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July 20, 2010 / amyjmcintosh

Beef and Guinness pie

If winter was a recipe, this would be it. Beef and Guinness pie is the quintessence of winter cooking. It’s rich, warm, hearty and filling. The ultimate comfort food. Be warned, this dish takes light years to cook, so keep it up your sleeve for a lazy Sunday afternoon when you have a few hours up your sleeve to potter around the kitchen.

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I strayed from the recipe and made one whole pie instead of eight small ones. I also made my own pastry (actually, my boyfriend did this bit!), but there’s no shame in using readymade puff pastry from the frozen section of the supermarket. I also threw in some extra ingredients to add more flavour – a few sprigs of fresh thyme, a handful of mushrooms, a few cloves of diced garlic, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a dollop of tomato paste. Here’s the recipe.

Amy’s top tips:

    • Make your own pastry if you have time. If you don’t have a rolling pin, try using an empty wine bottle instead!

Ask your butcher to chop the chuck steak for you as you don’t want to be chopping it yourself like I did.

  • Make sure you brown the meat properly as it adds to the flavour and colour of the dish. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan by throwing in all the meat in one batch. Take your time and cook it in batches.
  • I added some mushrooms as I love vegetables. Don’t wash the mushrooms with water as it makes them mushy; instead use a damp cloth instead to wipe off any dirt.
  • Serve with cabbage or beans and jacket potatoes and a glass of leftover Guiness!


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  1. Jennifer Gray / Jul 23 2010 12:01 am


    This dish looks amazing. Earle cant wait to enjoy this with an old beer or a glass of red.

    The best way to stay on a diet is to break out every so often. This is on my menu for the weekend for our weekly ‘break out’

    Thanks Jen

    • amyjmcintosh / Jul 23 2010 12:03 am

      Hi Jen,

      I think you guys will love this dish. The Guinness imparts a gorgeous flavour throughout the meat filling. Let me know how you get on!

      love, Aim xoxo

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