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Drunken Guinness Meat Pie with a rustic thick crust to celebrate St-Patrick’s day this year? A pie filled with tender meat, carrots, onions and green peas. A perfect pairing to a cold Guinness!Drunken Guinness Meat Pie with a rustic thick crust to celebrate St-Patrick's day this year? A pie filled with tender meat, carrots, onions and green peas. A perfect pairing to a cold Guinness!

Guinness drunken meat pie

If you are one of those people who cannot resist a good Guinness on St-Patrick’s day, then this is the perfect meal to accompany your beer. Guinness beer isn’t just a great beer it’s also one of the highest quality broth out there, giving any stew or meat pie this deep and rich color and caramelize flavor. Also, Guinness pairs to perfection with one of my favorite sauce thickener; chocolate. Just a single piece of dark chocolate in the end of cooking, nothing too serious to impair its taste, will thicken the broth just enough and give the broth this richer color and thickness.

Guinness Meat Pie

This recipe could easily be a stew or a meat pie! If you add a 200 ml of broth to the whole recipe and skip the crust end, you’ll end up with a great stew. Although since I’ve done a pie, I’ve added a simple pie dough but extra thick to make it more rustic looking. You can use a pre done pie dough/flaky from the market or make your own, which is frankly quite easy. (see below).

The pie dough

Guinness Meat PieThe secret here is to use cold ingredients, from the butter to the water. I’ve used a 400g of flour and 200g of unsalted butter and a good pinch of salt. Cut the cold butter  into small cubes and then mix it up into the flour with your hands until it become a sandy texture (5 minutes). Then, add a bit of water until it makes a unsticky dough (about 100ml). Cover with a plastic wrap and leave a minimum of an hour in the fridge. That’s it! When ready for use, flour the working space and make the dough a good 2mm thick to give the pie an extra thick feel. Finish it up with an egg wash to make a nice finish to the crust and a pinch of salt.

Let’s make this drunken pie!

 


Guinness Meat Pie

Makes 4-6 portions | Preparation: 2 hours| Difficulty: easy

Ingredients
  • Guinness Meat Pie500g of beef diced into 2 cm cubes
  • 300ml guinness beer
  • 200ml of beef broth
  • 10 mini french onion (or 2 normal sized)
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 10g of dark chocolate (80% or more)
  • 1 laurel leaf, 1/2 anis star, thyme (in tea bag or strapped together)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of clarified butter or olive oil
  • 50g frozen green peas
  • flaky dough from the market or handmade (check above)
  • 1 egg
Directions
  1. Start by adding salt and pepper to the diced beef
  2. In a pot, add the butter/oil and sear the pieces of meat at high heat until brown
  3. Add the carrots, onions, garlic and spices to the meat
  4. Add the Guinness beer and the broth and scratch the bottom bits off with the help of a wooden spatula or spoon
  5. Bring to a light simmer and let simmer for 1h30, uncovered
  6. In the end of cooking, add the frozen peas and the piece of chocolate to thickens the broth
  7. In a deep oven proof recipient, add the meat mix and cover with the pie dough
  8. Add a view holes on top of the pie and give it a egg wash with a last sprinkle of salt
  9. Cook in the oven at 180°C (350F) for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden
  10. Serve

 

Happy St-Pat guys! Sláinte!

Guinness Meat Pie

German beer beef stew with knödelnComing back from holiday in Germany and I got myself some nice cooking books, my german isn’t so good yet, so it takes forever to understand a single recipe. But the one recipe I’ve always wanted to reproduce is the famous Knödel. This potato dumpling is in so many meals up in Germany or Central Europe for that matter, it’s accompany to perfection any meal with some type of gravy or sauce, even soups. There are tons of different styles of Knödel, for example with mushrooms, meat, spinach, etc. Also, I don’t want to make the easy kind Knödel made with bread or eggs… no…no… I want to learn the difficult one made just with potatoes (cooked and raw). I have to say in those 3 books I bought, I took the version of this recipe that had the most steps. I’ve learn this isn’t so easy to make so better be well informed before starting, no?germanstewpin

German beer beef stew with knödelnFirst of all, the potato choice is important to achieve a great Knödel. You’ll need a starchy potato like Russet or a multipurpose potato like the famous Yukon or Kennebec. Truely… just the amount of starch you’ll have to calibrate yourself to make the dumplings hold depending on the type you’ll use. I’ve used this time a potato multi purpose called “agria” (in Spain) and it did need double the amount of starch from the original recipe. So the best way to know if you have the good amount of starch is to test your Knödel. You make one test and you’ll see if it still holds after 20 minute in warm water you ready to go… if not… you add a tablespoon of starch and semola. So I had to change the amounts of the original recipe, and you might probably have to adjust your recipe also. The trick is to make tests and once you reach a good mix, then you’ll keep it for life.

German beer beef stew with knödelnAs for the stew, I’ve used all German typical ingredients although it is my own recipe, not a traditional one. It’s basically a “boeuf bourguignon” but I’ve exchange the wine for a nice German dark wheat beer, add some German aromatics like caraway, juniper, laurel and parsley for my aromatics. Also to make it a touch more creamy, I add a touch of heavy cream to calm down all the strong flavors and make it onctuous.

So let’s get to it!


German beer beef stew with Knödeln (potato dumpling)

Makes 4 portions

Ingredients
For the stew
  • 600g of beef cubes of 5cmGerman beer beef stew with knödeln
  • 500 ml of dunkel weissbier (Franziskaner) or a wheat beer of your choice
  • 50ml of heavy cream
  • 30g of butter
  • 1 carrot cut into dices
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 mushrooms (button or else)
  • laurel leaf
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 5 juniper 
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch (in a bit of cold water to thicken the soup in the final stage)
  • salt and pepper
The Knödel
  • 1 kg (about 8 medium sized) of “starchy” potato (ex; russet) or if you use a less starchy kind of potato (yukon,kennebec), double the amount of both semolina and starch to the mix
  • 80ml of milk
  • 1 tbsp of starch (cornstarch)
  • 1 tbsp of semolina 
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 slice of white bread toast cut into small cubes
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg *last one optional
Directions
The stew
  1. Season with salt and pepper the beef dices
  2. Add the butter to a deep pan and bring to high heat
  3. Add the pieces of beef and brown them on each side
  4. Add the onion, carrot and aromatics (juniper, caraway and laurel)
  5. Add the whole beer
  6. Let simmer for 2h30 hours, moving it to make sure the bottom doesn’t stick
  7. In the last 30 minutes, add the mushroom
  8. In the last 5 minutes, add the cornstarch mixed with cold water to thickens the broth
  9. Check the seasonning and take off the fire
  10. Add the touch of cream
  11. Serve
The Knödel (potato dumplings)
  1. Peel and cut into small cubes the 1/2 of the potatoes
  2. Cook in salty boiling water until soft
  3. Reserve
  4. Peel and grate finely the rest of the potatoes
  5. Add to a cheesecloth, or kitchen towel and squeeze all the juice out into a bowl (let the starch separate, takes about 10 minutes)
  6. In a medium size sauce pan, warm up the milk and add the raw grated potato , the semolina, butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper and mix well (take of the fire)
  7. Make purée with the cooked potatoes and add to the mix
  8. Eliminate the water from the drained potato juice and keep only the bottom starch
  9. Add the starch to the mix and the extra cornstarch
  10. Check for the seasoning a last time
  11. Toast a piece of white bread and cut it into cubes *optional, add a piece or two in the middle of the dumplings.
  12. Make a dumpling with wet hands and add to warm (barely simmering) salty water, don’t boil or the dumplings will get destroyed
  13. At this point you make a single Knödel to test your potato mixture (optional but highly recommended)
  14. Let them in the barely simmering water for 20-25 minutes
  15. Serve with a pinch of salt and add some chives or parsley as a topping.

Enjoy!

German beer beef stew with knödeln