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English Food is Not a Joke - Steak & Ale Pie

English Food is Not a Joke - Steak & Ale Pie

English food is not a joke because...
Any cuisine that combines meat with ale gets gold stars in my book.

That's the answer I'm giving for Sam's Fish & Quips challenge. She's asked food lovers everywhere to help her prove that English food does not have to be a joke. After reading about it, I immediately wanted to participate. I lived there for almost a year and had plenty of amazing food (I have crazy fond memories of the cheese guy in my local outdoor market), however I couldn't come up with one dish that I wanted to make. So I called in the brigades - actually I just IM'd my friend Johnny and asked what he thought I should make:

me: What is your favorite British meal - like quintessential British?

Johnny: Meat pie! Like steak and onion pie!!!
I think this is a nice idea, a nice project - British food has a huge inferiority complex for a few reasons.

me: So what should i make?

Johnny: You should try steak and ale pie if you can manage it. I think it is pretty easy really and tastesome.

me: Why'd you choose that dish?

Johnny: It is the thing I like best that is "English"
Make a nice round pie - with leaves on the top of course.

me: Of course

Hrmm... a steak and ale pie. Funny, I never actually had one of those while I was out there - but I figured it was the time to start. So I hunted down a few recipes and cobbled together a pretty decent pie. I cheated and used puff pastry, but I didn't forget the leaves on top.The end result was pretty tasty, like a stew with an added pastry crust - and it was definitely not a joke. To see what recipe I used, and to see a bunch of step by step pictures,

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Brit-in-the-US Brit-in-the-US 9 years
this is one of most served pub meals and its awesome English food is the best!!!!!! for those who think different DONT KNOCK IT TILL YA TRY IT!!!!!
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
lol i accidentally have 2 bottles in my fridge! both are still sorta full! but yeah, i'm am def going to make this, this week. looks totally easy and DELICIOUS!
Food Food 9 years
dijon mustard is a great idea! and definitely add the worcestershire sauce, I planned on it, but somehow, "yah we have some in the fridge" translated to "nope we're out"
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
oh yeah! and probably some dijon mustard too
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
wow looks awesome and simple! i love how you used the pyrex dish to cook it in, i'll probably end up doing that myself. Some changes just by looking at it..I'd probably add some Worcestershire to this, more carrots,mushrooms, sugar and some garlic. i like a thick sauce so maybe some flour in the sauce. and sage! yeah, i'd probably add some sage
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
Good job Yumsugar.
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
Good job Yumsugar.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
ooo! this sounds like it would be fun and easy to do then! definitely gonna try making it and round up some friends to taste test it! :evil:
Food Food 9 years
thanks guys - it was pretty tasty and relatively easy! (you just need to plan ahead for the marinating) - hey mandiesoh - you can substitute oregano (but it's stronger, so go easy on it) or thyme, or whatever herbs you think sound delish!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
omg this is too good! meat AND ale?!? :dance: hahahaha i love this yum! i WILL try to make it! as soon as i can get a replacement for morajam?? cos i have no clue what that is :oops: mmm english food..bangers & mash... battered fish & chips...ALE... :drool: :drool: :drool: this is killing me!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
omg this is too good! meat AND ale?!? :dance: hahahaha i love this yum! i WILL try to make it! as soon as i can get a replacement for morajam?? cos i have no clue what that is :oops:mmm english food..bangers & mash... battered fish & chips...ALE... :drool: :drool: :drool:this is killing me!
SU3 SU3 9 years
Wow! That looks sooo GOOD and sooo DELICIOUS! :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Sa-weet! It's a party - ale and steak & ale pie for everyone! Better get started, Yum! :)
TheFairestLady TheFairestLady 9 years
That looks delicious. Good job, Yum!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
im with you ALSW
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
im with you ALSW
amiemoos amiemoos 9 years
haha I can't believe you even have english ale! I work in a bar (in England) and we serve loads of that stuff.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm with Molly - can you make enough for all of us? We'll visit!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 9 years
Wow that looks tasty! I want to give you gold stars for knowing your boyfriend hates a food, but sticking it in there anyway! I only ever got away with that if said hated food was completely unrecognizable! Way to go, picky eaters are very hard to manage!
Molly Molly 9 years
I'm moving in.
Molly Molly 9 years
I'm moving in.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 9 years
bangers & mash, kidney pie, mincemeat...blecch ______________________________________________ Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Anything with beer really...
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Anything with beer really...
lorioz lorioz 9 years
This looks so good! I love meat and beer pies!
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