With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite recipes: Steak and Ale Pie. This Steak and Ale Meat Pie Recipe is full of robust gravy, tender steak, light pastry and dark beer. All it’s missing is a little green leprechaun. One bite of this gravy goodness and you’ll wish St. Patrick’s Day occurred more than once a year.
Among all the dinner recipes or steak recipes we’ve featured here at FoodieandWine, this Steak and Ale Pie is tied for our favorite alongside our Shepard’s Pie. They’ve been in the rotation for years and haven’t been kicked off their very high pedestal. For very good reason. They satisfy even the largest appetite and pickiest palates.
This Steak and Ale Pie Recipe calls for a good robust stout or ale. We always use classic Guinness, but don’t let that limit your decision. If there is a particular dark stout or ale you prefer or already have on hand, have at it. We know. We know. This is called “ale” pie. We just prefer a non-bitter stout like Guinness.
When cooking with beer, we’re steadfast in our process. Please take notes and don’t skip:
Step 1 – Take a fatty swig to make sure the “product” is up to snuff.
Step 2 – Set aside the listed amount called for in the recipe.
Step 3 – Take another fatty swig just to make sure you weren’t wrong the first time.
Step 4 – Repeat Steps 1-3 as needed.
Yep. Makes cooking MUCH more fun. Don’t drink beer? This recipe calls for 1.5 cups so maybe this isn’t the right recipe for you. As they say “it’s not you, it’s me.” Do note…you won’t be able to taste the beer in the end product, but I know how “touchy” some palates are.
Standard Steak an Ale Meat Pie calls for a mixture of vinegar and brown gravy. A lot of recipes we’ve seen online the past couple of years don’t call for vinegar which is a bit puzzling. The vinegar adds that little bit of acid required to make the gravy complex and your loved ones instinctively say “mmmm” after the first bite. TRUST. You want to keep it in.
The Good Stuff:
Don’t have time to spend 3 hours in the kitchen today? Make it the day before and refrigerate. When you’re ready to enjoy just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes to reheat. Then skip ahead to the step in which you add the puff pastry.
Now Swig and Repeat Away!
- 1.75 - 2 lbs Roast (Chuck or Rump)
- ¼ Cup Flour (all-purpose)
- 1.2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 3 Tbsp. Butter
- 1 Large Yellow Onions, Sliced (Approx. 1 Cup)
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
- 1.5 - 2 Cups High Quality Dark Ale or Stout (divided)
- ¼ Cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Rosemary
- 1 Bay Leaf, Whole
- ¼ Teaspoon Ground Thyme
- 1 Cup High Quality Beef Broth
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ⅛ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 5 Large Mushrooms, Sliced (any variety)
- 2 Medium Size Carrots, Sliced
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch or 2 Tbsp. Tapioca Flour
- 1 Egg (beaten)
- 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry
- Additional Salt and Pepper (to Taste)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix the flour and garlic powder. Set aside.
- Cut the roast into 1.5" - 2" cubes.
- Place the beef into the flour mixture and toss to coat evenly.
- Place a dutch oven (or large pan) over high heat. Once heated, add 1 tablespoon of butter and let melt to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Add the beef to the hot pan and sear on each site until crispy (about two minutes per side).
- Place the seared beef on a dinner plate and set aside.
- Reduce the temperature to medium and add 1 tablespoon of butter followed by the onion and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes until the carrots and onions are soft.
- Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
- Add ½ cup of beer to deglaze the pan. Make sure to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon.
- If necessary, add another ½ cup (if the original amt. cooks off quickly).
- Let cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, sugar, rosemary, bay leaf and thyme.
- Add in the last cup of beer, beef broth, salt and black pepper and stir.
- Add in the mushrooms and seared beef and stir.
- Place the dutch oven in the oven and bake for 90 minutes (covered).
- When done baking, mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and add to the beef mixture. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
- Transfer the beef mixture to a pie dish or other deep dish container.
- Turn the oven temperature up to 400 degrees.
- Unfold the puff pastry and lay flat.
- Beat the egg with a tablespoon of water and brush lightly across the puff pastry.
- Place the puff pastry on top of the pie dish and, using a knife, poke a hole or two in the top (to allow air to escape).
- Transfer the pie to the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
FOODIE AND WINE DRINK PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS
White Wines: Pinot Noir, Red Bordeaux
Beers – Guinness (Obviously!), Brown ale, Belgian ale
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