Beef Guiness and Stilton Pie


Serves: 6


  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried English mustard
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 800g beef topside, cut into 1.5cm cubes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 375ml bottle Guinness
  • 1 ½ cups (375ml) beef stock
  • 80g stilton cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped sage
  • 445g pack Carême sour cream shortcrust pastry, thawed
  • 375g pack Carême all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze


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Heat half the oil in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add onion, carrot and celery, cook for 15 minutes or until onion is soft. Increase heat to medium-high, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are golden. Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.

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Place the flour, mustard, salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl, stirring until well combined. Toss the beef in the seasoned flour until well coated.

Add remaining oil to the pan and place over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in batches, to prevent it from stewing. Return the browned beef and vegetables to the pan, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

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Pour over the Guinness and beef stock, stirring to combine and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 50 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add the stilton, thyme and sage, stirring until the cheese has melted, allow mixture to cool.

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

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Roll the sour cream shortcrust pastry to a thickness of 3mm and cut 6 x 16cm rounds to line the bottom of the pie tins. Evenly divide the cooled beef mixture between the six pie cases. Brush the edges with the egg glaze.

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For the pie tops, roll the all butter puff pastry to a thickness of 2.5mm and cut 6 x 13cm rounds. Cover each pie with a pastry round, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Cut an air hole in the top of each pie and brush pie tops with egg glaze.

Place pies on a baking tray, bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until pastry is cooked and golden.

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