Beef and Stilton Pie | perfect comfort food

beef and stilton pie - mother's day

 

I’m sure it must be written somewhere that as the first autumn rain falls and the grey skies replace the blue it is time to enjoy a good old British pie.

For my second attempt at the #GreatBloggersBakeOff the theme is pies following the Great British Bake Off on BBC2, I have chosen a classic favourite of mine – Beef and Stilton pie with a few personal tweaks to the original recipe and I’ve also made it busy mum friendly aka ‘ready made puff pastry’. The flavours combine to give you a delicious burst in every mouthful. Enjoy!

I used my slow cooker to prepare the meat but it can be cooked on the stove in a casserole following the same method, just stir frequently and simmer for 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours until the beef is tender.

beef and stilton pie

Beef and Stilton Pie | perfect comfort food
 
A housewives recipe for beef and Stilton pie with truly scrumptious results, easy, quick and good for the whole family
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: British
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp seasoned flour, (salt, pepper, mustard powder, mixed herbs, paprika)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg braising steak, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 handful of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 can of beer – (I used Leffe this time)
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 75 g stilton cheese, crumbled
  • 500 g frozen puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, for glazing
Instructions
  1. Place your seasoned flour in a large bowl, add the cubed beef and coat on all sides
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef until browned all over. Add the meat to your slow cooker turned on high or casserole
  3. Return the frying pan to the heat and sweat the onions, garlic and mushrooms until soft. Add to the slow cooker or casserole.
  4. Add a generous handful of thyme and peppercorns to the slow cooker, add 1 can of beer and the beef stock, cover and cook on high for 2 hours followed by low for 3 hours or if using a casserole, simmer for 1 and ½ to 2 hours until the beef is tender.
  5. Strain off half of the cooking liquid and keep to one side to make a gravy for serving. Crumble the stilton onto the meat mix and stir until melted. Check the seasoning and set to one side to cool.
  6. Grease your pie dish ready. Dust your surface and rolling pin with flour. Using ⅔ of the pack for the base and the other ⅓ for the lid, roll out the base. Using the rolling pin to pick up the pastry base, transfer to the greased pie dish, make sure the pastry is not pulled but fits the dish well. Once satisfied, cut around the dish to tidy up making sure to leave a slight excess leaning over to account for any shrinkage.
  7. Fill the base with the beef and stilton mixture. Brush around the top of the pastry with beaten egg ready to seal the lid on. Roll out the top on a dusted surface and transfer to the pie using your rolling pin. Pinch along the edge to ensure the pie is sealed. Make a slit in the centre for the steam to escape and slash the top lightly to decorate.
  8. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining beaten egg. Bake in a pre-heated oven set to 200°C for about 25 mins until pastry is golden brown and filling is piping hot.
  9. Serve with mash, vegetables and gravy – using the remainder of your cooking sauce.

beef and stilton pie

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35 Comments

  1. September 11, 2013 / 7:42 AM

    You’re so right, pie is an ultimate comfort food once the weather cools and this pie looks delicious. This will be going into my file of “things I can eat once the baby is born”!

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:10 PM

      Is it the stilton that worries you? I would have thought the risk would have been eliminated with the high cooking temperatures? Anyway, better to be safe as they say. It’s weird the minute I was pregnant, the stuff I couldn’t eat was the stuff I really wanted to

      • September 12, 2013 / 8:15 PM

        No, unfortunately, its the pastry – it’s basically completely off the menu on a low GI eating plan :-(

  2. September 11, 2013 / 8:24 AM

    Ohhhhh Mari, that looks so delicious! I totally agree that Autumn is the time for pie, yum! xxx

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:09 PM

      I could eat pie all the time it’s my waistline that protests! Ha who cares, I’ll be making this one again for sure

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:08 PM

      Quick, we’re finishing it off tonight :)

  3. September 11, 2013 / 9:03 AM

    oh my, that does look like a very good pie…perfect for these cold days! thanks for joining in x

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:08 PM

      My pleasure, I love being part of our #GBBO :)

  4. September 11, 2013 / 10:24 AM

    That looks delicious, real comfort food and I love the decoration on top!

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:07 PM

      Ha! I’m not the best food presenter but even I can knock up a couple of leaves

  5. Jennypaulin
    September 11, 2013 / 3:25 PM

    mmmmmmm that looks so comforting on a chilly day! i used the slow cooker for my pie filling too (I made a savoury one too) as it does make the meat so tender. i wish i could add mushrooms to mine but sadly for me my OH cannot stand them!
    thank you for linking up Mari and I am so pleased you have been inspired to get back in the kitchen again :) x x

    • September 12, 2013 / 7:07 PM

      We’re having the rest for dinner tonight and my only mistake was to add too much sauce first time round but it still tastes really good. I’m very pleased with it

  6. Sarah Hall
    September 12, 2013 / 8:34 PM

    That looks and sounds delicious.

    • September 14, 2013 / 3:37 PM

      It was, is definitely on the list for a second running ;)

  7. Otilia
    September 13, 2013 / 8:50 PM

    Your pie looks amazing! i never got the guts to make one…i leave my hubby cook it every single time.
    pinned and tweeted #FridayFoodie

    • September 14, 2013 / 3:37 PM

      It’s actually quite easy – especially using ready made pastry Thanks for pinning and tweeting

  8. MummyBarrow
    September 14, 2013 / 1:48 PM

    This looks utterly stunning.

    Do you deliver?

    • September 14, 2013 / 3:38 PM

      Thanks …if only you were closer!

  9. Days Out Reviews
    September 14, 2013 / 2:48 PM

    Wow, that looks yummy!

    • September 14, 2013 / 3:38 PM

      Thank you, it was. I need to think of something else now as that one is all gone

  10. Aimee wallflowergirl.co.uk
    September 14, 2013 / 3:27 PM

    Can’t get much better than beef with stilton… am so craving this right now!

    • September 14, 2013 / 3:39 PM

      It’s the perfect combo for this time of year Aimee, go find some or better still make one!

  11. MultiLayerMummy
    September 14, 2013 / 9:38 PM

    Am not a pie eater but your pastry looks brilliant, love cheese in anything!

    • September 23, 2013 / 4:47 PM

      Thanks for the compliment, I am a huge cheese fan too

  12. September 14, 2013 / 10:57 PM

    Great combination of flavours – looks yummy! The filling looks quite wet. How was your bottom? ;)

    • September 15, 2013 / 10:43 AM

      Alas Emily my bottom was soggy, I added to much liquid to the filling which I won’t be doing next time, trust me. However it tasted wonderful and I’ll definitely be doing this one again

  13. Helen Sims The good life mum
    September 15, 2013 / 3:26 PM

    oh that looks like a heart warming meal i would love to eat

    • September 23, 2013 / 4:48 PM

      Thanks, it is one of my favourites and will definitely be doing it again soon

  14. September 15, 2013 / 8:33 PM

    Wow! That looks fab and the flavours sound right up Mr J’s street… I’ll be revisiting when I’m in need of brownie points!

    • September 23, 2013 / 4:48 PM

      Bookmark it! It’s perfect for the hungry Mr’s when they get home tired and fed up – promise

  15. Mummymakescakes
    September 16, 2013 / 12:23 AM

    Oh yum I love beef pies :) I may have to try a variant of this soon!

    • September 23, 2013 / 4:48 PM

      You won’t regret trying it I promise

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