Beef in Guinness Pie

Tony Dunn's simple but extremely tasty recipe for this traditional Irish dish
Beef in Guinness Pie
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  • Serves: 6
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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 115 g plain flour
  • black pepper
  • 900 g stewing steak, cubed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 stick celery
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 800 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 600 ml Guinness
  • 225 g button mushrooms
  • 750 g puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten


1. Season the flour with salt and freshly ground pepper. Coat the stewing steak in the seasoned flour. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

2. In batches, fry the beef until browned. Using a slotted spoon transfer to a casserole dish. Re-heat the frying pan and fry the onion, garlic and celery for 5-10 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the onion mixture, carrots and parsnips to the casserole.

3. Add chopped tomatoes, Guinness and mushrooms. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring now and then.

4. Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Divide the beef stew among 6 small individual pie dishes. Roll out the pastry and top each pie dish with a puff pastry lid, wetting the rims of the pastry dish with water to help the pastry to stick.

5. Brush the pies with beaten egg and cut a slash in each one. Bake for 45 minutes until the pies are golden-brown. Serve.

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