Beef, Stilton and ale pie Recipe

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20 min


1 hr 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 729 kCal 36%
Fat 42g 60%
  -  Saturates 18g 90%

Full of lovely rich flavours, this beef, Stilton and ale pie is perfect for cold evenings. Made using ready-made puff pastry, it only takes 20 mins to prepare


  • 250g ready-made puff pastry (half a packet of Jus-Rol All-Butter Puff pastry)
  • Beaten egg, to glaze
  • For the filling
  • :
  • 3 tbsps plain flour, seasoned
  • 600g (1¼lb) braising steak (chuck steak or shin of beef), cut into large cubes
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 300ml (½ pint) stout (we used Guinness)
  • 150ml (¼ pint) hot beef stock
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100g (3½oz) Stilton
  • You will also need
  • :
  • 900ml-1.25 litre (1½-2 pint) capacity pudding bowl or pie dish


  • To make the filling: Put the seasoned flour in a large bowl or bag. Add the beef and coat it well. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan and cook the beef in 2 batches for 3-4 mins, until browned all over. Transfer it to a casserole dish. Set the oven to or 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3

  • Add the onion and garlic and another tablespoon of the oil to the pan and cook them for 5 mins until softened.

  • Pour in the stout and stock. Bring to the boil and add the sugar and bay leaf. Stir, then pour over the meat. Cover and cook in the oven for 1½ hours. Take out and leave to cool, if you have time.

  • Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly-floured surface to at least 5cm (2in) larger than the top of the bowl. Cut out a round, then score it. Spoon the meat mixture into the bowl and add pieces of Stilton. Wet around the top of the dish, place a collar of pastry around, made from trimmings, and then put on the lid. Seal the edges well, tuck the excess pastry under the rim. Brush with beaten egg. Place on a baking sheet, below the centre of the oven, and bake for 45-50 mins, until the pastry is golden.

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