British Beef and Onion Pie

British Meat Pie

My Dad’s side of the family are from Great Britian.  I remembered about some recipes that I had from my grandmother thanks to my daughter in law, April, for reminding me with food post from your travels in England!  These meat pies are British classics and comfort food for the English. 


3 medium onions

2 carrots

2 celery ribs

2 sprigs rosemary

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 bay leaves

1 lb. ground beef, drained

1 teaspoon mustard

1 teaspoon Marmite, optional (Marmite is a salty, savory spread made from yeast extract that is popular in the United Kingdom and New Zealand)

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

3 cups beef broth

Prepared pie dough, 2 – 2×9 inch, refrigerated

1 large egg (or a splash of milk)

Beef Filling:

Peel and roughly chop the onions, carrots and celery.

Remove the rosemary leaves from the stalks and finely chop.

Put a large pan over high heat and add about 2 T. olive oil, all the chopped veggies, rosemary and bay leaves. Stir every minute for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies are softened and lightly colored.

Cook the ground beef and drain the fat off.

Stir in the ground beef and break up any large pieces.

Add the mustard, Marmite, Worcestershire sauce and 2 t. of flour.

Add the beef broth and bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down, put a lid on, and simmer for about an hour. Stir it ever so often. If at the end of the cook time the mixture is too soupy you can either thicken it with a little flour or simply use a slotted spoon to get the meat mixture out without any excess liquid.


Fill a large baking dish with the beef filling and let it cool.

Remove the pastry from the refrigerator 10 minutes before you need to roll it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Dust a clean work surface and a rolling pin with some flour and lay the pie dough one on top of the other. Fold in half and roll the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Once it’s large enough to cover the top of your serving dish, wind the pastry around your rolling pin and unroll it over the dish. Just patch up any rips or tears. Run a knife around the edge of the dish to trim off any extra dough.

Using a fork, press down all around the edge of the dough to crimp it closed.

Make a hole in the middle of the dough, using the tip of a knife.

Brush the top of the dough with the beaten egg (or milk).

Bake on the bottom rack of your preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp.

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