Beef, Mushroom, and Guinness Pie


3 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 tablespoons oil, divided
7 shallots, sliced thin
1/3 cup flour
2 cups Guinness (or other stout, ale, or dark beer)
2 cups beef stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2-1/4 cups halved baby carrots
1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed briefly under cold water
3 large portobello mushroom caps, chopped medium
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried)
1-1/2 cups frozen small green peas
Piecrust to cover 13x9-inch pan
Egg wash: 1 whole egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water


Trim excess fat from beef. Put cubed beef in a bowl and toss with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add half the cubed meat and sear until browned on all sides; remove with slotted spoon and place in a separate bowl. Add rest of oil to Dutch oven and repeat steps with second batch of meat.

Turn heat down to medium; add shallots to pan and cook until golden. Add flour and cook 3 minutes, then add Guinness, stock, tomato paste, and brown sugar. Cook 1 minute, then return meat to pan along with carrots and porcini mushrooms. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to medium low and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir in portobello mushrooms, thyme, and peas; cook 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Pour into baking dish and let cool in refrigerator. When filling has cooled slightly, roll out crust. Lay crust over filling, folding edges over as needed. Brush crust generously with egg wash, cut steam vents, and bake 35 to 40 minutes, until crust is golden brown.


8 to 10 servings

Preparation Time

40 Minutes

Total Time

120 Minutes


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I altered this somewhat by

I altered this somewhat by leaving out the mushrooms and adding 5 or 6 medium-sized potatoes instead. I also used 2 extra cups of water in order to cook the potatoes, letting it come to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes to cook down and thicken before putting it into the baking dish and adding the crust.

It came out spectacularly and was one of the most popular dishes at my house this past Thanksgiving! The Guinness really makes it tasty and savory, and if you add herbs to the pie crust, it's even better.