Comfort Food Recipes

Comfort Food by Julia Bettelheim | Steak and Guinness Pie Recipe

February 14, 2018

With the recent cold snap we’ve been hitting the comfort food hard! This Steak and Guinness Pie was a real winner over the cold weekend. Now I have made this before, but this time I was checking out a new recipe…

I must admit the new Steak and Guinness Pie recipe I tried is not mine. But a recipe from a book that embraces Comfort Food by chef Julia Bettelheim. Julia is passionate about feeding people; from the students in her university kitchen to guests and family at home. Her book celebrates her love for comfort food but with budget in mind. There’s some amazing savoury meals and sweet treats in the book. I can’t wait to bake the fruit cake!

Steak and Guinness Pie Fresh From Oven

Steak and Guinness Pie Served With Mash On Plate and Bottle of Guinness Next to Comfort Food Recipe Book

Steak and Guinness Pie

A comforting pie to be enjoyed on a cold day.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Julia Bettelheim


  • 400 g diced braising steak
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 300 g frozen sliced mushrooms or fresh, but then sliced
  • 2/3 cup diced onions I used frozen
  • 500 g diced swede and carrot
  • 5 sticks of celery
  • 150 g diced lean bacon or diced prosciutto
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sauce
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 bags bouquet garni
  • 1 can Guinness 440 ml
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 rolls puff pastry at least, depending on how many pies you want to make
  • 1 egg
  • Milk for egg wash
  • Pre heat the slow cooker to high or oven to 180 degrees.


  1. Dice the beef into small bite size pieces. In a large heavy based saucepan, add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and sauté the onions and sweat them off until they are transparent. Then add the beef and stir that until it is browned. Then add the flour.
  2. Add the diced bacon; this will give the meat some extra juice and flavour to work with. Cook out the flour for about 5 minutes, stirring all the time or the meat will burn. Chop the celery into small slices, then add it to the saucepan with the other vegetables.
  3. During this process, boil a kettle and now measure about 1 cup of boiling water and 1 stock cube, mix together until stock cube has dissolved. Add the beer and the sauces and thyme. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker, and add the mushrooms. Add the bouquet garni and leave on high for an hour, by which time the stew should be boiling. Turn the heat to low and leave for at least 3-4 hours. The stew should be thick and the meat very tender. Leave to cool completely (can be left in the container in the fridge).
  4. To make the pies: grease the pie dish or individual pie dishes with oil and layer with the pastry. Trim the edges. Blind bake for about 15 minutes, then fill with the pie mixture. Top with a piece of puff pastry, prick the pastry and brush with an egg wash. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden in colour.
  5. Enjoy the pie with mashed potatoes or chips and garden peas.

Recipe Notes

Makes 12 individual pies or one big pie - I just did a pastry topping when I made it
I didn't have brown sauce but a splash of Worcester sauce works
Leeks work in place of celery
You can make on the hob instead of a slow cooker

Adapted from Comfort Food

Close Up of Steak and Guinness Pie

Steak and Guinness Pie Served With Mash On Plate and Bottle of Guinness

Now I totally cheated when making this, only using pastry for the top. Cooked this for 20 mins and was perfect. I also substituted celery for leeks because I’m so not a fan, again this worked fine. The pie itself was hearty and delightful. I felt much better after an icy evening run when I demolished this for dinner! Dr W was also a huge fan of this dish.

So readers are you a Comfort Food fans? Would you check out Julia’s book or make the Steak and Guinness Pie? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply michelle twin mum February 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Ohh yes, that is proper comfort food. It looks delicious and what a great size portion you served up. I’m coming round! lol Mich x

    • Reply MissPond February 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Ha I’m terrible for serving huge portions! Lol!

  • Reply Luiza Calini February 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, that looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try it,but I am gluten free 🙁

    • Reply MissPond February 15, 2018 at 8:32 am

      You could make GF pastry, it’s a difficult one but can be done 🙂

  • Reply Sarah February 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Looks like a hug on a plate! I much prefer just using a pastry top, pastry has never been my friend so I cook as little of it as I can get away with!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Reply MissPond February 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

      That’s a great way to describe it 🙂 I’m not keen on faffing with pastry so the top was perfect for me!

  • Reply Imogen February 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I’m already trying to see how I can veganise this recipe haha! Also, I love that you only did the pastry on top of the pie rather than the whole way round – always looking to cheat my way through a recipe haha! Imogen x

    • Reply MissPond February 14, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      You could try jackfruit!

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