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Old Fashioned Corned Beef Pie

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large pie 1x


Old fashioned corned beef pie is a British comfort food dinner that your whole family will love.  Potatoes, carrots, celery, and garlic flavor this old-fashioned meat pie made with homemade shortcrust pastry.



For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped (288g)
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, diced (227g)
  • 1 cup celery, diced (123g)
  • 4 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and diced (514g peeled weight)
  • 2 12-ounce cans corned beef, crumbled (2 340g tins)
  • 2 cups beef stock (500 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon English mustard, such as Colman's
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

For the Pastry

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (300g)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled (75g)
  • generous 5 tablespoons lard (75g)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 4-6 tablespoons water


Making the Pastry (10 minutes + 1 hour chilling)

  1. Pour the flour into a medium mixing bowl and add the butter, lard, and salt.  Pinch the fats and mix together with the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix in the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water, then gradually add additional water until a smooth pastry forms.
  3. Knead gently a few times, then shape into a disc, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill for at least an hour.

Making the Filling (45 minutes + 25 minutes cooking + 20 minutes cooling)

  1. While the pastry is chilling, make the filling.  Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven.  Once the butter is bubbling, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic.  Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Stir in the potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, then mix in the crumbled corned beef until well blended.
  3. Pour in the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, English mustard, and black pepper and stir until combined.  Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove the lid and allow the mixture to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes and vegetables are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  5. Skim off any liquid that hasn't evaporated, then stir in the fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Pour the filling into a 9 by 13-inch cake pan and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Baking the Pie (10 minutes + 45 minutes baking + cooling)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Beat an egg with a fork and set aside.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it's a little less than 1/8 inch thick.  Line the base of a 6-cup (1.5 liter) pie dish with the pastry, trimming off any excess.
  3. Evenly spread the cooled filling in the pastry-lined dish, then brush the edge of the pastry with beaten egg.
  4. Re-roll the remaining pastry and cover the pie with it.  Press down the edges to seal, then trim off the excess pastry.  Crimp the edges as desired, brush the top with beaten egg, and cut a few vent holes in the top.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 400 F, until the pastry is well browned.  Cover the edges with aluminum foil if they brown too quickly.
  6. Let the pie stand for about 15 minutes before serving.  Serve hot or cold.


  • The filling can be made the day before, and assembled and baked when desired.
  • Use good-quality canned corned beef or freshly cooked beef for the best flavor.
  • There's no need to add salt because the canned beef contains a lot of sodium.
  • Make your own pastry.  The hot water crust can't be substituted with store-bought pastry.
  • Leftovers keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: corned beef, pie, potato