Jaime at Home Meat Pie Recipe
  • Cooking Time: hours
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: hours
  • olive oil
  • • 3 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
  • • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • • 2Tbls butter, plus extra for greasing
  • • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • • 2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped
  • • 4 field mushrooms, peeled and sliced (portabella, something nice)
  • • 2lbs (or a little more) of beef or stewing beef, cut into cubes
  • • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
  • • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • • Pint of Guinness (no lager, please!)
  • • 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • • 7oz freshly grated Cheddar cheese
  • • 18oz best-quality ready-made all-butter puff pastry
  • • 1 large free-range or organic egg, beaten
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. In a large ovenproof pan, heat a glug of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry gently for about 10 minutes – try not to colour them too much. Turn the heat up, add the garlic, butter, carrots and celery and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of salt and a level teaspoon of pepper.
  2. Fry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in the Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back into the oven and continue to cook it for another hour, or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich, dark and thick. A perfect pie filling needs to be robust, so if it’s still quite liquidy, place, keep cooking to reduce until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese, then season carefully and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Cut about a third of the pastry off the block. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll both pieces of pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin. Butter a deep pie dish, then line with the larger sheet, leaving the edges dangling over the side. Tip the stew into your lined dish and even it out before sprinkling over the remaining cheese. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg.
  4. Cut the other rolled sheet of pastry to fit the top of the pie dish and criss-cross it lightly with a sharp knife. Place it over the top of the pie and fold the overhanging pastry on to the pastry lid to make it look nice and rustic. Brush the top with beaten egg, then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes, until the pastry is cooked, puffed and golden.
*Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (get enough to do top and bottom of pan you are baking the final product in. I didn't... and it was more pastry meat stew. There's a recipe for pastry here... as you can tell, I bought pastry. Uh... do as you will, but I say just buy it.