I have always loved meat pies! I remember being excited when there was leftover roast beef because I knew we would have beef pot pie the next day.
I am not sure why the meat pie the tastes better than the lovely roast beef but maybe, its the crust topping or maybe, the flavors have more time to marry. Either way I would rather have the meat pie than the roast!
So here is a nice option to celebrate St. Patrick's day with a rich meat pie, seasoned with Guinness Lager and topped with a traditional Irish soda bread.
But you really don't have to wait for St Paddy's Day to enjoy this rich dish!
Steak and Guinness Pie with Irish Soda Bread Topping
For the Meat Filling
- 1 1/2 pounds of lean steak, cut into bite size cubes
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 carrot, diced
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1- 11.2 oz bottle of Guinness Lager
- 1- 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cups of beef stock
For the Bread Topping
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons butter,chopped into pieces
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of buttermilk
Instructions for the Meat Filling
1. Salt and pepper the steak cubes, drop into a large plastic storage bag, add flour, seal and shake until well coated.
2. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or large pot. Add meat and stir gently until all sides are brown. Add onions, carrots and potatoes and rosemary, cook until onions are soft, stirring as needed. Add the tomatoes, Guinness Lager, tomato paste, water and beef stock, heat to boiling.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed. Cook until veggies are tender and sauce has reduced to a thick gravy.
4. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
5. Pour the meat and veggie mixture into a 9 X 9 casserole dish.
6. Make the Irish Soda Bread Topping (below)
For the Bread Topping
1. Mix all dry ingredients, add butter and cut into the mixture using a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
2. Add buttermilk and stir until moist.
3. Drop spoonfuls of Irish soda bread dough on top of the meat mixture in the 9 X 9 casserole dish.
4. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes until bread is golden brown.
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A gorgeous pan of Steak and Guinness Pie with Irish Soda Bread Topping!
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