and 400ml Guinness. I would recommend putting in a bit less than this, as it had quite a strong beer taste.
From there, leave to cook for 5-6 hours, and then it's good to serve!
It's super simple. While it requires a lot of chopping prep, it's really easy to put together, and then you can just leave it until you're ready to eat. It's important that you do stir it every now and again to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan, and make sure you leave the lid on properly to prevent the liquid in it dissipating.
Of course, if you're looking for something more filling, there are lots of sides you could make to have alongside the pie. I attempted to make mashed and roast potatoes for the first time, but if I'm honest they didn't go too well, so rather than sharing my attempt, I'll just link recipes for you to have a go of instead!
Pastry (it is a pie after all! I just used pre-made pastry) and Broccoli
And that's it for my recipe attempt. Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I recommend you give it a go if you fancy something super British! If you do try it, let me know how it went in the comments below or on social media:
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Until next time,