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Mum's Meat and Potato Pie

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This recipe has been 'borrowed' from my mum. It is one of my most favourite meals that my mum cooks, and has a lot of happy memories for me. I am hoping to pass this on to my own daughter and hope that my own little family now can enjoy this pie and have as many happy memories of it as I do.

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Ingredients

  • 500g stewing beef
  • diced
  • 1 large onion
  • sliced
  • 2 large carrots
  • sliced
  • 8 medium sized potatoes
  • peeled and halved (4 chunks per person)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints of cold water
  • 2 beef oxo cubes
  • Shortcrust pastry (can be ready made
  • or make your own!)

Details

servings 4
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 110mins
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

Put the beef, onion and carrots into a large saucepan, then add the cold water until it well covers the meat by at least 3 inches!

Step 2

Crumble in the oxo cubes, and add a large pinch of salt and black pepper.

Step 3

Turn the heat on high and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for an hour.

Step 4

Add the large chunks of potatoes to the pan and continue to cook for about 30 minutes more until the potatoes are slightly soft.

Step 5

Put the meat and potato mix into a large ovenproof dish, or individual ovenproof dishes, and cover with the shortcrust pasty.

Step 6

Make a few holes in the top of the pastry to let out steam, and brush the top with beaten egg, then place in a preheated 180C oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

Step 7

Serve with veg, or crusty bread to soak up the gravy juices!

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Be careful not to overcook the potatoes after adding to the meat mixture as you don't want them falling apart in the pie! This is one recipe when a nice big chunk of potato is called for - not a mushy falling apart one!

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