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Dorset Beef and Guiness Pie
Dorset beef and Guinness pie (with stilton in the sauce.)
With roasties, dauphine pots (sliced with onion, garlic cooked in milk with cheese) snap peas, sprouts, carrots and honey roast parsnips...
Most of the preps done, just cooking..
Gotta fill me stomach for tonites drinking...!!
Ok, here ya go.
1st of all marinade the beef over nite in a bit of the Guinness
Dice up 2 large onions and 5 cloves of garlic
Sweat off the onions, without colour, just soften them up.
Add the beef and sauté over a hot heat for 10 mins
Add half a cup of plain flour, this will thicken the sauce, and cook out’ the flour buy cooking and stirring for 10 mins on a hot heat.
Add about 2 pints of beef stock, or add it until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, the add half the Guinness
Let this simmer for an hour, stirring every 15 mins.
(use a wooden spoon and DON’T scrape the bottom of the pan, it will make it taste bitter)
Prepare the veg
Blanch the potatoes and parsnips for roasting, this will make them light. Also, when you are straining the pots, ‘swirl’ them around in the colander this will make them a bit ‘flakey’
Wash the baby button mushrooms
Add the mushrooms 20 mins before the end
Add the rest of the Guinness. You can cook the alcohol out of the dish if you cook it for too long
Just before you serve it, add the stilton to taste.
(Start these after you have put together the stew’ and it’s cooking of an hour)
Slice an onion and crush 2 clove of garlic and rub them around the dish. Slice the potatos about 3-4mm thick and layer them pots, onions, pots, onions, pots. etc..
Layer the top layer so it looks nice…!! and pour over milk until its covered then season
Put in oven, 160 -180 degrees and cook for 30 mins. Cover with tinfoil if it’s ‘browning’ too quickly
Pour off excess milk and add cheese evenly
Bake for another 10 mins or until cheese is crispy, or how you like it.
Roll out the puff pastry to the shape you want. Roll out about 2-3mm thickness
Gently score the top couple of layers to make a lattice effect and place on a thick try that’s been greased and lightly floured (stops it from sticking and burning the bottom layer, due to the grease)
And bake for 15-20 mins at 200 degrees, or until risen and golden brown.
Bring all together and serve….