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Chunky Beef and Potato Pie

No matter what time of year, I enjoy having a slice of rustic meat pie.  There’s something so comforting about the warm, hearty filling and crisp golden pastry.  I invite you to make this lovely beef and potato pie with a stewed beef filling and a quick and easy pastry.

holding a plate of beef and potato pie with a fork

What type of pastry is used for meat pies?

Any type of pastry can be used for meat pies–except the sweet kinds, of course! 😊 The most popular choices are shortcrust pastry and puff pastry, but I’ve chosen hot water crust pastry to make a crunchy, rustic top to this beef and potato pie.  If you can’t decide between shortcrust and puff, use shortcrust for the base and sides of the pie plate, and use puff pastry for the top.  You’ll get a sturdier base with a lovely flaky top.

slice of beef and potato pie on a plate

How do I make a meat pie?

Measure out the ingredients and cut up the meat and vegetables.  Store the cut potatoes in water until needed so they don’t turn brown.

ingredients for beef and potato pie

Cook the onions in 2 tablespoons of butter until golden, then add the celery and carrots and cook a few minutes more.

some cooked veggies for beef and potato pie

Add the beef stock and chunks of beef and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is cooked and tender.

broth and meat added to the veggies for beef and potato pie

Stir in the seasonings, potatoes, and turnip and simmer for 35-40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and the gravy is thickened.  The waxier red potatoes will hold their shape well as they cook, while the fluffier russets will break down a little to thicken the juices.

cooked filling for beef and potato pie

Cover the filling with pastry and bake for 50 minutes at 400 F.  Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving.

baked beef and potato pie

Pro Tips for Making Meat Pies

  • Season the filling generously.  Most meat pie fillings are cooked before the pie is baked, so feel free to adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Let the filling cool before putting the pastry on top.
  • Use beaten egg to stick the pastry to the rim of the pie dish and to seal the pastry together.  Don’t forget to brush the pastry top with beaten egg to get a lovely color when the pie is baked.
  • Bake until the pastry is a deep golden brown.

Dinner will be delicious with one of these mouthwatering meat pies.

plate of corned beef pie with fork forkful of tortiere slice of ham and cabbage pie with forks

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Chunky Beef and Potato Pie


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: British

Description

Chunky beef and potato pie is a hearty comfort food dinner that the whole family will love.  Learn how to make super easy hot water crust pastry and a simple beef stew packed with onions and other veggies in this recipe.  Are you hungry yet?


Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1.2 lb chuck steak, cut in bite-sized pieces (550g)
  • 4 cups unsalted beef stock (946 ml)
  • 1.2 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut in bite-size chunks (550g)
  • 1.2 lb red potatoes, peeled and cut in bite-size chunks (550g)
  • 1 lb turnips, peeled and cubed (1 large and 1 medium; 411g)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

For the Hot Water Pastry

  • 1/2 cup water (118 ml)
  • scant 1/2 cup lard (90g)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (275g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten (for glazing)

Instructions

Making the Stewed Beef Filling (45 minutes + 1 1/2 hours cooking)

  1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until bubbling; then add the onions and cook until golden, stirring occasionally.  Add the celery and carrot and cook for a few more minutes, until the celery is beginning to soften.
  2. Add the beef stock and chunks of beef, then cover and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and let the stew cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is fully cooked and tender.
  3. Dump in the seasonings, turnip, and two kinds of potatoes, stirring well to combine.  Cover and simmer for another 35-40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and have thickened the gravy.
  4. Pour the filling into a 6-cup (1.5 liter) pie dish.  Reserve any extra filling in a bowl to eat separately.

Making the Hot Water Pastry (8 minutes)

  1. Once the filling is made, place the water and lard in a small saucepan set over medium heat.  Cook until the water is boiling and the lard has melted.
  2. While the water is heating, sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl.
  3. As soon as the water is boiling, pour it into the flour and stir until a smooth dough forms.
  4. Knead the pastry a few times on a lightly floured surface until the pastry is smooth and has a slight sheen.  Work carefully, as the pastry is quite hot, but don’t allow it to cool completely, or it will harden and be difficult to use.

Baking the Pie (8 minutes + 50 minutes baking + 15 minutes cooling)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Break off about 1/3 of the pastry and roll it into a rope long enough to go around the rim of the pie dish.  Brush the rim of the dish with beaten egg, then flatten the rope onto the rim of the pie dish.  Brush the pastry with beaten egg.  The egg will help the pastry stick to the pie dish and seal more tightly.
  3. Roll out the remaining pastry on a lightly floured surface, then cover the pie with the pastry.  Press down the edges to seal the pastry rim and lid together, then trim off excess pastry with a small sharp knife.
  4. Crimp the edges of the pie as desired, then brush the whole pie with beaten egg and cut several vent holes in the lid.
  5. Bake the pie at 400 F for about 50 minutes, until the pastry is a deep golden brown.  Cover the edges of the pastry with aluminum foil if they’re getting too dark.
  6. Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • If you need to make hot water pastry a little in advance, just keep the kneaded pastry warm in a double boiler.  Once the pastry cools completely, it becomes brittle and hard to work with.
  • This pie keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.  It also freezes well.

Keywords: meat and potato pie, hot water crust pastry

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