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Recipe - Steak and Ale Pie

steak-and-ale-pieIngredients:
½ package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon lard
250g cubed beef
125g carrots, diced
125g turnips, diced
250g peeled and cubed potatoes
125g pound onions, diced
125g mushrooms, quartered
1 cup water
1 cup bitter ale
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup cold water
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Preheat oven to 190º C.

Heat a large frying pan over a high heat. Add lard, then meat. Toss to coat meat, and sauté just long enough to brown meat on all sides. Remove from the heat. Place meat in a pie or baking dish. Add carrots, turnip, potatoes, and onion. Mix well.

Place the cup of water and ale in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Mix cornstarch with ¼ cup cold water until smooth. Slowly pour cornstarch mixture into simmering ale mixture, whisking constantly. Continue to simmer until mixture has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture over meat and vegetables. Trim puff pastry to fit over top of filling.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until pastry is deep golden brown.