Steak pie

Steak pie

Nathan Outlaw's Home Kitchen
David Loftus

My family adores steak pie, so we have it quite often. I usually make the filling ahead and refrigerate it overnight to let the flavours marry. This is a basic recipe that works with any combination of meat and vegetables. For a steak and kidney pie, just replace 300g of the steak with kidney.


Quantity Ingredient

For the filling

Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for cooking
800g chuck steak, cut into 2cm dice
3 tablespoons plain flour
1 large white onion, peeled and sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 large leek, trimmed, washed and sliced
1 small celeriac, peeled and diced
3 teaspoons chopped thyme
200ml red wine
1 litre Beef stock
4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the pastry

Quantity Ingredient
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
150g butter, diced
1 large free-range egg, beaten
3 tablespoons mlik
eggwash (1 egg, beaten with 2 tbsp milk), to glaze


  1. For the filling, heat a large, wide pan over a medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Season the steak pieces with salt and pepper and toss through the flour. When the oil is hot, fry the steak in batches for 2–3 minutes until coloured all over, then transfer to a colander to drain. Add more oil to the pan between batches if needed.
  2. Wipe out the pan, heat again and add a drizzle of olive oil. When hot, add all the vegetables with the thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes until the veg start to soften and brown lightly. Return the meat to the pan, then add the wine, stock, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 2 hours. Let the filling cool completely. (Ideally, leave it in the fridge overnight.)
  3. To make the pastry, put the flour, thyme, salt and butter into a food processor and blitz until the mixture is fine. Add the beaten egg and milk to bring the mixture together as a dough. Tip onto a floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Take one quarter of the pastry for the lid, wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge.
  4. Preheat your oven to 180°C and take the pie filling from the fridge. Roll out the rest of the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin and the shape of your pie dish (about 2 litre capacity). Line the pie dish with the pastry, leaving the excess overhanging the edges. Brush the pastry around the rim of the dish with egg wash. Using a slotted spoon, fill with the meat mixture; add enough of the liquid to moisten but not too much. Place a pie funnel in the middle if you like.
  5. Roll out the pastry for the lid and place on top of the pie. Press the edges together to seal and trim off the excess. Crimp the edges with a fork. Brush the top of the pie with egg wash and make a few small holes to allow steam to escape. Place the pie on a baking tray and bake for 45 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling is piping hot. I like my steak pie with buttery boiled potatoes, carrots and peas.
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