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Beef Ale and Stilton Pie

I'd fancied making a beef and Stilton pie ever since Marks and Spencer had introduced a luxury beef and port pie to their Gastropub range. So, I had a go and this is my copycat recipe.

Beef Ale and Stilton Pie
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Now, the Marks and Spencer one, as I say has Port in it, but I used a Porter Ale instead. The result was tender beef in a velvety, rich and very tasty gravy. If you prefer, you could use Guinness.

So, with all that in mind, I set about making one. I was very pleased with the end result and am really embarrassed to tell you we ate it all - yep the whole lot.

Nothing was left at all; so it worked out a bit of a dear do, moneywise 😅

What is Porter Ale?

Porter is a dark style of beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.

The name was first recorded in the 18th century and is thought to come from its popularity with street and river porters, who carried objects for others. Source: Wikipedia.

Steak Ale and Stilton Pie

When the filling is made, brush the edges of the pastry with some of the beaten egg and lay over the pie dish. Crimp the pastry all around the edge to seal, then trim off any excess pastry.

Make a small hole in the middle of the pie top so that the steam can escape whilst cooking. Brush all over some of the beaten egg.

Put the pie into the oven to bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden and the filling is piping hot. Make the gravy and serve.

When the pie is cooked serve with mashed potato and gravy, I made carrot and potato mash and it was rather nice I must say.

Another Marks and Spencer Copycat recipe you might like is Steak Potato and Onion Hash.

Beef and Ale Pie

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  1. Jan the recipe look very inviting - making it for friends next weekend.

    1. Thank you - do let me know how it turns out.


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