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Steak, Mushroom and Guinness pie

Tonight is the big premier league game between Manchester United & Manchester City – it’s a potential title decider. Tensions are running high. I can feel the electricity running through my husband’s head so I decided to bake a good old steak, mushroom and Guinness pie to make him happy! It’s the perfect football meal, served with a potato salad. Win, lose or draw, this dish won’t let him down!

Ingredients (for eight slices)

800 grs steak trimmed and cubed 3cm
1 large onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (chopped)
1 chopped carrot (chopped)
1 bay leaf
A dash of thyme
200 grs coarsely chopped large white mushrooms pre-fried in 15 grs butter
400 ml beef stock
200 ml Guinness beer
40 grs flour
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg yolk for glazing pastry

Pastry

2 X 230 grs puff pastry ready-rolled sheet

Pre-heat oven 180° celsius

In a large pan, brown the cubed steak for 5 minutes or until brown on all sides, add the flour and stir well. In another pan, fry the onion and garlic until golden, then add the chopped carrots, thyme and bay leaf for 10 minutes on a low heat. Deglaze with the Guinness beer and Worcestershire sauce and reduce till it becomes thick and glossy. Add to the big beef pan, add the beef stock on cook on a low-heat for 2 hours. Add the pre-fried (in butter) mushrooms 15 minutes before the end. It’s very important to let the beef cool down before pouring in the pastry.

Roll out the pastry and line your pastry dish. Pour the beef mixture (make sure it’s cool) in the pie dish. Cover with your second pastry disc and seal together by pressing firmly on the side of the dish with your thumbs. Cut off excess pastry dough and re-roll to create 8 leaves to decorate the pie (8 is my lucky number). You can use a knife and cut out leaf-shaped figures and using the tip of the knife, draw the lines of a leaf. Finally, brush the pie with the egg yolk to give it a nice golden hue in the oven. One last thing, take a stick and prick the centre of your pie – so your pie won’t puff up from the middle.

Cook approx 30 minutes – it’s always good to check during the last five minutes – all ovens have different strength.

Chicken & Ham Pie

 

There’s something about pies that’s so old school, so cozy and most of all so delicious. I always envied kids in old movies having a wholesome pie served for dinner at the table. So now and then, I love baking a good old-fashioned pie and the kids love this one in particular.

Ingredients:

400 grams chicken breasts, cooked and cooled
200 grams chopped ham
200 grams frozen peas
80 grams butter
70 grams flour
1 bay leaf
a pinch of thyme
1 cube chicken stock
600 ml milk
half a glass of wine (optional)
Coarse salt and pepper

Pastry:
2x 230 grams sheets of puff pastry (I use Herta)

Cook the chicken breasts in the boiling salted water, add a pinch of dried thyme, pepper and a bay leaf. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Place aside and let the breasts cool, then slice them approx. 2 cm.

Chop the ham, and put the frozen peas in the left-over water of the chicken to thaw for a couple of minutes. Drain and set aside.

Pre-heat your oven 190°c.

For the bechamel pie sauce, melt the butter in a casserole, and gradually add the flour and the milk with a whisk on medium heat. Crumble in the cube of chicken stock. It should become thicker and thicker. By now you can add the half glass of wine – (this is optional). Lower the heat and stir firmly and quickly until desired thickness. Set aside and leave to cool in a bowl.

While all ingredients are cooling off, you can prepare the pastry. I love to make a home-made pastry, but when I don’t have the time, I am very satisfied with the ones I buy from the supermarket (in my case Herta). Line your pie dish with the first pastry sheet. Mix all the cooled ingredients for the pie filling together and spoon in the pie dish. Cover with your second pastry disc and seal together by pressing firmly on the side of the dish with your thumbs. Cut off excess pastry dough and re-roll to create 8 leaves to decorate the pie. You can use a knife and cut out leaf-shaped figures and using the tip of the knife, draw the lines of the leaf (see pic). Finally, brush the pie with the egg to give it a nice golden hue in the oven. One last thing, take a stick and prick the centre of your pie – so your pie won’t puff up from the middle.

Cook approx 20 minutes – it’s always good to check during the last five minutes – all ovens have different strength.

I usually serve this with a spinach and pine-nut salad or a Piedmontese salad (see recipes).

Makes 8 generous slices.