Irish Beer and Beef Pie


Try this recipe! I was afraid of all the ingredients and steps but once you get going its a breeze!

I came across this recipe on a travel blog. Karen recently fed this to her family and it was a hit (original recipe here). I made some modifications, because I never cook without paprika!

Irish Beer and Beef Pie

Irish Beer and Beef Pie

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup celery stalks, chopped
  • 2.5 lbs Beef Sirloin (Or chuck… Any stewing meat)
  • 1/2 chopped fennel bulb
  • 1 & 1/4 cup Baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 Sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • Salt, pepper, season all spice & 2 tsp paprika (or more if you feel inclined)
  • 1 & 1/2 pint Guinness Beer
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Gouda or melting cheese
  • 2 packs of 1 pound store bought FILO puff pastry
  • 1 egg beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a thick (oven proof) pot, heat up olive oil and fry onions and garlic till onions are translucent. Add paprika to the onions while they sautee

2. Turn up the heat and add butter and all other vegetables. Cook for a couple of minutes till fragrant.

3. Remove 3/4 of veg mixture to make room for beef. Add beef to pot and seer with salt and pepper, season all spice, and herbs for 3-4 minutes. Return veggies to beef. Add Guinness, and top with water, just till all ingredients covered. Bring to boil, then place in oven for approx 1.5 hours.

Notice my mistake: I didn't cut up the Rosemary! But in the end it was fine, because I cooked this for so long, that it was all tender.

4. Check and stir. You want to reduce the mixture. If it is still liquid, keep cooking and check every 15 minutes. (I had to cook mine at least another 2 hours! So leave plenty of time for this recipe).

5. Once mixture reduced, remove from heat and let cool slightly. Taste and season as needed. Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture, and stir in to the meat.

6. Take defrosted store bought filo pastry and roll out on floured surface. I used three of the four sheets. The bottom piece should be larger than the top piece, as you will fold the edges over later, so cut 1/3 of the pastry from the sheet, leaving a larger piece with the remaining 2/3. Roll both pieces out evenly using a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a silver dollar.

7. Add the larger piece of dough to a buttered pie dish, letting the edges hang over the sides. Add meat mixture, and the remaining cheese to the top of the meat.

8. Cover with smaller piece of dough and then pinch and fold the two pieces of dough over to seal the pie.

9. Decorate with a four leaf clover and then brush the top with egg wash.

10. Put pie in preheated oven, on lowest rack for 45 mins at 375 F.

The Result!


Note: The original recipe has peas in it. I forgot to add them!! So add them right at the end when you are stuffing the pie, if you feel like adding them.

This recipe got RAVE reviews from all at the St Patrick’s day party!

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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14 Responses to Irish Beer and Beef Pie

  1. It looks so yummy! I love the four leaf clover. When I made it again Saturday, I added less liquid and it reduced more quickly. The first time, I took the lid off after it had baked 1 1/2 hours and watched closely. Without the lid it reduces more quickly, but you do have to watch so it doesn’t dry out.

    Proud of you!

  2. rhonda says:

    I’ll bet this is delicious. Did the family enjoy? Do you make it often?

    It’s a really beautiful meal; I feel like I could smell it cooking!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  3. Jill says:

    Leigh, I had to chuckle. I didn’t see paprika listed as an ingredient, yet directions say to add to onions while they sauté. You and your paprika…..

  4. Raine says:

    Looks delicious – but all those ingredients scare me!

  5. Pamela R says:

    sorry this is one thing that just would fly in our house–sorry too many foods touching each other–my family will eat almost any thing as long as the foods are separated =}

  6. OUPA says:

    Looks better than Jamie Oliver. What a yummy looking pie. will try soon. Congratulations.

  7. Clare says:

    Looks delicious!

  8. Sara says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’m telling you, I love cooking with beer. There’s just something about it that kicks up the flavors to another level! I’m going to have to try this recipe out soon! :)

  9. Sista says:

    Certainly does look very good. I wouldn’t eat it, but Peter would!! In fact I think we should give it a go.

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