Monday, March 28, 2011

Steak and Guinness Pie

I had never had Steak and Guinness Pie.  In fact, I had never heard of it until my son-in-law was in a cooking contest and the ingredient that had to be in the recipe was Guinness Beer.  When my daughter told me he made Steak and Guinness Pie and won first place, my thought was how cool, what in the world in Steak and Guinness Pie.  I actually think she said Guinness Pie and I couldn't imagine beer pie!

Regardless, I read through numerous recipes and thought I knew what I was going to do until I saw Diane's post at 2 Stews.  Not only did her stew have beer, it had wine and beef broth.  I think that the wine smoothed out the gravy...oh, yes, it did!  I have never seen a recipe on Diane's blog that I didn't like!  You really must visit her.  She shares her many travels with her readers:  museums, antique shops, restaurants, recipes, you name it!  Stop by, you won't be disappointed.

I did alter the recipe just a little.  I had a tri-tip steak in the refrigerator so I used that instead of chuck roast and since I have never met a carrot that I didn't like, I added carrots to the mix.  I loved having mashed potatoes on the side.

Steak and Guinness Pie
adapted from 2 Stews

Yield:  About 6 cups; Serves 4-6

1 1/4 pounds tri-tip steak, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced

3-4 carrots, peeled, sliced
5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence or equivalent mixture of herbs
1 cup (8 ounces) Guinness Extra Stout beer
1 cup dry red wine
15 ounces beef broth
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter, softened
salt and pepper to taste
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen

Preheat oven:  400°

In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the beef and sear until it is brown on all sides. Add the chopped onion, mushrooms, and carrots lower the heat to medium and continue cooking until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are done. 

Stir in the garlic and cook about a minute more. Add the tomato paste, bay leaves and herbes de Provence, stirring until well blended. Pour in the beer, wine, and beef broth, stirring well. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for an hour to an hour and a half. The meat should be very tender.  Take off the cover and taste for richness. If it needs more flavor and reducing, simmer for a short while longer uncovered.

In a small bowl, work the flour into the butter to form a ball. Stir the butter/flour mixture well into the simmering stew to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. At this point you may cool the stew and refrigerate to use later. If serving right away spoon into a casserole or casseroles, and top with a layer of puff pastry. Brush the pastry with milk or beaten egg for added color, and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden brown. Serve with vegetables on the side.

Makes about 6 cups.
Serves 4-6.


This was such a lovely, flavorful meal.  The leftovers are great, too. 

We ate the whole thing!   It was amazing.

I am sending this to The Saturday Evening Pot for Make a Food-"e"-Friend Mondays!


  1. This is one of those comforting dishes that we all love!!!

  2. Wow, this looks REALLY good! My husband orders this out all the time as all the local pubs have it on their menu. I've never made it though. Looks fabulous!

  3. Oh my that looks so good! Definitely a keeper!

  4. Assuredly one of my husband's all time favorites!

    Yours looks absolument parfait!

  5. This looks fab! I made the Jamie Oliver version and this reminds me I have to have this dish again.

  6. This sounds so good. My husband made an Irish Beef Stew for St. Patrick's day with beer and red wine in it. But I think this sounds even better. I must try it.

  7. Oh my goodness, comfort food to the max! I would be a happy girl to sit down and eat a plate of that pie!

  8. It sounds really great, I dish my husband would too actually

  9. A great sounding dish and your plating is awesome.

  10. Total comfort food! I wish I was having this for dinner tonight.

  11. What an appetizing dish that is!

  12. Your crust is the perfect golden brown! So warm and comforting!

  13. Looks delicious for sure. I love crust on anything!

  14. I just had a Chicken with Guinness sandwich at an Irish pub last week and it was delicious. I know I'd like this, too!

  15. Oh Kate, I love seeing this! I have to admit I just had dinner and yet when I see your pics I want it!! I'm so glad you enjoyed my recipe. Yours looks so so delicious.

    Thanks for your wonderful comments :-)


  16. This looks and sounds soooo good! I love steak. Thanks for linking at
    Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday
    ! Hope you're having a great weekend.

  17. My kids love pastries and I've been trying to find something nice and special like this. Looks like it's easy to do yet it needs a lot of cooking time. And you made a wonderful dish out of leftovers. The steak is colorful and juicy. I love the presentation. Keep on blogging about amazing recipes!

    Liz Peters