Beef and Stilton Pie

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins




  • Use the pastry to line a medium sized oven proof pie dish.
  • For the pie filling, place the beef, garlic, thyme, peppercorns and ale into a bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Remove the beef from the marinade, pat dry with kitchen paper and dredge in the seasoned flour. Strain the marinade through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the oil and 1 tbsp of the butter in a flameproof casserole dish and fry the beef in small batches for 2-3 minutes each time, or until browned all over. Once the meat is browned, remove from the casserole dish and set aside.
  • Return the casserole dish to the heat and fry the mushrooms and shallots for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.
  • Return the beef and the reserved marinating liquid to the casserole and add the beef stock. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 1½ hours, or until the beef is tender.
  • Strain off half of the cooking liquid from the casserole dish and set aside to make gravy for serving.
  • Crumble the Stilton into the casserole and stir until melted. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • Put the pie filling into the pie shell and top with a layer of pastry. -Remember to cut slits in the top and crimp the edges together, then glaze with beaten egg.
  • Cook for approx 40 mins until pastry is golden.
  • Place the reserved cooking liquid into a clean pan and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until reduced to a gravy consistency. Stir in the remaining tbsp of butter until melted, and the sauce is smooth and glossy. Keep warm.
  • Serve the pie with the gravy and veg (celeriac mash goes well).