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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.48 / 5 (118 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
2 hrs 10 min

Tuxford & Tebbutt slow cook their marinated beef in ale and stir through stilton cheese for a luxurious, glossy finish


Tuxford & Tebbutt
1. For the pie filling: place the beef, garlic, thyme, peppercorns and ale into a bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.

2. Remove the beef from the marinade, pat dry with kitchen paper and
dredge in the seasoned flour. Strain the marinade through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and set aside.

3. Heat the oil and one tablespoon of the butter in a flameproof casserole dish and fry the beef in small batches for 2-3 minutes each time, or until browned all over.

4. Once the meat is browned, remove from the casserole dish and set aside.
Return the casserole dish to the heat and fry the mushrooms and shallots for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.

5. Return the beef and the reserved marinating liquid to the casserole and add the beef stock. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 1½ hours, or until the beef is tender.

6. Strain off half of the cooking liquid from the casserole dish and set aside to make gravy for serving. Crumble the stilton into the casserole and stir until melted. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside to cool.

7. Divide the pastry into six pieces, then roll out each one until a little larger than the top of the pie dish. Brush the lip of the pie dish with egg yolk; place over the pastry and press to the dish edge to seal. Trim off excess pastry. Make a slit in the centre for the steam to escape and slash the top lightly to decorate.

8. Beat the egg yolk lightly together with a little water, then brush the mix on top of the pastry. Bake in a pre-heated oven set to 200°C for about 25 mins until pastry is golden brown and filling is piping hot

Recipe supplied by Tuxford & Tebbutt


  • 1 kg braising steak, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunches fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 400 ml Leicestershire pale ale
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 100 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 8 shallots, peeled, halved
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 75 g stilton cheese, such as Tuxford & Tebbutt, crumbled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 500 g frozen puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk, for glazing

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Latest Comment


A really tasty pie the stilton really brings out the flavour of the meat. Will definitely make again.

DeborahS93861 DeborahS93861  Posted 29 Aug 2014 10:53 PM

Excellent pie recipe,I lined the pie dish with shortcrust pastry.The cheese in the pie is great, fantastic taste.

JamesL55495 JamesL55495  Posted 01 Oct 2011 12:39 PM