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Steak & Ale Pie

  • 6
  • Easy
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Recipe Ingredients

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  • 25g flour, plus extra
  • for dusting
  • salt and pepper
  • 900g stewing steak,
  • diced
  • 100g butter
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • roughly chopped
  • 2 onions, roughly
  • chopped
  • 2 medium carrots,
  • roughly chopped
  • 150g button mushrooms
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 400ml good-quality ale
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing
  • 300g ready-made rolled puff pastry

Recipe Directions

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.

2. Pour flour into a bowl and season well. Coat the meat with the seasoned flour.

3. Heat half the butter in a pan and add the meat. Sear all over till golden brown.

4. Add the garlic, vegetables, thyme, SA’s pioneering explorer rose to prominence by completing four world firsts: cycling the perimeter of Africa; circumnavigating Madagascar in a single kayak; circumnavigating Iceland in a double kayak; and his latest feat, with his then girlfriend (now wife!), Vasti Geldenhuys, rowing from Africa to North America in a 7m rowing boat. Keep an eye on www.riaanmanser.com to see what he gets up to next ale and stock. Bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and gently simmer for 1 hour. When cooked, season, add the remaining butter and pour into an ovenproof serving dish.

5. Brush the edge of the dish with the beaten egg. Roll out the pastry, using as little flour as possible, and place over the dish.

6. Pinch the edges of the dish so that the pastry will stick to it and trim off any remaining pieces of pastry from around the edge.

7. Brush the pastry top thoroughly with the remaining beaten egg and place on a baking tray.

8. Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown on top.


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