Steak and ale pie

Steak and ale pie
Makes: 6 portions
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  • 500 gr beef
  • 200 gr mushrooms
  • 2 onion
  • 2 garlic
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot
  • 100 gr swede
  • 40 gr butter
  • 40 gr tomato puree
  • 40 gr flour
  • 250 ml ale
  • 200 ml beef stock
  • 1 tbspn Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbspn thyme
  • 2 tbspn parsley
  • 100 gr potato
  • 350 gr puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat the oven at the oven at 160 °C. Dice the beef and quarter the mushrooms. Heat the oil and brown the meat in a frying pan. Remove the meat from the pan with a slotted spoon. Fry the mushrooms in the same pan and remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Transfer both to the oven tray.
  2. Peel and dice the onion and garlic, swede, carrot and celery and sweat off in the same pan until softened. Add the flour and cook out for several minutes
  3. Add the tomato puree and cook out for several minutes. Add the ale, stock and Worcestershire sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Scrape the tasty bits of the bottom and pour everything in the oven tray.
  4. Add the bay leaf, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. There should be enough liquid to just cover the meat.
  5. Cover the oven tray with a lit and stew the beef for 3 hours in the oven at 160 °C or until the meat is very tender. Let the stew cool completely, preferably overnight.
  6. Peel and dice the potatoes, cook untill just tender, drain and cool.
  7. Preheat the oven at 180 °C.
  8. Divide the beef stew and potatoes between the individual oven dishes. Sprinkle the parsley on top.
  9. Roll out the puff pastry and cut out lits that fit neatly on top of the oven dishes. Place the lid on the oven dishes and brush them with the beaten egg.
  10. Bake the pies for 20 min in the oven until the puff pastry is cooked and the filling is hot.
  11. Serve with a green veg of your choice and maybe some extra potatoes.
Stuff to know
Make the stew ahead of time to allow it to cool completely before adding the puff pastry lits.That way, the puff pastry cooks better.
It is best to stew the beef in the oven rather than on the stove.