Steak and stout 'pies' with smashed peas
Beef chuck steak, raw
850 g, (buy 1.1kg) cut into 2cm pieces
1 medium, finely chopped
½ cup(s), (125ml)
Reduced-fat puff pastry
1 sheet(s), just thawed
Fresh green peas
2 cup(s), (240g)
1 tbs, (1 sprig)
Reduced fat oil spread
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook beef, turning, in 3 batches, for 3–4 minutes or until browned and using the same amount of oil for each batch. Transfer to a plate.
- Heat remaining oil in same pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 4 minutes, or until softened. Add flour and paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Return beef to pan with stout and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Add mushrooms and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until beef is tender and sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C or 180°C fan-forced. Cut pastry into 6 even rectangles. Using a small sharp knife, lightly score a diamond pattern into pastry (don't cut all the way through). Lightly spray a baking tray with oil. Place pastry on prepared tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.
- Boil, steam or microwave peas and mint until just tender. Drain and discard mint. Coarsely mash peas. Stir in spread and season with salt and pepper. Top beef mixture with pastry lids and serve with peas.