October Recipe from Chef: Beef and Guinness Pie

October 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm (Willow Writers)

As the leaves turn and fall, the temperature drops, and the daylight wanes, this recipe will give you a comforting homey feeling. – Chef Haberle 

Beef and Guinness Pie

Ingredients
2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ large onion, medium diced
2 large carrots, medium diced
2 celery stalks, medium diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1 cup Guinness Stout beer-let foam settle when measuring
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons drained brined green peppercorns, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough

Procedure
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut beef into 1 inch pieces, pat dry.

Stir together flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add beef, tossing to coat, then shake off excess and reserve.

Heat oil in a heavy pot over a medium flame until the oil is just smoking.

Brown meat in small batches so you don’t over crowd the pot which would inhibit browning.

Remove beef from pot. Add onions, celery, and carrots to pot and sauté till vegetables are al dente.

Add tomato paste, stirring the vegetables until they are coated. Continue to sauté for one minute then add the garlic.

De-glaze the pan with the Guinness beer.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, green peppercorns, and thyme along with the beef and any juices that accumulated.

Stir thoroughly, then transfer to a baking dish,( preferably a 12 inch round). Wrap the dish with plastic wrap then foil. Braise until beef is tender and sauce is thickened, about 1 ½ hours.

Cover the dish with thawed puff pastry,(follow package directions for thawing), crimping around the edges so it seals around the casserole dish.

Brush puff pastry with egg wash then cut slits in the pastry to allow steam to escape.

Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for thirty to forty minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Serves 4 to 6.

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