Beef And Guinness Pie…An Irish Tradition

Each year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, people all over the world are planning on how they will celebrate this Irish saint’s day. Whether you were born in Ireland, have Irish ancestors or are one of the people who wish they were Irish for just one day, food and drink usually play a part in the celebrations. Beef and Guinness Pie…an Irish tradition in pubs across the lovely Emerald Isle is an excellent dish to enjoy on the holiday or any other time when you want a hearty and flavorful meal. You can serve this dish with colcannon, champ, or buttery mashed potatoes to soak up some of the rich gravy. After eating this meal, you might want to get up from the table and dance an Irish jig.

Beef And Guinness Pie

Beef And Guinness Pie

Beef and Guinness pie might not be the first dish that you would think of preparing for  St. Patrick’s day. If you are an American, you might automatically think of making the traditional dish of corned beef and cabbage to celebrate the day. I love it and prepare it at least once a year…yes, typically on St. Patrick’s day. It is an Irish-American tradition but not actually a Irish one. A meal that would be similar and perhaps found on the kitchen table in homes in the Irish countryside might be a “bacon joint” which is similar to Canadian bacon that is cooked with boiled cabbage and potatoes.

Beef cooked with the famous Irish stout is an easy dish that requires little work.  The meat is braised in the oven, slow simmered on the stove top or cooked in a crock pot until the meat is fork tender. The resulting hearty beef stew can be served as is. It can also be placed in a casserole dish, pie plate or individual gratin dishes, topped with a flaky pastry or puff pastry and baked for a delicious beef and Guinness pie. For another way to serve this stew, you can go over to my friend Conor Bofin’s blog for his version.

Beef And Guinness Stew Ready For Its Pastry Top

Beef And Guinness Stew Ready For Its Pastry Top

Beef and Guinness Pie

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

  • 1 or 2 strips of bacon, chopped
  • several Tbsp. of oil, if needed
  • 1 1/2 lb. of lean beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • flour seasoned with plenty of pepper and salt for dusting the meat
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bottle of Guinness or other stout
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 1 carrot cut in half plus 2 carrots diced
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pie dough or puff pastry, your favorite recipe or store bought
  • egg wash (optional)

Cook the bacon in a large ovenproof pot or casserole over medium heat until brown and the fat has been rendered. Remove the bacon and set it aside but leave the bacon fat in the pot. Put the seasoned flour in a bag along with the beef, seal and shake to coat the meat. Add the beef in batches to the pot and sear until brown, adding oil if necessary. Remove to a bowl. Add the onion to the pot and cook slowly until they are soft and caramelized. Add the garlic, tomato paste, and the Worcestershire sauce, stir well and cook for one minute. Add in the Guinness, beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, carrot halves, celery stalk and the reserved bacon and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and place in the oven and let braise for about one and a half hours until just tender. Take out of the oven and throw away the carrot halves, celery stalk and bay leaves. Add the mushrooms and diced carrots and return to the oven uncovered. Cook for approximately 15 or 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

Remove from the oven and pour into a deep pie plate, casserole dish or individual gratin dishes and let cool slightly. Place chilled pie dough on top, make a few slits, brush with egg wash, if using. Place in a preheated 425 degree oven and bake until golden brown about 10 to 15 minutes.*

*The stew can be prepared a day earlier. Top with the pie dough just before serving and bake for 15 minutes. I like to prepare a herbed pie dough, bake it separately, and then place on top of the pie and heat in the oven for about 5 minutes.

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This pie, will certainly win over your taste buds. It doesn’t matter if you care for Guinness or not, the stout’s slightly bitter and chocolate flavor when cooked with the other ingredients creates a rich taste that you will enjoy. You will understand why this beef and Guinness pie is an Irish tradition that can be found in most pubs…at least on St. Patrick’s day.

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206 Responses to Beef And Guinness Pie…An Irish Tradition

  1. Great, delicious shot of that stew!

  2. What a wonderful pie, Karen. And just right for the wintry spell we’re having in UK at the moment!

  3. Karen we love traditional Irish food and this is one we will be trying. Of course we eat the American traditional corned beef too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I agree with you on both counts. We had this pie last night and I’m preparing corned beef on Sunday. That is a win, win as far as I’m concerned.

  4. ladyfi says:

    I’m vegetarian, but I’m sure the pie is nice…

  5. This recipe sounds so very, very wonderful. Your presentation was award winning. How marvelous……….I am quite impressed. Started my day out so very happy and postitive!

  6. Tandy says:

    I much prefer my Guinness cooked into a dish :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, I have to agree with you. Now my husband on the other hand, likes his Guinness in a glass as well as in a recipe. It really gives this dish so much flavor

  7. TheLittleGSP says:

    This looks wonderful! I was looking for a new dish to try on St. Patrick’s Day… this may be it!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Annie, for your nice compliment. I agree that it is nice to have several different meals that we can prepare on St. Patrick’s day. I think you would enjoy the pie.

  8. sybaritica says:

    I’m not sure I could actually get the Guiness *into* the Pie :)

  9. Your meal looks absolutely beautiful Karen! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your husband!

  10. Not surprisingly, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I have a kitchen full of ingredients for a Guiness and beef stew. Hope to post today, but the best laid plans….

    Your recipe certainly is traditional pub food – particularly with the ever-present peas (mashed, smashed or otherwise). Looks delicious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. This truly is a dish that you would find in most Irish pubs…right down to the peas. Thank you for your comment and enjoy the stew.

  11. You had me at Guiness…but then I was lost again with beef and peas. The pie does look yummy though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather, You will just have to enjoy the Guinness sans the beef…it is not easy being Vegan sometimes. You can make my Vegan version of green coconut curry. Oh wait…you don’t eat peas! Just enjoy a Guinness on Sunday and wear something green. :)

  12. Karen Harris says:

    I can just taste it! Beautiful looking pie and I love the little shamrock on top.

  13. Mad Dog says:

    It looks like a 6 leaf clover on top of the pastry – that pie must be very lucky ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, The shamrock only has three leaves…that is the curve of the three leaves. It was more distinguishable before it was baked. I guess I’ll have to practice my leaf carving in dough a little more. :) As far as lucky…that was in the eating of it. Thank you for your comment.

  14. Years ago, when I worked at the Meat Market, I had a customer from Ireland who shopped with us regularly. One year, I asked her what her Truly Irish household ate on St Patrick’s Day… She blushed, and said that her husband loved corned beef and cabbage so much, that she made it every year!
    She *did* make everyone go to church that day, though – just so they didn’t forget what the day really was :)
    Your pie is picture-perfect!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, Thank you for sharing your story. I think must men love corned beef and cabbage…plus the corned beef sandwiches and corned beef hash that comes from the leftovers. I’m happy that you liked the pie…thank you for your lovely compliment.

  15. Great dish. I love pies like that. Yours looks to be a Rolls Royce amongst pies.

  16. Monique says:

    My husband LOVES this dish:) Yours turned out so well Karen..

  17. viveka says:

    One of our best seller on the menu – and it goes for the whole of UK too. Not that found of the dish – have eaten too much of it – but it’s a very hearty and comforting dish … we used any ale.
    Your’s look fantastic!!! Big chunks of meat. For be true Irish you should have served it with Champ – mash potatoes with spring onion and butter. Very nice. Paddy’s day is really one of the few holidays I really like. Love post again, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I’m happy that you liked the meal…thank you for your lovely compliment. I have to agree with you about this being a very popular dish. There is the old story about “best laid plans”…I had the spring onion but forgot about putting it in the potatoes until I was adding the photo to my post. Well, champ will be for another time I guess. :)

  18. Tessa says:

    Looks wonderful Karen! Perfect for dinner this Sunday evening!

  19. Ahh..pie and colcannon is a meal that makes the Irish smile. But you do need to do the Jig after that meal, lol. The meat looks super tender and yummy. Beautiful!

    • Karen says:

      I have to agree with you on both points, Mary. This is a meal that will make the Irish smile and yes…a little jig afterwards won’t hurt. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. Eva Taylor says:

    Thanks for the lovely recipe, Karen, your finished pie looks amazing. I was just over at Colin’s blog and I must say how serendipitous because I found my recipe for Sunday dinner (St. Patrick’s day), his seafood chowder — I even have some seafood broth in my freezer from the time I made Provençal Fish Soup! I know, bad planning on my part as we had JT’s Moroccan Braised Beef last Sunday with left overs over two lunches this week. I only like to serve beef at the most once per week, so we’ve over-done it! I know JT would love this recipe so I will bookmark it for another time.

  21. karen says:

    THis looks sooo good! You’re right we lean toward the cornbeef and cabbage with Irish Soda bread, However my husband would love this instead. thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. My husband really enjoyed the pie as I think most men would. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  22. That photo is just so perfect and beautiful that I don’t think I’d want to cut into it…well, maybe I’d have to. This does look like a winner though & I will be Irish for a day.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Diane, for your kind words. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m glad you will be Irish for a day…enjoy.

  23. Not sure which looks more appealing – the image of the intact pie with the mashers or the stew served up – looks delicious!

  24. This looks SO good! I will definitely try it!!

  25. dishinwithdidi says:

    This looks and sounds fantastic Karen!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! ♥ I am going to link you from my FB page!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much Didi, for your very nice compliment. I really do appreciate that you linked it on your Facebook page…that is so kind of you.

  26. Looks delicious:) I have made chicken pot pie before, so this should not be too difficult to make. Happy Thursday – thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Renee, The pie was every bit as good as it looks. You are right…this is a simple dish to prepare. If you want, you can make the stew one day and put it together the next. Thank you for your compliment and wish. I hope you have a great day as well.

  27. Susan says:

    My husband was just asking me to make corned beef last night so it certainly is a ‘guy thing’ :) I think your Beef and Guiness pie looks wonderful. I don’t like Guiness on its own but added to dishes like this it adds a wonderful flavor. Love your crust!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I agree that corned beef is a “guy thing” as I think they dream of the sandwiches and hash that are made with the leftovers. My husband loves Guinness but I’m not so crazy about it but as you said…cooking with it is another story. It really does add so much flavor to what it is going into. Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad you liked the crust.

  28. Excellent food styling on the 2nd photo – love the carrot triangle and mushroom garnish! And an excellent recipe. I’ve had this (or something similar) before, but it’s a dish I’ve never made. Looks terrific! And how can you go wrong with Guinness? Lovely recipe, fun post — thanks so much.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, John. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos and recipe. The stew or pie…how every you have it, is so good.

  29. Gorgeous! I have put this on my “must try” list.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kitchen Adventure, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I hope you will enjoy the recipe when you try it.

  30. First, Happy Patrick’s Day (on Sunday), Karen.
    Wow, So many great recipes each day, and not a stomach big enough to eat them all. I guess, one can dream/pretend that she had this fabulous meal.I appreciate your quality posts, one after another. :D

  31. flavorsofthesun says:

    This looks like comfort food at its best. And your presentation looks wonderful. Lovely way to celebrate St. Pat’s.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, I have to agree with you about the pie being true comfort food. I’m happy that you liked my presentation…thank you for the compliment.

  32. Hi karen. I’m so pleased you posted your beef & guinness pie recipe, We have French friends coming for lunch on Sunday and I was wondering what to cook. I have some individual terracotta dishes so that will be a nice way of serving it, especially with the mashed potatoes with spring onions ( what did you call that) never served mash like that before. The whole recipe sounds great, so I hope it tastes as delicious as yours looks , A nice simple dish to impress my French friends ( lovely pictures) Enjoy your St Patrick’s day .
    Barbara Lilian

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, I’m happy to know that my post for the beef and Guinness pie was timely. I’m thrilled that you want to make this for your friends. I hope that all of you will enjoy the dish. The mashed potatoes with the spring onions is called champ. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish. I hope you have a nice day as well with your friends.

  33. omg…I want some beef and guinness stew!! It looks unbelievably delicious!

  34. This pie looks utterly gorgeous, so golden and yum :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Uru, for your sweet compliment. I know that you are a vegetarian but you always have a kind word about my non vegetarian meals and they are very much appreciated.

  35. A_Boleyn says:

    OMG!!! That looks amazing. I made a cream of leek soup and Irish soda bread as my nods to the holiday though I did it early cause I have been putting off making pulled pork for tamales. (Finally started it today and hope to do the tamales tomorrow).

    http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/132305.html

    Would beef shank work in this instead of the chuck. Though since I’d have to go and buy some Guiness, and the LCBO is across the street from the city market … (hmmm… busy thinking)

    Darn you… more cooking ahead. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, Thank you for your nice compliment. I know that your carrot and leek soup must have been terrific with the soda bread. I think whatever cut of meat you decide on you need a cut of beef that will be tender and retain its shape after the cooking as it is the star of the show.

  36. Karen, yum! My boys love pie, they’d devour this one! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I do think that this is a dish that all guys should enjoy…I hope your boys will like it. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  37. I was looking for a little St. Patrick’s Day inspiration and think you’ve nailed it. The stew looks amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Renee, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. This really is a delicious dish not only for St. Patrick’s Day but anytime you want a hearty and delicious meal. I look forward to your return.

  38. Karen: This dish looks delicious and makes my mouth water. Dianne

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dianne, So nice to know one of my faithful readers names…much nicer than just calling you Southern. I’m happy that you like this dish…it really is delicious. I appreciate your nice compliment, as always.

  39. Emilie says:

    I am definitely going to have to add this the list of dishes I make for my St. Pat’s day parties. I love that it doesn’t have potatoes in or on top of it, so that folks can still have my colcannon! To night is Irish soda bread night… have to get it all prepped and ready before Sunday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emilie, No potatoes in this recipe as I think if you want them, they should be served on the side. Colcannon, champ or mashed potatoes are delicious for soaking up the juices. Of course…your soda bread would be delicious for that purpose, as well.

  40. Eha says:

    Well, as far as I am concerned there should be Guiness in the pie and Guiness in the glass! Totally unbalanced and unreasonable otherwise :) ! Love the look and am sure would love the hearty taste. It does look so appetizing with the beautiful crust on, but, being me I would probably have it as a warming stew!! Yes, colcannon and champ have been on quite a few blogs, but for me the new one from that genre was rumbledethumps!! [OK, Scottisk, so perhaps not for St Pat's!].

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, My husband would totally agree with you…he loves Guinness whether it is in the glass, in a recipe or alongside a meal like this. I think this dish is delicious whether served as a stew or with the crust and served as a pie. I know I would love rumbledethumps as I’m a real potato lover.

  41. That’s the prettiest beef and Guinness pie I’ve seen!

  42. wok with ray says:

    My goodness. I can’t get over the photo of that stew. Seriously, I have to scroll a few times to take a glimpse of it. Delicious, Karen! :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ray, for your kind compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photo. I have to say that the stew is as good as it looks.

  43. I am of Irish descent and my birthday is on St Patrick’s Day so I should love Guinness but I actually prefer it in a recipe like this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, First let my wish you a wonderful birthday on Sunday! How fun to be of Irish decent and be born on St. Patrick’s Day. I agree with you about how good the stew is using the Guinness.

  44. Like many I’m not a fan of drinking Guinness but cooked with beef…well, it really shines doesn’t it? Love your pie, will have to make this next week I think…and am just dusting off my dancing shoes for dancing that jig ;)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, I think there is a lot of us that prefer the Guinness cooked in recipes. It certainly makes the beef in this pie delicious. I hope you and Big Man enjoy the pie.

  45. This looks outstanding! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Lovely post Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anne, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. This is a good recipe for St. Patrick’s Day…I’m glad you like it.

  46. What a beautiful savory pie, I love the shamrock!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Laura. I’m happy that you like the pie. I thought the shamrock was a fun addition to the pie for St. Patrick’s Day.

  47. Ali says:

    What a great looking pie! Happy St Pat’s day!

  48. Larry says:

    It looks delicious as just the stew, but I’d definitely have to add the crust. The potatoes with the melting butter look awefully good as well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, Thank you for your nice compliment. I agree with you that the stew is delicious but the crust really makes it special. The buttery potatoes make it a perfect meal as far as I’m concerned…I’m a real potato girl. :)

  49. Karen I love the beef and Guinness combination, even thought I don’t like the taste of Guinness as a drink. I usually make it as a casserole but you have inspired me to add a pasty top next time I make it. I love your pastry shamrock. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, I’m hope you have an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day as well. I’m with you and a lot of others about preferring Guinness cooked in a recipe instead of a drink. Now as far as my husband is concerned…it is his favorite beer. I’m happy that you liked the pastry top and shamrock…it thought it made the dish special for the holiday.

  50. Amy says:

    what a gorgeous pie! I love a good beef stew :)

  51. Purely.. Kay says:

    Your beef looks so darn tender and so darn scrumptious. If only I could i could have this for lunch lol.

  52. megtraveling says:

    I shouldn’t be looking at this around lunchtime – it’s really making me hungry! Great recipe… :)

  53. afracooking says:

    This stew looks absolutely amazing! And such a beautiful flaky crust!

  54. Karen, what a perfectly lovely looking savory Pie to celebrate St. Patrick´s Day! I have never tasted a Beef and Guiness Pie and your recipe sounds so tempting…I would love to have a taste. Your presentation is wonderful with that clover leaf cut-out on top of the Pie!
    Have a great weekend and enjoy St. Patrick´s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, I think you would enjoy this dish…it was delicious. I’m happy to know that you liked the shamrock addition to the pastry. Thank you for your compliment and wish. I hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

  55. Norma Chang says:

    Did not know what colcannon was, googled to learn, thanks. Good looking stew but adding the crust elevated to another level, beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, Thank you so much for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that you liked how a pastry crust can take a stew to a whole other level. I made the colcannon last year to serve with my corned beef and cabbage. The link for my post The Luck Of The Irish tells how I prepared it.

  56. - Maybe I should be ashamed of myself as I’m not intending on doing a St. Patrick’s Day post. And I grew up in N. Ireland! Ouch, you’re all putting me to shame.
    - Delicious recipe. I’ve had something similar made by my eldest sister whilst visiting. However, I never drink draught Guinness outside of Ireland. It’s actually a different brew, and so much better.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, I really appreciate your compliment. I’m happy that you like my recipe for beef and Guinness pie…especially from someone that grew up in Ireland. I have read that Guinness is not the same outside of Ireland…thank you for confirming that.

  57. lulu says:

    My time clock is so screwed up I haven’t even thought about St. Patrick’s Day when we usually have corned beef and cabbage. Maybe I should change it up and try your recipe. Beer and beef sound like a winner to me.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, What a nice surprise to hear from you…welcome back from your trip. I know that you must be having a hard time adjusting to the time change and appreciate that you took the time to stop by. I do think that you would enjoy the recipe…it is delicious. Whatever you decide to prepare, I hope you have a nice day.

  58. right up my alley! wonderful post

  59. Michelle says:

    Looks quite delicious, Karen.

  60. ChgoJohn says:

    Just recently, I bookmarked a recipe for Guinness stew from, get this, an Italian website, of all places. I trust you and your recipes far more, so, I think I’ll be discarding that bookmark. The photo of your stew, waiting for its pastry crown, is about as delectable as a stew can be. And you certainly can decorate your pastry, something that I’ve yet to learn. This is a great recipe, Karen. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, for your kind words. It is a real compliment that you are bookmarking the recipe. The leftover stew that didn’t go into the pie was even better the next day. I’m not worried about you having any problems decorating the pastry…with all the great meals you have prepared.

  61. petit4chocolatier says:

    Karen, this dish looks absolutely comforting and delicious! Very beautiful my dear :)

  62. gotasté says:

    Oh my! Karen. I am starving looking at your photos! I really need to make this. I’ve never tried a pie dough before but its time. And the beef in Guinness is driving me crazy.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Danny, Anyone who can bake bread like you do, will have no trouble making pastry. I do think you would enjoy the pie…it was delicious. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  63. It looks fabulous – comfort food at it’s finest. Love the pretty pastry on top too.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, I have to agree with you about this being a comforting meal. I’m happy that you like the dish and the pastry topping. Thank you for your compliment.

  64. Mary says:

    It’s 7:12 a.m. & I want to dig into that pie, potatoes & peas! How delicious does that look, I’ll bet it tasted even better!

    I’m going to settle for tea & Irish soda bread!

    Sláinte!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, Thank you for your nice compliment. Your are right…it does taste as good as it looks. Irish soda bread and a cup of tea sounds like the proper thing to enjoy early in the morning.

  65. Joanne says:

    This is the perfect traditional comfort food for St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, I do have to agree with you about this being a traditional meal enjoyed my many on St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for your nice comment.

  66. I love lifting the lid off the top of a pie and seeing what’s underneath! Especially when it sounds as good as this :D

  67. This looks wonderful. I always make corned beef and cabbage. But I have leftover Guinness and I do love a good pie.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gregg, I’m glad you like the pie…thank you for your nice compliment. I think this is a pie that you would enjoy anytime of the year.

  68. Beth says:

    This looks wonderful – a perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

  69. perfect for the luck-o-the-irish, and a nice change from the traditional corned beef and cabbage.
    love how you styled the pie! happy saint patrick’s day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, I do think it is nice to have a few dishes in our repertoire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I’m happy that you like the shamrock decoration on the pie…thank you for your nice compliment.

  70. twbarritt says:

    Now that pie would make for an excellent, and very lucky celebration!

  71. Daniela says:

    Lovely blog, great stories and delicious recipes!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daniela, Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m always happy when a new reader enjoys a post or one of my recipes. I appreciate your nice compliment.

  72. Carolyn Chan says:

    Happy St Pat’s Day ! Everybody loves a pie and beef and Guinness is such a great combination. Your pie looks gorgeous !

  73. Now this is a dish I’d love to celebrate St Patty’s day with! It’s still cold, frosty and snowing here, so a steaming slice of this pie tomorrow would be just the best! I think you make the prettiest pie crust I’ve seen! Happy St Patrick’s Day!! xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Barb, for your nice compliment…I’m happy that you liked the pie crust. The weather is very cold here too, with between 6 and 10 inches of snow forecasted to start off this week. Warming dishes like this pie are very welcome at this time of the year.

  74. Happy St Pattys day Karen. Beautiful little pie and that photo of the beef before you put it in the pie crust says it all. I think I might have to do the Irish dig all night to burn off these calories but it sure looks good.

    • Karen says:

      Happy St. Pattys to you as well, Bobbi. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photo of the beef stew before it’s pastry top went on. The experts say that we need at least twenty minutes of exercise everyday…so a little jig works. :)

  75. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I love the shamrock on the top of the crust, and the Guinness in the sauce sounds delightful.

  76. This looks incredibly fantastic, Karen! Doesn’t get any more Irish or delicious! Absolutely lovely!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I do think this traditional Irish dish is delicious…I’m glad you agree.

  77. mjskit says:

    Now that’s a delicious looking plate of food!!! Hope you’re having a great St. Patrick’s Day!

  78. Amy says:

    Beautiful presentation! Looks delicious!

  79. Jerry says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day – glad to hear it mentioned that corned beef and boiled cabbage isn’t really an Italian thing at all. The beef and Guinness pie looks like a far better celebratory meal.

  80. rsmacaalay says:

    Thats what I call a comfort meal, all you need is a big glass of stout

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, The beef and Guinness pie is a very comforting meal and a glass of stout served alongside makes my husband very happy. Thank you for your compliment.

  81. I LOVE beef and Guinness pie! It’s so hearty and comforting. Yours looks very delicious!

  82. Misky says:

    I have never cooked with Guinness, although I have used it in yeasted dough. I must give this a try. Thanks, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Misky, I think that the Guinness gives so much depth of flavor to the stew used in the pie. I think you will like using it in certain dishes.

  83. cabinet stew says:

    A fine rendition indeed! And a timely one as I have all caught up on my blog reading just in time for the St. Patty’s day hangover on the streets of Boston! (not mine thankfully!)

  84. It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day for me to try making this. My hubby will LOVE it. When you make the herbed pie dough and bake it ahead of time, do you cut it in the shape and size of your serving dish and then bake for 15-20 minutes? Just checking.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Geni, It sounds like your husband is just like mine…he loved this dish and could eat it anytime. To make the crust ahead…put the serving dish on top of the rolled out crust and use for a pattern, cutting the pastry a little larger. Roll the edge under a little and crimp. Bake it until it starts to turn golden…about 10 minutes and then cool on a wire rack. When you a ready to serve…heat the stew, place in the serving dish, top with the crust and bake for 5 minutes. It is my preferred way of making a meat pie as the crust is so flaky. I hope your husband enjoys the pie and thank you for your lovely compliment.

  85. Sissi says:

    The only times I use Guinness in the kitchen is when I make my favourite gingerbread, but it sounds equally logical in this beef pie. It looks simply irresistible!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, Guinness plays such an important role in this dish as I’m sure it does in your gingerbread. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  86. Oh man, I should’ve checked your blog before the holiday. This recipe is going on the must make list!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, I’m glad that you like the beef and Guinness pie recipe. The nice thing about this dish is that it is welcomed anytime during the cool weather. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  87. Very nicely done, Karen. Great recipe and beautiful photos. I love that you detail variations off the recipe depending upon what you want. This is a real keeper.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Richard, for your very nice compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos and recipes. I do like to give readers options on how they can serve recipes.

  88. I missed St. Paddy’s Day with too many “other” plans and being under the weather, but I’m so glad I didn’t miss this recipe! I’m not a big fan of corned beef, and this would actually be delicious any time! It’s beautiful with that top crust. I absolutely know I’ll be making this one! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I’m sorry that you haven’t been feeling well. You are right, the pie is nice anytime and I think you will enjoy it. Take care and thank you for your nice compliment.

  89. Jasline says:

    Looks really delicious! Love the idea of serving them in a pie… It will be so decadent!

  90. I love meat pies! I’m one of those Americans who may have an Irish last name, but it’s only by marriage – I’m mostly Scottish, actually. But, yes, even my Scottish mother made Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day – and so do I! A couple years ago I added Irish Soda Bread – no sure how “Irish” it is, but it seems to be turning up everywhere in the US these days, come March 17th. I’m frightened of yeast, so Irish Soda Bread comes easy to me and makes excellent toast the next day! Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!

  91. canalcook says:

    Looks great. I usually make beef and guinness stew, too lazy to make a pie topping. Thanks for an authentic Irish recipe! Hope you had a nice Paddy’s day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lacey, We had a lovely day…I hope you did as well. I’m glad that you liked the recipe…thank you. Beef and Guinness stew is terrific and adding the crust just made it a little special.

  92. I’ve been wanting to make this for so so long. Love stew. Loove Guinness. Looove Pie. !!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I think you will enjoy this the beef pie. It is flavorful and comforting.

  93. An all time favourite and the most pie worthy filling I know. A very happy and belated St Paddy’s day and here’s hoping lots of rainbows follow you with big pots of gold for the year :)

  94. Adri says:

    What a wonderful dish! It certainly was THE one for St. Patrick’s Day (I am a bit late to the party here.) And your pie is beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ardi, for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. The beef and Guinness Pie is perfect for St. Patrick’s day or any time you want a comforting meal.

  95. lvaletutto says:

    Wow, what a great looking pie. I love savory pies! For some reason they seem to be much more popular in the UK and Ireland than in the States. Thanks for sharing this wonderful pie recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Laura, for your nice compliment…the beef and Guinness pie is delicious. I think you are right about savory pies not being too popular. I think it only takes eating something like this to change peoples minds.

  96. That looks absolutely amazing! I love the idea of savory individual one-serving pies!

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