Steak and onion pie recipe
This easy steak and onion pie recipe is very similar to my recipe for steak and ale pie, but without the mushrooms and with potatoes instead. Also, the sauce is different as I make it with red wine rather than beer, which changes the taste significantly.
This is also a slow cook recipe, where you prepare the steak pie filling beforehand and just prepare the pie lid when you are ready to heat it up.
It is a very good meal for freezing and you can make a larger batch to freeze and then defrost it during the day in the fridge when you know you want it for dinner.
I normally make this meal the day before eating. You can leave it in the fridge overnight and it always seems to taste better the next day.
Some people say you have to use a Burgundy wine as this is basically a beef bourguignon recipe. But NO, I say. Use whatever red wine is handy.
I happen to make my own red wine (as well as beer), which is pretty much like a Cabernet Sauvignon, so I used some of this.
The taste is great – it is maybe not as rich as the beef in beer recipe, but it is different. More subtle, perhaps, as you would expect from the French.
The best type of meat to use for a steak pie is usually a chuck steak, or braising steak as we call it. But read more about that here: Choosing the best meat for Beef Stew.
The cheaper cuts of meat are normally better as the slow cook will tenderise them. I got a lovely cut of chuck for this one as you can see in the photos.
I cut it into very large pieces, which you will appreciate when you finally open the pie.
This steak and onion pie filling is slow-cooked in the oven, as I do not have a slow cooker or crock-pot. But I am sure the latter would do it fine as well.
Serve up with a side that will complement the taste of the sauce.
Here I chose some baked carrots as it was just as easy to cook them in the oven with the pie, and the potatoes had been added to the filling.
The amount of meat you use depends on how much food you want to make. The quantities below made one large and one small pie. Enough to feed about 6 people.
How to make this traditional steak pie recipe
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