Steak and Stilton Pies
Pungent Stilton cheese and malty stout beer enrich the filling in these classic Lancashire meat pies.
Yield: makes 4 Individual Pies
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 1⁄4 lb. beef chuck, cut into 1" cubes
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 large yellow onions, sliced
- 2 ribs celery, thickly sliced
- 2 small carrots, thickly sliced
- 2 tbsp. minced rosemary
- 1 (12-oz.) bottle stout beer
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tsp. mustard powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 10 oz. mushrooms, quartered
- 6 oz. English Stilton, crumbled
- 1 (10-oz.) package frozen peas
- 1 (14-oz.) package puff pastry
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, 10–12 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Add garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and rosemary to pan; cook until soft, 10–12 minutes. Add beer; cook until almost dry, 18–20 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, until smooth. Return beef to pan along with stock, mustard, and bay leaf; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, covered partially, until beef is barely tender, about 1½ hours; set aside. Heat butter in a 10″ skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until browned all over, about 8 minutes; stir into beef mixture along with cheese and peas.
- Heat oven to 375°. Divide beef mixture among four 6" pie tins (12 oz. each). Roll pastry into a 14" square; cut out four 6" circles. Brush tin edges with egg; place 1 circle over each; press to seal. Cut slits into pastry; brush with egg. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes.