Monday, September 19, 2011

Steak and Stilton Pies and other stuff


Boy did I make a lot of stuff this weekend. Fall is in the air. It is beautiful and cool outside. Trees are just starting to change and apple cider and cider doughnuts are at all the farms. I couldn't help but get into the mood of cooking fallish type of stuff. I saw this Steak and Stilton Pie recipe in Saveur Magazine and knew I had to make it.


It takes time but nothing about it is difficult. It was nice smelling it cooking most the day.


At the same time I was boiling Apple Cider that we got at the farm. I was making Apple Cider Molasses. I got the recipe from Foodie with Family so you can mosey over there if you want the recipe.


The stove was working overtime. I also was making bitters for fun but that is a whole other post.


So back to the Steak and Stilton pie. There were vegetables.


There was beer. Some for the dish and some for Big Mama Janis.


Mushroom and stout taste good together. No really.


Ah how I love the Stilton. It isn't too Blue Cheesy. It is just right.


We didn't have 6" pie tins so used dol sot bi bim bap bowls and only made 2 instead of 4.


I gotta say that these really were good. Go ahead and make them on a cold Fall day.


Who are these children and why did I put them on a Steak and Stilton Pie post? Welllll, these are my 2 kids and my two nephews. This was when they were little. We took the same picture when they were much bigger.


Why am I sharing this? I don't know. Could be that I am just insane. Yeah, that is it. Old and insane. Insane and old.

Um. Ok, now that I confused you... Check out this video of my favorite baby in the entire world. His name is Parker and I am his Grammy.

Steak and Stilton Pie
Saveur Magazine - October 2011

Printable Version

1/4 C olive oil
1 1/4 lb beef chuck, cut into 1" cubes
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large yellow onions, sliced
2 ribs celery, thickly sliced
2 small carrots, thickly sliced
2 tbsp minced rosemary
1 12 oz bottle stout beer
1/4 C flour
2 C beef stock
2 tsp. mustard powder
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp unsalted butter
10 oz mushrooms, quartered
6 oz English Stilton, crumbled
1 10 oz package frozen peas
1 14 oz package puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten

1. Heat oil in an 8 qt saucepan over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, 10-12 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Add garlic onions, celery, carrots, and rosemary to pan; cook until soft, 10-12 minutes. Add beer; cook until almost dry, 18-20 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, until smooth. Return beef to pan along with stock, mustard, and bay leaf; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, coverd partially, until beef is barely tender, about 1 1/2 hours; set aside. Heat butter in a 10" skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until browned all over, about 8 minutes; stir into beef mixture along with cheese and peas.

2. Heat over to 375 F. Divide beef mixture among four 6" pie tins (12 oz. each). Roll pastry into a 14: square; cut out four 6" circles. Brush tin edges with egg; place 1 circle over each; press to seal. Cut slits into pastry; brush with egg. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes.


  1. I love the pie photo. 
    And. Apple cider molases. I should get on that. 

  2. Oh yum. this is perfect for a cool sunday afternoon. It's definitely on my list now. I've been waiting for the time to make that apple cider molasses as well. Did you use local, good cider, or did  you go for a more generic type since you were boiling it down? I keep going back and forth on which I should use.

  3. Mmmmm....these look delicious and that crust looks so beautiful and glossy!!!

    PS....cute update photo of your children and nephews :)

  4. I used the good stuff. I think it makes a difference.

  5. You had me at "...It takes time, but nothing about it is difficult" and the bit about the beer for big mama ha-ha. These look incredible and another dish that I must try. Your recipes are so full of flavor. I can see your cookbook now - Recipes from Big Mama Janis. I know it would be a best seller. Love the family pics...lucky "kids!" Parker is just adorable.

  6. You are amazing..I am enthralled by the Stilton pies and of course I am going to go all baby duckling on you and copy that apple cider molasses. Why didn't I know you when we both lived in Santa Monica??? We could have had sooo much fun

  7. Sounds great! We just made one with stout...check out our post coming soon!

  8. WOW!  This looks and sounds so good!  I made a beef and stilton sandwich once and love it, so I can't wait to make this recipe!

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.September 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    This looks wonderful, Janis! I'm so glad fall is here (well, not so much yet in FL), but the change in the season makes me want to live in my kitchen too. Btw, your grandson is so adorable!

  10. Parker is too cute!!! This steak and stilton pie looks amazing!! Perfect for fall!

  11. The video is just too cute! Amazing how kids learn language. Yes, he was saying 'nana for banana… How do they do that? 

  12. That video makes me miss my Itty Bitty being that little. Amazing how quick the time flies. Now he's a toddler. Pouty lip. He's such a cutie. The pie looks so delicious. Perfect recipe for the changing of seasons.

  13. Ha! Love the idea of recreating the poses in a picture from years ago. What a great idea! Steak and stilton, btw...great combination.

  14. Awww! Parker is so adorable!  And I LOVE the Annie, Al, Ev and Paulie shots.  I can't find mine.  Can you email these pictures, Sis.  I miss those babies :(  Have fun at Annie's (Wish I were there).
    Love you...

  15. All right the pie looks good, but Parker is SO cute!  I sometimes miss that age...