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Steak and Guinness Pie from Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book Even Easier

Being Irish, it won’t be a surprise that I love Guinness or that I love pies. Traditionally-made Steak and Guinness Pie can be a bit of a labour of love, but this is the easiest Steak and Guinness Pie recipe you’ll ever make – just throw it in, let it cook away during the day, add a pastry lid and serve. It is honestly that easy. It’s gorgeously rich, and a beef gravy pie is something truly special, perfect on a cold day.

Serves 6
439 calories per serving


  • 800g beef steak or rump (or 1kg brisket), chopped 440ml can of Guinness
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze the pastry
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Tenderstem broccoli and carrot and parsnip mash, to serve (optional)


  1. Throw all the ingredients, except the pastry and egg, in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7–8 hours. Discard the bay leaf.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Top the beef filling with the puff pastry, tuck it round the pie, then brush with the beaten egg. Pop the ovenproof slow-cooker pot (without the lid) into the oven for 25 minutes until golden and crisp. If your slow-cooker pot isn’t oven-safe, decant the filling into an ovenproof pot, cover with the pastry, brush with the egg and bake as above.
  4. Serve with Tenderstem broccoli and carrot and parsnip mash, if you like.

Steak and Guinness Pie extracted from Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book Even Easier by Nathan Anthony (Ebury Press, €20 Photography by Dan Jones

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