Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie
 
This is great to prepare ahead for a family feast, after a bracing walk or watching the Rugby. Go Chiefs!
 
1.5 kg lean braising steak, excess fat trimmed off, cut into fat cubes
2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned with sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
Rapeseed or other flavourless oil
1 large or 2 smaller onions, peeled, halved and sliced
200ml beef stock made from half a cube or homemade
150 ml Hanlons Port Stout – use the rest for the recipe below or Chef’s treat!
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
A 375 or 450 g pack of all butter puff pastry
1 small or medium egg, lightly beaten
Sea salt and freshly milled pepper for seasoning to taste
 
Preheat the oven to 160 C Gas Mark 3.
 
Toss the beef cubes in the seasoned flour. Heat a good slug of oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat in batches, adding oil as you go. Do not crowd the pan or the meat will steam and not brown. Transfer the browned meat to a large casserole dish.
 
Add some more oil to the pan and sweat the onions with generous seasoning until soft. Stir in any leftover flour and cook off for a minute or two, stirring from time to time. Slowly add the stock and the stout, stirring in any caramelised bits, until smooth. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes. . Check for seasoning before pouring over the beef, stirring, covering and cooking on the oven for 2 hours. Transfer to a large pie dish and cool completely.
 
PREHEAT OVEN TO 220 C Gas Mark 7.
 
Roll your pastry out quite thickly to cover the dish with some overhang and bits for decorating if you wish. Place some dampened strips of pastry brushed with water around the rim of the pie dish. Lower the pie lid over the pie and stick down or crimp the edges to seal. Make a slit in the top for steam to escape and decorate with scraps of pastry if you wish. Just before placing in the hot oven brush on the beaten egg as an egg wash to make the pie shiny and golden. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes then lower the oven to 190 C Gas Mark 5. Bake for another 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling under the pastry. Allow to stand for a few minutes and Enjoy!