Steak and Guinness Pie

Forget the corned beef and cabbage, next year try this Steak and Guinness Pie which delighted the St. Patrick’s Day revelers on Cape Cod.  Served with a glass of Guinness or Smithwick’s Irish Ale and followed by a thick slice of Bailey’s cheesecake with a hot Irish coffee, this meal could not have been better.  Even if you are not Irish by birth, you will be Irish by the end of this meal.  Slainte!

Steak and Guinness Pie
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
2 lbs. round steak, cubed
1 Tbsp.  flour
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. brown sugar
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 cups of sliced carrots
4 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/2 pint Guinness
8 slices of Irish bacon
chopped parsley
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed

Directions:
Roll the round steak in the flour seasoned with salt & pepper.
Cook the bacon in an ovenproof skillet & break into pieces.  Add the steak to the skillet and brown.
Saute onions and mushrooms in butter until golden and add to the saucepan.
Cook carrots for 2 minutes and add to the saucepan.
Add the sugar and the Guinness.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 2 hours,
Stir occasionally, adding a little more Guinness if sauce thickens too much,
Line a deep pie plate with half  of the pastry and bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes,
Add Guinness and beef mixture from the saucepan and cover with the top layer of pastry,
Bake for 10 more minutes, or until brown.

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