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Beef and ale pie

8
7
7
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
3 hr
Prep
15 min
Cook
2 hr 45 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Moderate

Ingredients

Trimmed beef chuck steak

700 g, cut into chunks

Plain flour

1½ tbs

Brown onion

1 medium, thickly sliced

Carrot(s)

5 medium, cut into 2cm chunks

Mushrooms

250 g, cup variety, quartered

Beer, ale

½ cup(s), (125 ml), dark variety

Beef stock

600 ml

Fresh bay leaf

1 whole

Fresh thyme

1 tbs, (3 sprigs)

Fresh rosemary

1 tbs, 3 sprigs

Cornflour

1½ tsp

Vegemite spread

2 tsp

Egg(s)

1 medium, lightly beaten

Reduced-fat puff pastry

145 g, (170g with 15% discarded), just thawed

Broccolini

200 g

Snow peas

200 g

Oil spray

2 x 3 second spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Toss beef and flour together in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Lightly spray a large non-stick saucepan with oil and heat over medium heat. Cook beef for 5 minutes or until brown (you may need to do this in batches). Transfer to a plate.
  2. Lightly spray same pan with oil. Cook onion, carrots and mushrooms, stirring, for 7-8 minutes or until soft. Return beef to pan with its juices. Add ale, stock, bay leaf and herbs. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Place cornflour in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of the liquid from pan. Whisk in vegemite, then stir into pan. Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove and discard bay leaf and herbs.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C. Transfer stew to a 1.5 litre (6-cup) deep baking dish. Brush edges of dish with egg and cover with pastry, pressing it to sides of dish and crimping edges with a fork. Trim off and discard excess, then cut three slits in top of pastry using a sharp knife. Brush egg all over. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until pastry is golden.
  5. Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave broccolini and snow peas until just tender. Serve with pie.

Notes

Tip: The pie filling can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.