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Beef and Ale Pie
Many Thanks Jo !
This recipe was supplied by Mrs Jo Burley
Ingredients 1 Kg steak (chuck or blade)
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 pickling onions (small)
4 rashers of bacon (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
200 ml red wine
300 ml beef stock
12 baby new potatoes (quartered)
2 tablespoons cornflour
4 tablespoons water
375g/12oz puff pastry
1 egg (lightly beaten)
Thyme leaves
Salt and Pepper to season  

Equipment 1 Large Saucepan
1 Ovenproof dish  

Method 1. Cook half the meat in the Large Saucepan in half the oil for 4 - 5 minutes until well browned, remove from pan.
2. Cook the remaining meat in the Large Saucepan the rest of the oil again until well browned and remove from pan.
3. Cook the onions and bacon in the Large Saucepan for 3-4 minutes - medium heat.
4. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
5. Put all the meat back into the saucepan, and add the wine, stock, thyme, salt and pepper.
6. Cover the saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
7. Remove the lid, simmer for 15 minutes to reduce the stock.
8. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 15 minutes or until tender.
9. Mix the cornflour with the water and mix to a smooth paste.
10. Add to the Saucepan and stir until it boils and thickens.
11. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F or gas mark 4.
12. Place the mix from the saucepan into an ovenproof dish.
13. Roll the pastry onto a floured surface to about 1/8 inch (3mm)
14. Place the pastry onto the ovenproof dish, covering all the meat.
15. Brush the pastry with the egg, and make a slit in the top.
16. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.  

Serve with half roast potatoes, cooked in olive oil and sea salt.

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