Steak & Guinness Pie Recipe | Flavors of County Fermanagh

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Try your hand at this hearty dinner recipe courtesy of the 5* Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh.

Noel McMeel is executive head chef at the Lough Erne Resort in beautiful (and often overlooked) county Fermanagh.

A true ambassador for local produce, he has dedicated his entire career to one very simple goal: finding, preparing and serving fresh food in season.

For Noel, what we eat has to delight the taste buds, ensnare the senses and nourish body and soul.

Enjoy this Steak & Guinness Pie recipe. Please note that American weights & measures have been added.

Steak and Guinness Pie

Steak & Guinness Pie Recipe | Flavors of County Fermanagh

A wonderful Irish stew covered by a flaky crust. Traditional Irish comfort food perfect for cold evenings or St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 3 White Onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 Sticks of celery
  • 10 Mushrooms
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Rapeseed or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 kg 2.25 lbs quality brisket or stewing beef cut into 2cm (3/4 inch) cubes
  • 440 ml 1 3/4 – 2 cups Guinness stout
  • 2 tablespoons heaped plain flour
  • 200 ml 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 170 g All-butter puff pastry 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 large free-range egg


  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.
  • Peel and chop the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, slice the mushrooms, and
    pick and finely chop the fresh rosemary. 
  • Add the onions and fry gently for about 10 minutes in a heated sauce pan with 1
    tsp of oil until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat up, add the garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms, then mix
    everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, and a pinch of sea
    salt and 1 level teaspoon of black pepper. 
  • Fry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, stir in the flour, when mixed, pour in the
    Guinness and add just enough beef stock to cover. 
  • Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the oven for 2½ hours,
    or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich, dark and thick, stirring
    halfway. Meanwhile, roll the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin. 
  • Place the pastry over the top of the pie dish pinching or folding and tucking
    in the edges to seal, then lightly score the surface with a criss-cross
  • Beat the egg, then brush over the top of the pie and bake directly on the
    bottom of the oven for 45 minutes at 160 until the pastry is puffed and golden.

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