Steak & chips pie

Comfort food recipe for 6 people, takes only 30 mins; recipe has sunflower oil, braising steak, onion, carrot, treacle, plain flour, red wine, beef stock cubes, thyme, bay leaves, shortcrust pastry, flour, porcini mushroom powder, thyme leaves and oven chips.

Steak & chips pie

Steak & chips pie

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Comfort food


Prep time

20 mins


  • Red Wine: 175ml red wine
  • Onion: 2 onions, chopped
  • Carrot: 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • Thyme: small bunch thyme, half of the leaves picked for the pastry and reserved
  • Sunflower Oil: 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for the dish
  • Plain Flour: 1 tbsp plain flour
  • Flour: flour, for dusting
  • Shortcrust Pastry: 500g block of shortcrust pastry
  • Treacle: 1 tsp treacle, sugar or golden caster sugar
  • Thyme Leaves: thyme leaves, from the bunch used for the beef
  • Bay Leaves: 3 bay leaves, tied together
  • Braising Steak: 750g-1kg braising steak (or topside) sliced into 6 thin steaks (buy a joint and do it yourself if you can't find any already sliced)
  • Beef Stock Cubes: 2 beef stock cubes diluted in 600ml hot water
  • Porcini Mushroom Powder: 1 tsp dried porcini mushroom powder (optional)
  • Oven Chips: 800g frozen oven chips or fries (or make your own using our recipe)


  1. Up to three days before, braise the steak. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat half the oil in a flameproof casserole pan and brown the steaks really well on either side, then set aside. Add the onions and carrots to the pan, drizzle over a little more oil, then cook over a low heat for 5 mins until coloured. Drizzle over the treacle or add the sugar, and scatter in the flour, stirring until you have a brown paste clinging to the vegetables. Tip the meat and any juices back into the pan and give it all a good stir. Pour over the wine and stock, season, tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for about two hours, or until the meat is tender, then leave to cool and chill until needed.Can be prepared up to two days ahead and chilled.
  2. To make the pastry, roll out the block on a floured surface to the thickness of a PS1 coin and scatter over the thyme leaves and mushroom powder. Fold the pastry into quarters and chill until needed. Or, to give the pastry a more interesting finish, scatter over the thyme and mushroom powder when you roll the pastry out to line the dish, rolling over them firmly so they stick.Can be prepared a day ahead and chilled.
  3. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and put a baking sheet in the oven. Oil a 24-28cm pie dish or tin (ideally with a lip) and dust well with flour. Roll out the pastry to a thick-ish round that will easily line the pie dish with a slight overhang, then line the dish. Lift the steak out of the gravy, then spoon in the vegetables and a little of the gravy and lay the steaks over the top to form an overlapping layer (serve any leftover gravy alongside in a small jug for pouring over). Pilethe chipsover the meat. Trim the edges of the pastry and crimp the edge. Bake for 40 mins until the chips and pie crust are golden - cover the chips loosely with foil if they are browning too quickly. Scatter over some salt then serve straight from the dish with the leftover gravy (reheated), and the rest of that bottle of red wine.