Thursday, 1 November 2012

Guinness 'Cow Pie'

I first had a pie like this on my first trip to Belfast in a restaurant called Made in Belfast. I instantly fell in love, came home, reported the heavenly meal I had eaten to my Mom so we could try and reproduce it. This recipe has been tried, tested, tweaked and improved and this is the final result. This is a firm favourite at home for dinner parties, served in individual dishes. It's also the perfect winter warmer meal. This dinner is definitely in my top 10 favourite dinners.  

Guinness 'Cow Pie'  

Serves 6 people

1200g Round steak
3 onions
1 ½  tbsp. flour
1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar
500mls Guinness
1 ½ tbsp. English mustard
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 sprig of thyme
1 sprig of rosemary
2 bay leaves
5 medium carrots
400mls beef stock
1 tsp salt
Freshly milled black pepper
1 pack of roll out puff pastry

1.  Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a heavy casserole dish and brown the meat.  Remove from the heat         
     and set aside. Add the remaining oil and cook the onion and garlic gently over a medium 
     heat for about five minuets.
2.  Add the diced carrots and heat for about three minutes. Return the meat to the casserole 
     dish. Add the sugar and flour stir well. Add the Guinness and beef stock bring to simmering 
     point and then finally add the salt pepper and herbs.
3.  Cover the casserole dish and place in a preheated oven at 150C and cook for 4 hours.
     Ensure the casserole is seasoned well and that the meat is tender before placing in 
     individual pie dishes.
4.  Roll out the puff pastry and cover each individual pie. Cook in a preheated oven 190C for 20       
     minutes or until the pastry has risen   

E-D's Notes 
- To achieve the lovely scalloped edges on the pastry, use you index and middle finger with a  
   knife as shown in the pictures below.
- You can make the casserole itself before hand and then assemble everything at a later stage. 
  The casserole will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days or alternatively freezes very well.
- If you have any questions about ingredients or putting this masterpiece together, leave me a 
  comment or send me an email.
- Aldi do great roll out pastry for just €1.29, you will need more than one packet for this recipe, 
  but is a cheaper alternative to branded pastries.
- I love cooking with Guinness! It's a really unique flavour and can be used in so many ways. If 
  you are looking for a sweet treat to continue with the Guinness theme, have a look at my 
  Guinness Brownies.

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