Days Until Christmas!
This is definitely one of my favourite recipes. Perfect for cold winter nights when you want a nice hearty meal to warm you up. Very simple and doesn't take too long. Also stretches far so ideal for a family meal.

What you will need:

2.5 - 3 lb ground beef

2 medium onions

6 brown gravy packets

Salt and pepper

1 pack of 2 rolls shortcrust pastry (refrigerated)

1 pack of 2 sheet puff pastry (frozen until day of cooking, let sit in fridge for six hours to defrost)

Worcestershire sauce

Mixed frozen vegetables (or fresh, I use peas, carrots and sweetcorn, the smaller the better)

1 egg


Preheat oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two medium round metal pie dishes with the unrolled shortcrust pastry. Be sure to place them as evenly as possible and poke holes in the dough to avoid bubbles forming. Place pie dishes in oven until the dough begins to turn brown and remove from oven.

Chop onions into chunky pieces. Place ground beef and onions in large pan on the stove on medium heat. Once beef is cooked use a strainer to remove the grease and return to the pan. Add a good amount of salt and pepper (you can experiment with other seasonings, I like to add garlic powder) and a few decent splashes of Worcestershire sauce. Put a small amount of vegetables to boil on the stove. Prepare gravy packets; four gravy packets to four cups of boiling water and pour onto the ground beef. Prepare the last two gravy packets with one cup of water to make it thicker and add this too. Add the cooked vegetables also.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfold the puff pastry onto a cutting board to prepare for use. Spoon in the beef mixture into the pie dishes onto the par cooked shortcrust pastry until there is enough to reach the top of the pastry (not necessarily the pie dish). Carefully place the puff pastry on top of the pie dishes and cut off the excess on the corners (I use the excess to make some pastry balls in a small dish on the side, you can place these in the oven when you put the pies in). Fold the dough as to seal the edges. 

Beat egg in small bowl and brush the tops of the pies generously all over. Once oven is preheated to 400, place both pies on top shelf. Bake for around 20-30 mins, once the pies are golden brown on the top they are ready (you may want to use a cooking sheet to place on the bottom shelf to catch any mixture that may bubble out of the pies). Remove pies from oven and let sit for at least five minutes before serving. Serve with mashed potatoes, fried potatoes or whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

I also make a beef pie which doesn't use gravy mix and uses diced beef, this recipe will follow soon!

12/13/2013 09:25:16 am

I'm surprised you can get Worcestershire sauce over there in Yankee land?!

Wendy Cloutman
12/13/2013 02:02:29 pm

We ARE civilised, you know! Lol

12/13/2013 09:32:00 am

It's easy to get. Most people refer to it as w sauce :)

12/13/2013 01:58:59 pm

Looks delicious! When can a try it?


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