4 tbsp groundnut oil
500g stewing steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large Onion
1 Large Garlic
1 Stick of Celery chopped
bunch fresh herbs, such as thyme or marjoram
2 tbsp plain flour
300ml beef stock
1 tbsp tomato purée
splash Worcestershire sauce
100g mushrooms sliced
500g of ready made pastry
1 egg yolk,
Heat half the oil in a shallow pan and brown the beef all over. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in a casserole dish. Add the onion, carrot, celery and herbs and fry gently for a few minutes to soften.
Stir in the flour and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the stock, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
Add the browned meat to the pan, cover the pan and cook over low heat until the meat is tender – up to 2 hours.
Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook for a further 10 minutes over a medium heat on the hob.
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.
Pour the pan contents into an ovenproof dish. Roll out the pastry to the size of the pie dish. Lay it over the pie and crimp the edges. Prick all over and brush with egg yolk.
Bake the pie in the oven for 35 minutes. Serve with mash and veg.