This dish is hearty and full of flavour perfect for the cold weather !
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
8 hrs 15 mins
Yields: 3-4 servings
600g diced beef
1-2 carrots peeled and grated (if you serving as a casserole and not a pie no need to grate carrot just slice it)
2-3 small mushrooms diced
1x brown onion peeled and diced
1/2 cup corn flour
4tbs tomato sauce
2tbs Worcestershire sauce
1x cup of beer
2x cups of beef stock
3tsp minced garlic
2x bay leaves
Salt and pepper
3 sheets of puff pastry
Your favourite gravy powder (I love using Brown Onion Gravox Powder for this dish)
1Coat beef with corn flour and using a sauté pan with a little oil cook in batches, you just want to brown the beef slightly.
2Place all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low or until beef is really tender.
3Preheat oven to 180 deg (You will want to turn your oven on about an hour before your beef is ready)
4Prepare your pie dish by coating it with butter or oil.
5Place a sheet of pastry on the bottom of your dish if you have areas that are not filled use your other sheet of pasty to fill it in.
6Using a fork prick the pastry in your dish all over.
7Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it and then using a pastry brush to coat your pastry.
8Place your dish into the oven to pre bake for 10 mins or until lightly golden.
9When your beef is almost ready thicken it with gravy powder. Use 3tsps of gravy powder and mix it with 3tbs of water pour it in your slow cooker mix well and repeat till sauce is lovely and thick.
10Take the bay leaves out of your slow cooker and spoon your beef casserole into your pre baked pie dish and cover with remaining pastry, brush the top with egg wash and bake again until its lovely, golden and crispy.
1Even if your not a beer drinker (like me) you will still enjoy this dish make sure you chose a beer you can at least tolerate the taste of I like to use Cascade Draught or Pure Blonde. The beer taste is very subtle and just gives it a nice flavour and also helps make your beef extra tender. You don't have to make a pie with this meal it tastes absolutely amazing as a casserole served with a good mashed potato.