Steak and Cheese Pies

  • For the Filling
  • 1kg stewing steak, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 500ml beer or stout (your favourite beer)
  • 500ml good quality beef stock
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 4 thick slices of mature cheddar cheese (roughly 40g a slice)
  • Salt & pepper
  • For the Pastry
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 125g butter, chilled cut into 1cm cubes
  • 50ml sour cream
  • Beaten egg yolk, for brushing

An Aussie version of the classic, this pie is traditionally enjoyed with a dollop of tomato sauce, and a cold beer. A generous hunk of cheddar cheese creates a deliciously oozy centre, with thick chunks of beef stewed until tender in an ale gravy.

1. In a medium bowl place the beef, onion, garlic, thyme, a pinch of pepper and the beer. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24hrs.

2. Next day, take the beef out of the bowl, reserving the marinade. Pat dry the beef and season well. In a heavy based pan with a lid, heat some oil to a high heat and fry off the beef in batches (do not over-crowd the pan), until brown all over.

3. Add the beer/stout marinade and the beef stock, bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and gently cook with the lid on for 2-3 hrs or until very tender but not falling apart.

4. Carefully strain the stock through a sieve into a clean saucepan, reserving the beef.

5. Reduce the stock until thickened to a gravy-like consistency. Add the beef, stir and allow to cool, then refrigerate until needed.

6. To make the pastry, place the flour and salt into a food processor, add the butter and combine to a breadcrumb consistency, then add the sour cream and quickly combine till a dough forms. Do not over mix. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and chill for at least 1 hour.

7. When ready to assemble the pies, preheat the oven to 180°C.

8. Fill 4 individual pie dishes with the beef filling, then place a cheese slice on top of each.

9. Divide the pastry into 4 and roll into circles/ovals 10mm thick, making sure they overlap each pie dish. Top with a circle of pastry, seal and crimp the edges, then trim around the sides to neaten if needed. Brush pastry with the egg yolk and prick the top with a knife. Bake for about 20-25 minutes till the pastry is golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Kenwood's Around the World in 80 Plates

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