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East End Pie and Liquor    HT  MC  English   70mins



Serves 4   Hot  Beef  Meat  Herbs  Vegetables  Alcohol  Main Course  London  England  British  Europe




For the Pies
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Onion,  chopped
1 Garlic Clove, crushed

450g/1lb Minced Beef
2 tbsp Plain Flour
2 tbsp Tomato Purée
1 teasp English Mustard
300ml/10fl.oz.Brown ale or bitter (beer)
450g/1lb Puff or Shortcrust Pastry
Beaten egg to glaze

For the Liquor

25g/1oz Butter
25g /1oz Plain flour 
300ml/10fl.oz. Water 
4 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley

1 teasp Malt Vinegar
Salt and Pepper




1. Preheat the oven to 220C,  425F, Gas mark  7.  Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened.


2. Add the meat and brown, turning and breaking the meat up. 


3. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.


4. Add the tomato purée, mustard and brown ale, mix well, bring slowly to the boil then reduce the heat, cover then simmer for 20 minutes. 


5.  Transfer the mixture into 4 individual pie dishes and set aside.


6. Roll the pastry out to 6mm/1/4-inch then cut into quarters. Place each quarter over the filled pie dishes, trim the excess pastry and press firmly onto the dish.


7. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for 15-20  minutes until golden brown.


8. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and cook, stirring  for 1 minute.


9. Gradually add the water stirring well then bring to the boil, stirring constantly until cook until thickened. 


10. Add the parsley, vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.


11. To serve - transfer the cooked pies to serving plates and pour the liquor over the top. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes. 




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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

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