Entered for ZWT. By Australian chef Brigitte Hafner. Very English dish, but updated. Gravy beef is beef shin, also called diced beef; it is tougher and less expensive than chuck beef. If you can't find gravy beef, you can use stew meat. If you feel rich, indulge in blade steak. If you opt for refrigerated pie crusts, the secret is to brush it first with egg white and refrigerate for 10 minutes before putting in the filling (it keeps the pie crust from getting soggy). Most of the preparation time is for preparing the pie crust after the filling has completed, allowing the filling to cool off.