Food - Meat Recipes

All kinds of delicious meat, stews and potjiekos recipes from South Africa and the world

Beef And Onion Pie

Beef And Onion Pie

A really simple and hearty pie – serve it with a green salad and you’ve got a delicious mid-week dinner!


15 g butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 bay leaves
400 g minced beef
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 cups of beef stock
a glug of dry white wine
cracked black pepper
200 g puff pastry
1 egg, whisked


Preheat the oven to 190°C.

Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat.

Melt the butter and sauté the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and rosemary.

Fry until the onions are golden and soft, then add the tomato paste and bay leaves.

Add a glug of white wine to deglaze the pan.

Stir through the mince and fry for another 10 minutes.

Finally, add the beef stock, black pepper, bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce.

Simmer for about 15 minutes to reduce the sauce by a third. Take it off the heat and leave to cool down for five minutes.

The trick to a good pie filling is to make sure that it’s juicy, but not drowning in sauce.

Scoop the mince into a pie dish then set aside.

Roll out the pastry and then place it over the pie dish.

Trim off the edges of the pastry and make sure the pie is sealed all the way around.

Brush whisked egg over the pastry and cut a slit into the centre of the pie – this is where the steam will escape from while it’s baking.

If you want to you can use the pastry trimmings to make decorative shapes for the top of the pie – and if you do, make sure you brush these with egg wash as well.

Pop the pie into the preheated oven and bake for about 30 – 40 minutes, or until the pastry is crispy and golden brown on top.

Serve with a fresh green salad.

About 20 minutes preparation time
About 1 hour cooking time
Serves 4


If you want to, you can turn this pie into a cottage pie. Simply replace the puff pastry with mashed potatoes instead. YUMMY!

Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Keep up with us on Pinterest Join our Google Plus circle Join us on Tumblr