You gotta hand it to that goofy bastard, he knows how to serve up some classic British cuisine. I can hardly stand to watch him talk (I googled the SNL spoof of him to no avail but trust me on this) but his steak and guinness recipe and new Food Revolution show together take him up a notch in my book. Plus, he has three daughters named Poppy, Daisy, and Petal. That's about the cutest thing I've ever heard.
He's the talk show foodie equivalent of Rachael Ray and, I'm sorry, you're all going to hate me, but she just kiiiiillllls me too. I'll look up her recipes but don't make me watch her show. She makes me squirm.
The whole dish was a last minute throw-together after I emailed Lovah about dinner plans. "Crockpot?" "How about steak pie?" "Steak whaa?" He must be homesick. If he requests steak pie it means we'll also be watching Fawlty Towers and having a cheese-and-biscuits supper.
Night photos don't do it justice but I can assure you it turned out gorgeous, flavorful, and oh so comforting. The beef tenderizes to the pull-apart quality, the portabellas provide a rich, fleshy bite, and the pastry a perfect flaky sweetness. I'll be adding this to my British dish repertoire and giving that Jamie guy a second chance.
Steak and Guinness Pie
Adapted from Jamie Oliver
1 lb beef brisket, cubed
2 sheets puff pastry (storebought)
2 large onions (I used one red and one yellow), peeled and chopped
sprig of rosemary
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
2 sticks celery, finely sliced
2 carrots sticks, peeled and sliced
1-2 portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 can Guinness beer
1 heaping tbsp flour
1-2 cups beef stock
2 handfuls of shredded cheese (I used white cheddar)
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Using a deep pot, saute onions on the stove top with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until slightly browned. Add in the garlic, butter, carrots and celery, and scatter in the mushrooms. (I cooked veggies first until somewhat tender, browned the beef on the side, then added beef to the veggie mix.)
3. Stir in the browned beef, rosemary, and some salt and pepper.
4. Add one can of Guinness. Stir in one heaping tablespoon of flour. Pour in beef stock to top off stew; liquid should not cover beef.
5. Cook at 350 degrees for 2 hours in oven-safe pot or bowl.
6. Remove stew filling from oven and stir in one handful of shredded cheese.
7. Line the bottom of a pie pan (or equivalent dish) with one sheet of puff pastry. Pour in the stew filling.
8. Sprinkle other handful of cheese over stew filling. Brush the outer edge of the puff pastry with egg wash and cover stew filling with second sheet of puff pasty, cinching at the edges. (You can pre-score this sheet or just cut vent holes like a normal pie.) Press around the edges so the top and bottom sheets seal together. Brush top with egg wash.
9. Bake pie in oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Serve with peas for the true Brit experience :)