Steak and Ale Pie

Steak and ale pie is a hearty and comforting dish that's perfect for dinner. This British classic combines tender chunks of steak with a rich ale-infused gravy, all wrapped up in flaky pie crust. It's a big favorite for a reason: every bite is a mix of savory meat and mouthwatering sauce. Plus, the crust adds a buttery finish that makes it irresistible.

The best part? It’s simpler to make than you think. You just need a few ingredients and a bit of time to let the flavors mingle. Trust us, this is a pie that'll make you feel all warm and cozy inside.

Why This Recipe Works

The blend of steak and ale creates a deeply flavorful filling that's rich and satisfying. The ale adds a unique depth to the gravy, setting this pie apart from your regular meat pie. It infuses the steak with a malty aroma that complements the meaty goodness perfectly. The end result is a complex, mouth-watering flavor you won’t be able to get enough of.

Another great thing about this recipe is its versatility. You can tweak the vegetables or even the type of ale based on what you like or have in your pantry. Plus, making it at home allows you to control the quality of ingredients, ensuring every bite is as tasty as possible. It's a foolproof dish that promises to impress, whether you're cooking for the family or bringing it to a potluck.

Ingredients

Beef chunks - About 1 pound, for the meaty part of the pie. You can use beef stew meat. Substitute: chicken or turkey for a lighter pie.

Pie crust - You'll need enough for the bottom and top of the pie. Store-bought or homemade works. Substitute: puff pastry for a flakier top.

Ale - to give it the ale flavor. A dark ale works best. Substitute: beef broth for a non-alcoholic version.

Onions - to add some sweet and savory flavor. Substitute: shallots or leeks.

Mushrooms - for some earthiness and texture. Substitute: you can skip them or use carrots or peas.

Tips

  • Use cold pie crust for a flakier finish.
  • Brown the beef chunks well for richer flavor.
  • Use a thickening agent like flour or cornstarch to make the filling nice and thick.
  • If you're using store-bought crust, pre-bake it for 5-10 minutes to avoid a soggy bottom.
  • Let the pie cool for a bit before cutting into it; it helps the filling set.

How to Serve

A steak and ale pie is comfort food at its finest, so it goes well with hearty sides like mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables. The deep, rich flavors of the pie fill your mouth and warm you up from the inside, making it an ideal dish for cold days or family gatherings.

  • With a Side Salad: To balance out the richness of the pie, serve it with a fresh green salad.
  • With Garlic Bread: For a carb-lover's dream meal, pair the pie with some garlic bread to soak up the gravy.
  • In a Pub-Style Setting: Serve with a pint of ale or stout for an authentic British pub experience.

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Steak and Ale Pie

Make a comforting and delicious Steak and Ale Pie with this simple recipe. Perfect for family dinners and special occasions. Serves 4-6.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: British
Keyword: beef chunks, dark ale, mushrooms
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef chunks
  • 2 pie crusts
  • 1 cup dark ale
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Heat oil in a pan, brown the beef chunks well. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, sauté the onion and mushrooms until soft.
  • Add flour to the vegetables and stir.
  • Pour in the ale, bring to a simmer.
  • Add the beef back into the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or until beef is tender.
  • Roll out one pie crust and line a pie dish with it.
  • Pour the beef and ale mixture into the pie dish.
  • Cover with the second pie crust. Seal the edges.
  • Make a small slit in the top crust to let steam escape.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 1850kcal Carbohydrates: 174g Protein: 25g Fat: 117g Saturated Fat: 30g Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g Monounsaturated Fat: 59g Trans Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 1396mg Potassium: 643mg Fiber: 10g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 3IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 69mg Iron: 10mg

Notes

  • Use cold pie crust for a flakier finish.
  • Brown the beef chunks well for richer flavor.
  • Use a thickening agent like flour or cornstarch to make the filling nice and thick.
  • If you're using store-bought crust, pre-bake it for 5-10 minutes to avoid a soggy bottom.
  • Let the pie cool for a bit before cutting into it; it helps the filling set.
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