Footie steak & ale pie

6 Apr

Today, I felt really, really happy!! Even more happy than normal – sun, birds singing, lots of little pictures of my ever-improving little new garden 🙂 It is safe to say that today I truly was a desperate housewife! Woke up, made coffee, put the washing in, cleaned the house, hung the washing. Yup, then I walked down the street, bought flowers from the Bon Fleur flower shop and came home starting to plan my attack on the weeds! So, after a few scrapes and cuts, it was done and my plants were planted! What a cute, pretty sight! So some of the pictures that were in my mind formed itself in my little garden 🙂

Now it was time to make some happy, comfort food for the man – this is after I heard that there was a big football game on tonight. So I made him something that would make him feel very calm, and fill up his tummy and his mind with happy thoughts! This is now a test to see if it will keep him from getting too worked up while watching the footie!! So lets hold thumbs!!

As I am sitting here on the couch next to him, while writing this, he has stayed calm… , wait, or not! Just heard a scream!!! So, that’s a no then. Hmm. No sugar for this man tonight!! Maybe I should try and hide the coffee machine? Caffeinne cant be good when watching soccer? He would lose his mind! Ok, enough of the small talk, here we go with the recipe!!

1 pack of shortcrust pastry or puff pastry

1 egg

1/2 onion roughly chopped

7 mushrooms cut into slices

2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

1 tablespoon of butter

1 bottle of ale or beer ( I used Stella Artois)

350g beef goulash or stewing steak

2  1/2 tablespoons of gravy granules

1 teaspoon of sugar

handful of fresh thyme

Start rolling out your pastry, drizzle a bit of flour to prevent it from sticking to your rolling pin. Now either place them in individual small baking cups, or you can make one big pie in a big dish. Remember to grease your cups / pie dish. When placing them, allow enough space to hang over – this you will fold closed after putting in your filling.

Now get a bowl and put your cut pieces of steak in it and pour over your ale / beer. Leave to marinate while you are busy with the other ingredients. Add butter to a heated pan and the garlic. Now add the onion and fry until glassy.

Then you will add your mushrooms. Fry till almost done. Now get back to your steak that has been marinating in the beer. Take them out of the bowl and squeeze out the beer fluid. Make sure you squeeze this fluid over the bowl that the meat was marinating in, because you will use this. Now add it to the pan with the mushrooms and onion. Fry until almost browned and then add your gravy granules.

Mix through so that it dissolves slightly. Now add your beer / ale and mix gently. This will start to thicken, so you need it to simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Now add your sugar and thyme and mix through thoroughly so that the sugar dissolves in the sauce.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Scoop your filling into your pastry cups / dish. Now, fold over the overhanging pieces to that they look like a little blanket 🙂

Take your egg and brush each one – this will allow them to go smiley and golden 🙂 Bake them in your oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. This really is lovely, you can still taste a bit of the beer/ ale and it really is hearty added with the gravy. I served it up with a cucumber, chive, tomato and romaine lettuce salad. Serve up with whatever you feel like 🙂


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