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Beef Pie

When the Good Chef Bad Chef hosts combine bacon, mushrooms, onion and red wine – we know the recipe will be savory and absolutely delicious. Meat pies are a popular British dish and are the ultimate comfort food. While this recipe uses carrots and celery, it is easy to make your own and switch out vegetables with ones your family loves. Plus, the pie crust only needs 5 ingredients, meaning it’s easy for beginners to try out!  

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 pie
Difficulty: Medium


Suet pastry:

  • 700g plain flour, sifted
  • 350g suet, frozen
  • 1 tsp salt
  • up to 400 ml cold water
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten


Pie filling:

  • 500-600g rump or gravy beef, 1cm diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100g bacon, diced
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ Cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp rosemary leaves
  • ¼ Cup port
  • 3 Cup stock
  • ½ Cup red wine
  • 3 Tbsp corn flour, mixed to a slurry with a little water


Suet pastry:

  1. Grate the suet onto your work surface and sprinkle on about 100g of the flour
  2. Use a Swiss Diamond Carving Knife or a long, sharp knife to chop the suet with the flour; this prevents it from becoming sticky.
  3. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in the remaining flour and salt.
  4. Use your fingertips to rub the suet into the flour but leave it a little rough and lumpy; it helps it to rise.
  5. Add the water, a little at a time, until the mixture just comes together.
  6. Knead for 2-3 minutes, until elastic and springy.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.


Pie filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season the beef well with salt and pepper and massage in 2 Tbsp of extra vrigin olive oil.
  3. Heat a Swiss Diamond Saucepan over medium-high heat and brown the beef.
  4. In a Swiss Diamond Nonstick Fry Pan over medium-high heat, heat 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic, bacon, mushrooms, carrot, celery and bay leaves.
  5. Stir to coat in the oil and then add the rosemary and parsley.
  6. Cook for 5-8 minutes until everything sweats down.
  7. Add the onion mixture to the beef, then pour in the port, stock and red wine.
  8. Stirring continuously, pour in the cornflour slurry and stir until combined and thick.
  9. Pour the pie filling into a pie dish, and brush the edges with a little egg wash.
  10. On a floured bench, roll out the pastry to about 1/2" (1cm) thickness. Drape over the pie filling and press into the edges to stick.
  11. Trim the excess, leaving a few inches overhang. Brush the border with egg wash, then fold over the excess in 2cm increments to create a crimped border (this step is purely for presentation).
  12. Brush the entire surface with egg wash and cut a small hole in the centre of the pastry to allow for steam to escape.
  13. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

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