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Steak and Ale Pie


The winter months always has me craving comfort foods including this Steak & Ale Pie. My friend, David Ort is quite the beer expert in Canada and has gone on to publish The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. I asked David to share a fitting recipe for the season and I seriously can’t wait to try this Steak & Ale Pie recipe on the weekend.

By: David Ort

What inspired this dish?

In general, with my cookbook’s recipes I wanted to introduce readers to new ideas. For the cases, like the steak and ale pie, where we were cooking from the back catalogue of beer-food classics there had to be at least a couple stand-out techniques or ingredients that I thought would add something. The obvious one here is the cheesy biscuit topping (leavened partly with beer) that is miles easier than making a traditional pie crust. Adding pickled onions to the beef stew half of the pie is more subtle, but also more essential to the recipe. The added acidity really brightens an otherwise fairly rich dish and also helps support the brown ale pairing. (more…)