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Family Meat Pie

Ingredients

800g chuck beef
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2tbsp unsalted butter
7 oz mushrooms
1 onion
4 oz streaky beef bacon
2 garlic clove
1 celery
1 carrot
2 cups beef stock
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper ,
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp unsalted butter

Directions
Step 1
Sprinkle beef with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy based pot over high heat. Brown beef aggressively in 2 to 3 batches. Then remove beef into a big bowl. Wipe pot clean of burnt bits, if needed. Cool pot, add bacon. Place pot back onto medium heat. When you see some fat starting to melt, turn heat up to medium high and cook bacon until golden. Then remove into bowl with beef.

Step 2
Melt 30g/ 2tbsp butter in the pot. Cook mushrooms until golden with a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove into separate bowl with slotted spoon. Add onion, garlic, carrot and celery then cook for 5 minutes until onion is soft and sweet, not too golden. Add oil if needed, but bacon fat + residual butter should be enough. Add beef, bacon, water, stock, 1/4 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper. Stir then bring to simmer. Cover with lid, then transfer to oven for 1 hour. then continue cooking in the oven for a further 1 hour. Meat should be starting to be tender at this stage. Remove pot from oven. Remove lid, then simmer on low heat for 20 minutes to reduce sauce. Meat should now be “fall-apart-tender” but just holding form Mix together butter and flour until smooth. Stir Beurre Manié into sauce. Once melted, leave on the stove for another 2 minutes. Sauce should be thicker than a normal stew, like a honey consistency Cover pot with lid, then let it cool completely, preferably overnight.

Step 3
Fill pie with filling Partially thaw puff pastry (do not cut). Brush lip of pie crust base with egg, then top with puff pastry sheet. Trim excess with scissors, press to adhere to edges. Then press the tip of a fork around the edge to make little crimps Brush top with remaining whisked egg,then make 2.5cm / 1″ X incision in middle to allow steam to escape Bake 45 –50 minutes until top is super golden.

Step 4
Enjoy!!

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