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Beef and Guinness Pie

Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6


  • 700 g stewing beef diced in 2 cm cubes
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 handful woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme, bay
  • 565 ml Guinness (a pint)
  • 800 g canned whole tomatoes
  • 500 g puff pastry
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Place the diced beef in a bowl and toss with the flour, salt and pepper until well coated.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan or dutch oven and brown the seasoned beef, in batches if necessary, until nicely browned.
  • Add in the onion and continue cooking for a minute or two before adding the other vegetables and herbs.
  • After a few minutes add the Guinness, use this to scrap any crusty bits off the bottom of the pan. Throw the tomatoes in and bring everything to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for about 2 hours until the meat is really tender and you have a lovely thick sauce.
  • Preheat your oven to 190°C.
  • Ladle the stew into your chosen pie dish (I used a large one, but small single serving dishes also work well).
  • Cut out the necessary shape from the puff pastry to put a lid(s) on your pie dish(es). Brush the egg wash around the edges before placing the lid on and squashing it down around the edges.
  • Lightly score a crisscross pattern with a knife on your pastry lid and then brush more egg wash over the top.
  • Place in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes until the puff pastry is lovely and golden.
  • Serve by itself or with some sides like steamed greens and mash.


Adapted from Happy Days with the Naked Chef
If you want to make any of this ahead, you can do the stew a day or 3 beforehand and chill until you want to chuck it in a pie dish and put a lid on it (actually tastes better after a day in my opinion).
This also works perfectly fine as a stew ladled over some lovely mash potato, just skip the last few steps (from preheating the oven).
This will also freeze really well, with or without the pastry. Just reheat in oven when you want it.
You can also cut down the time a bit by making the stew in a pressure cooker (have done this once). I used an instant pot, did the initial steps with the saute function and then pressure cooked it for 40 minutes after adding the tomato. If it still looks a bit runny after the pressure has been released (could be smarter than I was about how much liquid you initially put in), just chuck the saute function on again and reduce it down a bit (don't want a soupy pie).
Keyword Beef, Guinness, Pie