A great comforting recipe for a hearty beef pie using chuck steak with a fluffy and crispy potato crust.


  • For the Beef Filling

  • 800g (1lb 12oz) chuck steak, cut into 5cm cubes

  • salt and pepper

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 50g (2oz) unsalted butter

  • 3 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 600ml (1 pint) stout

  • 300 ml (½ pint) beef stock

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • For the Topping

  • 350g (12oz) potatoes, peeled

  • 25g (1oz) butter


  • For the topping:

  • 1.

    Cook the potatoes for 10 mins until starting to soften.

  • 2.

    Drain & cool under cold running water then coarsely grate.

  • For the filling:

  • 1.

    Melt the butter in a small pan or in the microwave.

  • 2.

    Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3.

  • 3.

    Season the beef with salt & pepper.

  • 4.

    Heat the oil & butter in a heavy based pan. As soon as it's smoking, add the meat & brown on all sides. Remove & set aside.

  • 5.

    Add the onions to the pan & brown them lightly in the fat from the meat.

  • 6.

    Add the thyme & stir to combine. Remove the onions & set aside.

  • 7.

    Add the flour to the pan & stir over a low flame until a dark gold roux has formed.

  • 8.

    Pour in the beer & the stock, add a pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, sugar & vinegar. Bring to the boil, stirring all of the time & simmer over a low flame for 15 mins.

  • 9.

    Transfer all of the meat & onions into a large ovenproof dish & strain the sauce through a fine sieve over the mixture.

  • 10.

    Cover & place in the oven for 3 hours until the meat is tender & the sauce reduced & slightly thickened.

  • 11.

    Turn up the oven to 190°C/ gas mark 5.

  • 12.

    Sprinkle the grated potato over the meat filling & dot with butter.

  • 13.

    Place in the oven for 30 mins until the crust is nice & crispy.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 888kj
  • Fat Total 59g
  • Saturated Fat 25g
  • Protein 43g
  • Carbohydrate 37g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Sodium 1549mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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