Beef and vegetable pot pies

Beef, vegetable and caramelized onion pot pies

The weather is colder and this makes it a perfect time for a Winter warming pot pie , rich in flavours and goodness.  Using inexpensive cuts of meat and vegetables this recipe is great for those on a budget, combined with the deliciously rich crisp pastry made with suet,  flour and water .


  Beef suet is classically used in English Pot Pies and  I have used  it here as a crispy baked pastry.  Its flavor is richer than normal pastry and is perfect for a beef pie.  Inexpensive, delicious and nutritious – try it for a  wholesome winter meal.

Pot-pie-meat Pot-pie-pastry Pot-pies

Beef, vegetable and caramelized onion pot pies
Recipe type: savory
Serves: 6
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This recipe makes 6 small pot pies
  • 1 Knorr Beef stock pot
  • 1 block 150g beef suet
  • 1 punnet PnP soup mix
  • 500g beef shin
  • ¼ cup PnP white wine vinegar
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 500ml water
  • for the pastry:
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 150g finely chopped beef suet
  • +/- ¼ cup ice cold water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Cut the meat off the bone and chop into cubes and toss in 2 Tablespoons flour and salt and pepper.
  2. Roast the bones until the marrow has browned
  3. Slice the onion and fry in 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil until soft. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and ¼ cup white wine vinegar and allow to cook slowly and caramalise. Set aside.
  4. Chop the mixed vegetables and the garlic. (carrot, potato, leek, turnip , celery - or veges of your choice)and cook in the same pot for about 10minutes. Set aside and add to the caramalized onions.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil to the pot and cook the meat until browned.
  6. Return the vegetables to the pot, add 1 Knorr beef stock pot, 2 cups water and season to taste. Add the marrow from the bones and cook on low for about 1½hrs or until the meat is tender and vegetables soft. The marrow gives a delicious rich flavour to the gravy which should be nice and thick at this stage.
  7. Place the meat mixture in ramekins for small pies or a large dish if you are making only one pie.
  8. To make the pastry :
  9. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt.
  10. Add the suet and mix into the flour using the blade of a knife.
  11. When it’s evenly blended, add a few drops of cold water and start to mix with the knife . Bring the dough together , adding drops of water until it begins to get really sticky.
  12. Using your hands bring the ingredients together until you have a nice, smooth elastic dough, which leaves the bowl cleanly.
  13. Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate until chilled . Roll onto a well-floured surface to 3mm-thick rounds and place over the beef pot pies. Brush with egg wash and bake in 180ºC oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.



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