Welcome to British Pie Week!
Meat pies have been a popular part of British cuisine since around the 12th Century. From March 7 to 13, 2022 we celebrate all things pie, from sweet to savory.
This is the perfect time to learn about British pie, try new pies, or even make a new British pie. We can help get you started with this updated version of our steak pie recipe
- 1 lb beef, cut into cubes or chunks. I used pre-cut stew meat and cut it into even smaller pieces.
- 1 onion or leek
- 1/2 lb of white potatoes
- 2 cups of beef stock
- 1 package of pre-made pie crust.
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil such as vegetable oil
- ¼ cup to ½ cup of flour
- 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a separate bowl, put the flour in it and coat the chunks of beef in it.
Heat up your pan with the oil in it and add the flour-coated beef. Let the beef brown on all sides if you can and set aside.
Once you are done browning the beef, add the beef back in along with the beef stock or broth. Let it simmer for a good 10-15 minute
In the meantime, peel and dice both the potatoes and onion/leek. Using a separate pan, add a tablespoon of butter or cooking oil and saute the onion until it’s translucent.
Add the diced potatoes to the simmering beef and continue to simmer for 10-15 more minutes. The stock/broth should be thickening thanks to the flour that the beef was coated in.
While the meat and potatoes simmer set out the pie crusts and let them sit out for about 15-20 minutes. Once the crusts have warmed up a bit, roll them both out and place one crust on the pie pan.
When the meat and potatoes filling is nice and gravy-like, turn off the stove and let it cool slightly so the sauce can thicken a bit more. Next, take a large spoon or ladle and start to fill the pie pan. When it’s filled to capacity, use some egg wash and brush the edges using a pastry brush. Place the other crust on top of it and seal the edges shut. You can also press the edges closed using a fork. If there is any excess dough, you can use a knife to cut it off.
Dip your pastry brush in the egg wash and brush the top of the pie.
Finally, place the pie on a cookie sheet and place it in the hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
Once the pie is finished cooking, let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy with some HP sauce and seasoned vegetables.
Coincidentally, the day after British Pie Week ends is Pi Day so you get an extra day to celebrate pie! Use this time wisely!