With St Patrick’s Day not too far away on Sunday 17th March, what better way to celebrate the national holiday than creating a traditional dish with one of Ireland’s biggest exports? Many pints of Guinness will be drunk over St. Paddy’s weekend; however, adding it to a steak pie is a great, family-friendly alternative
3 tbsp vegetable oil
750g (1 1/2lb) stewing beef steak, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, cut into chunks
2 tbsp plain flour
1 x 440ml can Guinness
1 beef stock cube
sprig thyme leaves
ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
1 egg, beaten
Heat half the oil in a large casserole pan. Cook the beef, in 2 batches, for 7-10 mins until browned all over.
Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook for 5 mins until soft.
Stir in the flour until well coated. Pour in the Guinness and stir around the pan, scraping up all the caramelised bits at the bottom of the pan. Crumble in the stock cube, then return the beef to the pan with the thyme and top up with water if necessary. Cover and simmer for 1½hrs until the beef is really tender. Then leave to cool. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/ Fan 180°C. Spoon the beef and enough juice to cover it, into a large pie dish, removing the thyme sprig.
Place the pastry on top and cut away any excess with a sharp knife. Then use your fingers to crimp around the edge of the pie. Make a small slit in the centre of the pie for air to escape. Brush all over with the egg.
Cook for 30–40 minutes until golden and crisp. Heat any remaining beef liquid and serve alongside with some mash and greens.
Wash down your dinner with some traditional Irish coffee. Black coffee served with whipped cream and whiskey, it’s the perfect end to a great meal!
2 tbsp double cream
150ml freshly brewed black coffee
50ml Irish whiskey
½-1 tsp brown sugar
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Lightly whip the cream just so it’s very slightly thickened, then set aside. Pour the hot coffee into a mug or heatproof glass, then add the whiskey and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Gently float the cream on the top and sprinkle the nutmeg over the cream. Serve hot!
Connect with us
View by date
Since the election back in December, recent statistics have shown that there has been increased optimism in the property market from buyers and sellers alike. Between the period 8th December and 11th January, almost 65,000 properties were marketed. And with the election having been held on 12th December, many of these were marketed after the …Read more...
Feng shui can easily be incorporated into any home, creating a better quality of energy. So, just what is feng shui? Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng shui teaches people how they can balance the energies in any space with the arrangement of objects. This could be a home, office or garden. In …Read more...
Sainsbury’s has been crowned as the cheapest supermarket. A study by the Which? Consumer group revealed that the supermarket chain came top after tracking thousands of branded grocery prices across the six major supermarket chains throughout 2019. The data was collected by monitoring online pricing of branded items that were available in all supermarket chains; …Read more...
Vegetable curry You don’t need to give up your curry nights just yet; stay on track with your healthy eating plan with this low-fat, vegetarian dish. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Serves: 4 Nutrition: 207kcal per serving Ingredients 1-2 tbsp red Thai curry paste 500ml low-sodium vegetable stock 2 onions, chopped …Read more...
Excitement is already building for the 92nd Academy Awards which take place on 9th February; but just who are in the running to pick up a coveted trophy? The Academy Awards honours the best films of the year and this year’s event will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at …Read more...