On our first afternoon in London we visited Taylor & Walker’s Silver Cross Whitehall Pub located in the heart of London right off of Trafalgar Square. We were so excited to eat our first ‘English’ meal! We chose a British Classic – Steak & Ale Pie. They describe this pie on the menu as “A British classic with a Taylor Walker spin! 100% British beef, slow cooked in our rich 1730 pale ale gravy encased in crisp pastry. Served with mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy.” Each pie was individually sized and so hearty and flavorful…
When we got home this classic made it to this week’s menu. A larger pie feeds a whole family. Everyone thought it tasted rich & hearty. The end result: Delicious!
British Classic Steak & Ale Pie
1 lb chuck steak, cut into 1″ cubes
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
2 yellow onions, diced thick
2 large carrots, peeled & cut into thick rounds
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
12 oz. Pale Ale beer (your choice)
1/2 cups beef stock
2 ready-to-bake 9″ pie crusts
Heat oven to 300 °F. Sprinkle steak with flour & salt. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add floured chuck steak cubes and sauté about 4 minutes until beef is browned. Remove beef and place in a bowl. To the skillet, add a tablespoon oil; toss in the onion, carrots & garlic and sauté 8 minutes; sprinkling with salt, pepper & thyme.
Add the browned beef back into the skillet and combine with the vegetables. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well. Pour in the Pale Ale and then the beef broth. Place the entire skillet in the heated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, cover the skillet with aluminum foil and place back into the oven for 1 1/2 hours until beef & vegetables are tender and the broth is savory. Remove from oven. Taste and season with additional salt & pepper if desired. Adjust oven to 400 °F.
Unroll one of the ready-to-bake pie crusts and press into a 9″ pie plate that has been greased or sprayed with cooking spray. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the steak & ale mixture into the pie crust; reserving the sauce to make a rich gravy. Top the pie with the second pie crust and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until nicely browned. While pie is baking, prepare mashed potatoes. Five minutes before pie is ready, prepare the Ale gravy. Strain the steak & ale sauce. In a small saucepan, melt one tablespoon butter. Stir in one tablespoon flour. Pour in the strained steak & ale broth and whisk to combine well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one minute.
Remove Steak & Ale Pie from the oven. Slice & serve with the mashed potatoes and the rich Steak & Ale gravy!
Each piece is filled with hearty meat, tender onions & carrots.
Enjoy every single bite of this Classic British meal!!
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