Marks and Spencer do fantastic food adverts that make me want to eat whatever it is they're advertising, regardless of whether I like it or not. They could advertise smelly sock pie and I'd be craving it! Thankfully they haven't, but recently have been showcasing their Steak Pie. Rob's fancied it too but not the stilton part of it anyways so it only seemed right to make my own version of this pie. I read up on several recipes and then decided to make up my own so here it is....
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
3 tbsp plain flour, seasoned
350g of diced steak pieces
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 pint stock
250g shortcrust pastry, store bought
1 egg, beaten
250g puff pastry, store bought
1. Mix the steak pieces and flour in a bowl so the meat is coated.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 mins.
3. Add the steak to the pot and cook until browned all over.
4. Stir in the worcestershire sauce, tomato puree and stock. Season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat, leave to simmer gently for 30-45 mins.
5. Roll out your shortcrust pastry and line your 8-9" pie dish.
6. Once the meat has finished simmering pour it into the middle of the shortcrust pastry and spread.
7. Brush the edges of the shortcrust pastry with the beaten egg. Roll out the puff pastry and lay the puff pastry on top of the pie.
8. Press the edges together and cut a few holes in the top of the pie (to let out any steam). Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
9. Bake the pie in the oven at 180˚C for 35-40 minutes.
I loved this pie, the sauce was smooth and creamy, the steak soft and tender, all topped off with a crispy puff pastry..... perhaps I've just created my own M&S ad!