Puff pastry minced beef pie
Skill level: Bit of effort
This is a traditional Scottish dish combines lean minced beef mixed with carrots and onions and is baked in a gloriously light puff pastry pie – also known as a Scottish mince round. It takes 1 hour to cook and is well worth the wait with a delicious meaty, beef stock infused flavor and a crisp, buttery pastry that will certainly fill you up. Serve with homemade gravy and fresh greens such a broccoli florets and peas. This pie is sure to keep the whole family happy on a cold winter’s day.
- 1-2tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 carrot scrubbed, trimmed and finely chopped
- 500g lean beef steak mince
- 1tbsp flour
- 300ml beef stock
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 320g sheet ready-made puff pastry
- Beaten egg to glaze
Look out for sheets of ready rolled puff pastry; it means you don’t have to get out your rolling pin from the back of the drawer or get your work surface covered in flour!
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan add the onion and carrots and cook from about 5 minutes or until softened but not coloured. Add the beef to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, until the meat has browned.
- Stir in the flour and cook for about a minute stirring, then add the beef stock. Bring the meat mix slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer gently for about 20 mins. If the mix is becoming too thick add a splash more stock.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 5 minutes, then turn the meat mixture into a 1 litre oven proof dish.
- Meanwhile take the pastry out of the fridge as instructed on the packet – about 10 mins before using. Brush the pastry rim with water. Gently drape the pastry over the dish, pressing firmly onto the edges, and tuck in the excess. Pinch the rim with your fingers or the prongs of a fork.
- Make several slits in the top of the pastry to allow the steam to escape, then brush the pie with beaten egg to glaze and bake in the oven for 20-30 mins, or until the pie is golden brown, the meat is bubbling and the pastry is cooked through.