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Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides  Steak pies are tasty snack for all the carnivores and a great appetizer for parties and potlucks. Make a whole pie for the entire family or make individual pies, just for one!

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These meat pies are easy and fun to make, and create a great activity for the whole family. Using hearty ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, peas, and savory ground/minced beef to make amazing meat pies that your family and friends will love. Using a few everyday ingredients, you can create delicious meat pies for your next gathering or potluck event. baking a steak pie, how to make pies, how to bake a pie, pies, how to make pie crust, how to make cottage pie,

Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides

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This is a paid promotion. I was asked by Marston’s Brewery to make a video to promote the fact that Leicester’s Pukka Pies are now using Marston’s Pedigree Amber Ale in their Steak and Ale Pie. In this video, we have a look at the pies, and bake a couple for a taste test. Alongside the pies, I was asked to suggest some side dishes – traditional, modern, whatever. I decided to make cheesy mashed potato, steamed chantenay carrots and green beans, and a rich brown gravy with Marston’s Pedigree Amber Ale in it. We really liked the pie, by the way – delicious gravy, solid chunks of beef, and really good pastry.






Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides



  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/3 cup shortening or butter

  • 4 tbsp. cold water


  • 1 cup chopped potato

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 3 tbs. margarine or butter

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or sage, crushed

  • 1 1/4 cup beef broth

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped carrots and peas

  • 2 cups ground beef

Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides


Making the Dough for the Crust

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    Make the pie crust. Mix flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir 1 1/4 cups flour and 1/4 tsp salt together in a large mixing bowl.
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    Cut the butter or shortening into the flour. There are many different methods of cutting the butter into the flour, but all are equally effective with the right amount of elbow grease. Keep the butter at a cool temperature and begin by cutting large chunks. Keep cutting your chunks down until the butter is mixed in thoroughly. Aim to get small and uniform pea-sized chunks.

    • Use a food processor. The easiest way to cut the butter is to use a food processor, pulsing the flour mixture for a minute or two, until the butter is chopped up to the appropriate size.
    • Use a pastry cutter for butter or shortening. A pastry cutter is a great way of chopping up the butter in a good uniform mixture, quickly and without much effort. Roll the pastry cutter through the flour mixture, clearing out the butter from behind the tines after you make each pass around the bowl, if necessary. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
    • Use a fork or two knives. If you don’t have a pastry cutter or a food processor, don’t worry. You can cut up the butter with the flat side of a table fork, or use two knives to slice the butter in opposite directions, or even just use the end of a metal spatula.
    • Just use your fingers with shortening. Shortening won’t be greatly affected by the heat from your hands or from the room temperature, making it easy to crumble using your fingers.

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    Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides

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    Mix cold water into the flour mixture. Pouring cold water one tablespoon at a time into your flour will help you integrate the water gently, allowing the dough to form loosely. The mixture should just barely come together and form a loose ball, and shouldn’t be damp or wet looking.

    • Be very gentle. The key to a flaky crust is to make sure you don’t overwork the dough. If you overwork the dough, the crust will become tough and difficult to handle.
    • Your mixture will form soft lumps. These lumps should be moist enough that they will hold together if you gently press them between your fingers.
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    Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Very gently, pull the flour into a ball and then split the ball into two equal portions. The recipe should make two portions, one will be the bottom of your pie, and the other will be the top cover.

    • It’s usually a good idea to chill the dough in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roll it out and bake with it. If you’ve already got the oven pre-heated and you’re anxious to get started, putting it in the freezer can be a good way to get the temperature down quickly.
    • If you want to save the dough for a longer period of time, freeze it in a self-sealing freezer bag. When you’re ready to use it, let it defrost in the fridge overnight and roll it out normally.

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    Roll the crust. On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough with your hands and roll from the center to the edges with a rolling pin dusted with flour. Aim to form a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Making the Filling

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    Cook your meat. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 cups ground beef and 1/2 cup chopped onions. Season with thyme, cloves, chopped garlic (if desired) and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring to crumble the meat and mix in the spices, until the meat is evenly browned.[1]

    • If you’d like a more flavourful pie, you can also use a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg as seasoning.
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    Discard the grease or fat. Once your meat is cooked through, use a wooden spoon or spatula to push your meat to one side of the pan and tilt the pan away, letting the grease pool on the other side. Spoon it grease out, or carefully tilt your pan over a grease safe container to dispose of it. Place your cooled grease into a sealed non-recyclable container and discard it into your regular trash can.[2]

    • Do not dump grease into the kitchen sink or toilet bowl or even use hot water to wash it down the drain. This allows grease to get into the sewage system or harden in your pipes.
    • Be careful whenever handling hot grease.


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    Add the vegetables and beef broth. Chop 1 potato into small pieces and add it to the skillet with 1 1/4 cup beef broth to start. Pour in 1 1/2 cup carrots and peas. The beef broth will keep your filling moist once the grease has been drained out.

    • You can peel your potato if desired.
    • If you want something different, try using a sweet potato instead.
    • You can also add more or less beef broth as needed, but don’t let your filling get too soupy.
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    Thicken your pie filling (optional). You may need to thicken your filling if it gets too runny. This can be done in a number of ways. Here are some things to consider:[3]

    • Mix two tsp. of flour with 1/4 cup cold water or 1 tbsp. cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water before stirring it into your mixture
    • Thicken with flour. For each cup of filling, use about 2 tbsp. of flour. Add the flour in increments of 1 tbsp. Add the flour slowly and stir in each addition. This will help prevent lumps from forming in your filling. Cook and stir for 1 additional minute until your sauce is thickened and bubbly.
    • Thicken with cornstarch. For each cup of sauce, use 1 tbsp. of cornstarch. Add the cornstarch in increments of 1 tbsp. and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add 2 minutes to your cooking time for cornstarch.

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Making a Whole Meat Pie

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    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
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    Assemble a whole pie. Roll your pie crust around the rolling pin. Start from one edge and carefully wrap your crust around the pin. Transfer your crust to your pie dish by carefully unrolling it from your pin and laying it down into the dish.

    • Avoid stretching the pastry.
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    Trim the crust. Trim to about 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the pie plate and fold the extra pastry under to create a thicker crust on the rim.
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    Fill your pie. To assemble your pie, slowly pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie dish. Level it off and don’t overfill your dish.
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    Cover your pie. Roll out an additional circle of dough or pastry and carefully place it over your pie. Pinch the edges of the bottom layer and top layer of dough together and create the knuckle-like pie edge ridges. Trim off any excess using a sharp knife.
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    Make a few slits in the top. Use a sharp knife to cut some vents into the top crust to allow the steam to escape when cooking.

    • Brush the top of your crust with egg or melted butter. This will help keep the crust moist and prevent cracking.
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    Bake your whole pie. Place your pie onto an oven rack in the center of your oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until the top of the pie is golden brown.[4]

    • When your pie comes out of the oven, it will be hot! Make sure to let it cool on the countertop before serving.

Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides


Making Individual Meat Pies

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    Cut your dough. Roll out your dough and cut it into 6 even pieces, about 5 ounces each.[5] Roll the pieces into 6 individual balls

    • Dust your workstation with flour to prevent dough from sticking.
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    Pukka Steak & Ale Pie with Marston's Pedigree Gravy and Sides

    Roll out your dough. Roll your pieces into about 8-inch flat circles. If your dough is very warm, it may be difficult to handle, cool it in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes if necessary.
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    Fill your individual pies. Evenly divide your filling into about 3/4 cup per individual pie and scoop it onto half of each dough circle. Carefully fold the dough over to cover the filling and use your fingers or a fork to press the edges together.
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    Slice slits into the tops of each pocket. Use a sharp knife to cut a few slits into the top of your pies. This allows steam to escape when baking and helps to prevent the pie from cracking or bursting in the oven.

    • Brush the top of your pockets with egg or melted butter to keep the top moist.
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    Bake your pies. Bake your pies on a lightly oiled or non-stick baking sheet in the oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the crust is golden brown and flakey.

    • Enjoy with a side of ketchup.

Trying Creative Variations

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    Try different types of meat. Use ground pork, chicken, turkey, or any meat you prefer. You can also mix meats for a more creative pie. Try cooking bacon and mixing it into your ground meat. Buy your favorite Italian sausage and cut it out of the casting to mix into your pie filling. You can try lamb, veal, or even tuna flakes.

    • Make sure your meat is fully cooked before adding it to your filling.
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    Make mincemeat sweet pie. If you are looking for a sweet and savory pie, try adding some additional ingredients to your filling recipe. Add:[6]

    • 8 ounces of raisins.
    • 4 ounces of dried figs (chopped).
    • 2 ounces dried cherries (chopped)
    • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped.
    • 1 lemon zested and juiced.
    • 1 orange zested and juiced.
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground clove
    • 6 ounces dark brown sugar


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    Make a spicy meat pie. Bring some heat to your meat pie with the addition of a few ingredients and seasonings. Try mincing 1 jalapeño  chili and 2 garlic cloves for your filling. Add 4 tsp of curry powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper. Use these seasonings when cooking your ground beef to create a delicious spicy meat pie.
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    Get creative. Use your favorite ingredients and flavors to influence your own version of a meat pie. For a Mexican influenced meat pie, add refried beans and cheddar cheese to your filling. If you are looking for a vegetarian meat pie, substitute 1/2 cup (90 g) brown lentils for ground meat. You can also try adding artichoke hearts. Get as creative as you’d like!
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  1. CagedPaps says:

    You've made better pies yourself no doubt but, I do like the odd Pukka pie for a quick meal, I have a soft spot for Fray Bentos too. Ate both as a student. Pukka pies have the benefit of being sold at many stadiums and chip shops, so very much comfort food, unfortunately the supermarket I go to you can only get the all steak and chicken and mushroom, not steak and ale.

  2. yurksemesh says:

    oh my good great will buy soon as

  3. nigel cuthbertson says:

    Entertaining video, as always!
    BTW: That's a proper, grown-up trivet in the background. If your house ever gets burgled and that trivet disappears, it'll have been me!

  4. John DeLye says:

    Now I know what pukka from the Nagasaki Sauce song by the Macc Lads is!

  5. Paul G says:

    Yes big up Leicester!

  6. Kathleen Buxton says:

    Looks good wish I could get them here for a quick din din

  7. Dave and Makuini Projects says:

    Hi Keef. We are enjoying and following your videos. Going back to your Oz and Kiwi pies. Could I ask where you purchased the pie dishes from?? Thank you.

  8. Bamboozle says:

    If you want to skip the gravy part go here 👉 4:41

    Sike you are forbidden to avoid good cooking….

  9. Mr T's Mumblings says:

    I love mopping the gravy up with a slice or two of bread.

  10. JTMusicbox says:

    Love your videos! Adding Your gravy was key. I’d never heard of Chantenay carrots before. Do they have a different flavor or are they just smaller?

  11. Dreamweaver 787 says:

    Sorry but two mass produced products, Marston's is now a brand name once a mighty brewer, but sadly now a beer made for the masses, and I think the same of the pies. Come on Keith don't do reviews for the big guns your so much better especially as you make you own pies so much better, and you can choose a better beer than Marston's.

  12. James Parlane says:

    Reviewing beer and pies? A bloody horrible job but someone has to do it.

  13. J'Lyssa Graywolf says:

    I have been watching your channel for about 2 weeks. I love it. I was inspired to make pie and mash with mushroom gravy (American style). My son loved it. I have cancer so couldn't make the pie and gravy from scratch, but used premade pot pies he likes and a gravy mix he likes.


    Plenty of meat chunks in their pies. Nice.

  15. Adz says:

    Love this meal one of my favourites

  16. Dwayne Wladyka says:

    What a meal! Cheers, Keef!

  17. Kevin Byrne says:

    2:40 — Chantenay carrots

  18. JuiceBanger1 says:

    Yum yum. Think I will try the pies, once the panic buying recedes and sainsburies shelves get restocked.

  19. William Reay says:

    @6:44 ? *ucker … Naughty hahaha

  20. jon says:

    you have sold your soul…. to commercialism! such a shame. bring back KeefCooks. He knows how to cook a pie. and that is why we subscribe to this channel.

  21. TheAsa1972 says:

    You get a Marston ale in Sunderland for some reason..I guess its because they will not sell Newcastle Broon

  22. Harry Bond says:

    For some reason it is almost impossible to buy frozen meat pies of any description in the USA, chicken pot pies are everywhere, so I have to make my own!

  23. JayT LaMunch says:

    I love my Pukka pies, I buy them all the time, even most fish and chip shops sell them where I live, The meal looks delicious keef, and you can never have too much gravy great vid 🙂

  24. jenbiensur says:

    Putting the beer and the pies right on my list of things to find next time I'm in central and northern England! I can try making the gravy your way right now using Sam Adams beer though!

  25. Gerald Swain says:

    Keef is that a inflatable life saver your wearing under your shirt ?…its not your real waist surely !!!. Ha ha .

  26. ConstantCompanion says:

    When I was a kid, I was fond of the banquet and Swanson meat pies here in the United States. They've changed a lot. Much smaller in not near as good as they used to be oh, but I still love meat pies! I make a killer chicken pot pie. And my beef pot pie is good too. I wish I could get a good Frozen one. One that wasn't full of preservatives and things. Comfort food at its best.

  27. Jeffrey Austin says:

    It's nice to see you getting some paid sponsorship. Note to the makers of Henderson's Relish: I have a bottle of Hendo's in my US kitchen right now solely because of KeefCooks and courtesy of a quaint little kitchen-table mail-order concern called Amazon… and I'll be buying more.

  28. MrCurry says:

    Marston’s Pedigree is a wonderful beer.

  29. Tony Casey says:

    I understand the allure of a paid sponsorship, but you make far better pies (definitely better pastry) than Pukka. Keep up the good work, Keef.

  30. Bob Jones says:

    Homemade pies are 100000000% better than any other. FACT

  31. FRASER EDGAR says:

    "Pukka" from the urdu hindi word pakka meaning solid.

  32. Neil pye says:

    The pie looks nice

  33. K Christiansen says:

    nothing to compare this with but great video

  34. Amnesia Soon says:

    Ahh, comfort food for a rainy or snowy day at home.❤️❤️

  35. catherine barlow says:

    Marston's pubs here in east Yorkshire on there food menu they sell Marston's steak ale pies think they must be pukka pies there so nice could eat one right now mmm keef

  36. B Simpson says:

    Huge pie, cuts pie, pie collapses to half it height, fairly typical mass produced pie. You make proper pies Keef, keep up the good work mate

  37. Rodoula Doulos says:

    so sorry that I was AWAY for a bit,but so glad that I landed on this,What normal person doesnt like a nice steak pie with all the trimmings????? OH dear,there goes the diet,SO DELICIOUS…THANKS FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!

  38. ashura izumi says:

    shallow soil that was funny. every time I grow a carrot they get a nice big green top but a small sad little carrot

  39. ashura izumi says:

    you should make something call a coronavirus cake or something

  40. fredrikke says:

    this is amazing!

  41. Beautiful Vibe Dynamic says:

    First Hugs and Kisses 💋 with GREAT DAY'S AHEAD!

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