Steak and Ale Pie - A WHITEBOX Recipe

We're passionate about great tasting beer from brewed by small independent breweries. And while they are amazing to drink, our selection of beer is also great for cooking. He's one of our favourite comfort meals Steak and Ale Pie.

Here we go, you're going to need:

700g beef/steak, cut into large chunks (serves four so you can scale as needed)
2 beef stock cubes (I use the Knorr jelly stock pots)
500ml of beer or dark ale 

Recommended beers:

  • Full Spectrum from the Coul Brewing Co
  • Mancunian from Brightside Brewing

1 onion, chopped
2 sprigs of thyme
2 tbsp plain flour
1 egg

For the pastry
I tend to buy the premade and rolled pastry for ease. Shortcrust for the base and puff pastry for the top.

If you do want to make your own pastry you'll need:

225g plain flour
100g butter, diced
pinch salt

Now you have all the ingredients let's get cooking.

STEP 1 - The filling

Pre-heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.

Heat the flameproof casserole dish on the hob, soften the onion in a little olive oil. Stir in the flour until it has disappeared, then stir in the beef. Add the stock cubes and thyme. Pour over ale, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook in the oven for 2½ hrs. Remove lid and cook for another 30 mins – this should thicken the sauce nicely.

STEP 2 - The pastry

Sift 225g plain flour into a large bowl, add 100g diced butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Stir in a pinch of salt, then add 2-3 tbsp water and mix to a firm dough.
Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface.
Wrap in cling film and chill while the filling cooks.

STEP 3 - Putting it all together

Roll out half the pastry and use to line a 20-22cm pie dish. Using a slotted spoon, spoon in all of the meat, then pour over some of the sauce until the meat is just coated. Put the rest of the sauce into a saucepan. Roll out the remaining pastry to cover the pie. Trim the edge with a small, sharp knife, then crimp or fork the edges to seal. Make a small shape from cuttings for decoration. Brush top of the pie with beaten egg. Bake for 30-40 mins until golden brown and crisp. Reheat sauce and serve with the pie along with some potatoes and veg.

Now sit down, relax, and enjoy your homemade steak and ale pie.


This recipe is based on a recipe from the BBC Good Food. For the original recipe visit: