Cornish Pasties with Beer Gravy
35 minutes bake time
Blogger: Helen Graves Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com. This Friday Night crowd pleaser is the ideal feast for a hungry family gathering.
For the pasties:
- 500g Jus-Rol™ Shortcrust Pastry Block
- 200g beef skirt, diced
- 150g waxy potatoes, diced to the same size as the beef
- 150g swede, diced to the same size as the beef
- 1 onion peeled and diced
- 1 egg, beaten with a splash of milk, to glaze
- freshly ground salt and white and black pepper
For the beer gravy:
- 2 onions, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 100ml good quality beer stock
- 200ml strong ale
- a sprig of fresh thyme, leaves picked
- a pinch of sugar
- 30g butter
- freshly ground salt and pepper
- Pastry Brush
- Large bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Baking tray
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
- In a large bowl, mix together the diced beef and vegetables, seasoning really well, particularly with pepper (a mixture of black and white pepper is nice here).
- Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 5mm and cut out circles to make either two large pasties or four smaller ones (using dinner plates or side plates as guides).
- Divide the filling between the pastry discs, placing on one half of each circle, leaving a gap at the edge to seal. Top each filling with a knob of butter.
- Brush around the edges of the pastry with the egg wash and then fold over the free half of pastry to cover the filling. Crimp the edges together to seal, and pierce a small hole in the top of each pasty.
- Transfer the pasties to a baking tray, brush all over with the egg wash and cook for 30–35 minutes, or until golden brown.
- For the beer gravy, melt the butter gently in a frying pan and add the sliced onions. Cook very gently until golden (this can take up to 30 minutes), adding the garlic once the onions are nearly ready.
- Add the stock, ale, thyme leaves and sugar and bring to the boil. Continue to cook until slightly reduced and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the pasties hot from the oven with the gravy.