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Beef & Guinness Pies

Beef & Guinness Pies


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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Serves: 4


These single serving beef pies are perfect for those cold winter nights or at Christmas in front of a roaring fire.

The beef is braised in creamy rich Guinness beer and onions for several hours until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Divide it equally between 4 small oven-proof bowls, top with puff pastry and bake for 25 minutes.

These almost make winter tolerable.


2 TBL all-purpose flour
2 lb boneless beef chuck cut in 1" chunks
2 TBL vegetable oil
1 large onion cut coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
3 TBL water
1.5 TBL tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1 cup chilled Guinness beer (no foam)
1 TBL Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp peppercorns crushed
2 thyme sprigs
1 sheet puff pastry
1 large egg
1 TBL water to make egg wash


1. Preheat your oven to 350F.

Mix together the flour with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

Dredge the 1" cubes of beef in the flour and set aside on a plate.

If you run out of flour just add more.

2. Heat the oil in a large oven-proof pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is very hot begin browning the beef cubes (in 3 or 4 small batches) on all sides.

Don't overcrowd the pot with the beef.

If you begin to run out of oil just add a bit more as you go.

Once the cubes are browned and seared transfer them to a bowl.

3. Add the onion, garlic and water to the pot and cook, stirring and scraping up the cooked brown bits until the onion is cooked.

Continue to add a bit of water if the pot dries out and the brown bits don't release easily from the pot.

Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for about a minute.

Add the beef back to the pot along with the broth, beer, worchestershire sauce, peppercorns and thyme.

Stir and bring to a simmer.

Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours, stirring once after 1 hour.

4. Once the beef is cooked and tender remove it from the oven and let it cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

5. Raise the temperature of the oven to 425F.

Spray each bowl with cooking spray and divide the beef mixture evenly between the bowls.

Cut the 12" x 12" pastry sheet into equal quarters.

Make an egg wash by beating 1 egg and adding 1 TBL of water to the beaten egg.

Brush a 1" border of egg wash around each of the 4 pastry pieces.

Invert a piece of pastry over the top of one of the bowls and slightly press down onto the beef mixture.

Brush the top of the pastry with some of the egg wash.

Repeat with the remaining 3 bowls.

6. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 425F for 20 minutes.

Reduce the temperature after 20 minutes to 400F and continue cooking another 5 minutes so the pastry browns up.


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star_onstar_offstar_offstar_offstar_offDarrMarr says:

Is there a list of ingredients somewhere?


tasteofBBQ says:

I've no idea where the ingredients went but I've put them back in.

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