If you are looking for a dinner that is comforting and satisfying, this beef pie recipe will really hit the spot.
Using pre-made pastry saves some time, but you can make your own if you prefer.
The filling is rich and full of flavour, and there are plenty of healthy vegetables to create a nutritious meal.
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What Do You Need?
This beef pie recipe is straightforward to make. You will need a chopping board and a knife to prepare the vegetables, a large frying pan to cook the pie filling, and a deep pie dish.
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Tips And Tricks
If you want to make sure that your beef pie is perfect every time, have a look at these tips and tricks.
- Low and slow – the trick to getting soft and tender beef is to cook the meat low and slow. If you cook the beef on a high heat, it could become tough and chewy. You could make the pie filling the slow cooker. This is ideal for a weeknight, as the pie filling can cook while you are at work and you can assemble the pie when you get home.
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- Egg – Brushing the pastry with a beaten egg gives it a lovely glazed appearance which makes it even more appetising when it comes out of the oven. It also prevents the pastry from drying out.
- Crispy Pastry – You don’t want to go through the effort of making a pie just to end up with soggy pastry. If you lay your pastry lid on top of boiling hot pie filling, the steam from the filling could make the pastry soggy. If you have time, it is best to let the pie filling cool first. If you make small holes in the pastry lid it will allow the steam to escape while the pie is cooking, preventing the pastry from getting too wet.
- No Soggy Bottom – Pop a baking tray into the oven for heat up whilst you’re sorting the pastry. As soon as you have the pastry in the pie tin, pop it on the hot tray and whip it straight into the oven.
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What Should You Serve With Beef Pie?
This beef pie recipe is an all in one meal as it already contains meat and vegetables and the pastry provides the carbohydrates.
If you want to serve it with some side dishes then here are some ideas you can try:
- Mashed potato – creamy, buttery mashed potato would soak up the gravy nicely.
- Chips – Chunky chips are a great accompaniment to pie.
- Vegetables – A pile of steamed greens would taste lovely with this rich pie.
- Warm bread – slices of crusty warm bread slathered with butter to dunk in the meat juices.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are lots of little changes you can make to this beef pie recipe if you want to customise it.
- Meat – This recipe uses stewing beef chunks. You could use minced beef, or any other kind of meat like pork, chicken or lamb. If you want to make a vegetarian version of this pie you could add more vegetables, or use a meat replacement like Quorn mince.
- Vegetables – You can add whatever vegetables you like to this pie – peas, broccoli, spinach, sweetcorn, parsnip. You could choose some seasonal vegetables or whatever you have that needs using up.
- Herbs – This is quite a simple recipe with the rich beef providing the main flavour. You could experiment with different herbs to create some alternative flavours. Rosemary or thyme could work well, or you could go down an Italian route with some basil and oregano.
- Wine – If you want a richer flavour, add a few glugs of red wine to the fried beef when you add the onions and carrots. Let the wine reduce before you add the rest of the liquid.
- Pastry – This recipe uses a puff pastry lid, but you could use shortcrust pastry if you prefer. If you have the time, you could even make your own pastry from scratch.
- Potato Topping – You could also ditch the pastry all together and top your filling with a layer of mashed potato. And cheese, if you really want to treat yourself.
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