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Beef and Guinness Hand Pies

These savoury beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick’s day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they’re sure to satisfy!

These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious recipe to make for St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than these beef and Guinness hand pies! These savoury little pies are perfect for a party or as a quick and tasty dinner. Best of all, they’re really simple to make – just follow our step-by-step instructions below.

Beef and Stout pies are a favourite traditional recipe from the UK.  Typically it is made with good cuts of beef, stout, mushrooms and all sorts of good stuff.   I’ve modified the recipe to simplify it and make it accessible no matter your budget and of course kids love eating with their hands so even the pickiest eaters will enjoy this one!

I chose to use Guinness because it has such a distinctive flavour that I think works really well, plus its a fab nod towards St. Patrick’s Day and making it a little bit more of a specifically Irish recipe. 

These would be great to serve up at any St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner parties!  Not only are they delicious but they are pretty cute and easy to eat with just a napkin making them perfect party food.

Who doesn’t love a hand pie? They’re portable, tasty, and perfect for a quick snack or an easy meal. This beef and Guinness hand pies recipe is sure to become a family favourite!

These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!
These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

How to Make Ahead and Store Hand Pies

You can make these pies ahead of time and then freeze until ready to serve.

Assemble the hand pies completely, but do not bake them. Place in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and freeze for at least two hours to ensure they are fully frozen before transferring to freezer bags. It will take about 2-3 hours in the refrigerator for the pies to thaw.

When you are ready to bake the pies, follow the baking instructions until golden brown and heated through.

To store any left over baked pies, cool them completely before placing in an airtight container. I recommend storing the pies in the refrigerator if you are not eating them immediately. They will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

When you’re ready to eat them, just place the pies on a baking sheet and put in a 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

About the Ingredients for Beef and Stout Hand Pies

Beef – You can absolute use steak diced up here instead of the ground beef. Use lean ground or medium ground beef.

Onion – Yellow or white onion.

Potatoes – I like to use yellow potatoes for this dish.

Peas – I use frozen sweet peas. If you like canned, you could use that instead, or fresh peas if you have any.

Stout – I used Guinness out of personal preference but you can swap in your favourite stout.

Seasoning – Dried thyme, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper provide plenty of rich flavour to the filling.

Pastry – You can use pre-made pastry shells or your own homemade pastry.

Milk – The milk wash encourages browning much like an egg wash, without giving the pastry a yellow shine. You can do an egg wash if you prefer that.

These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

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These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

How to Make Beef & Guinness Hand Pies

Yields: 16 Hand pies | Prep time: 10 Minutes | Cook time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Sized Potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas
  • 1 bottle Guinness Stout
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 packages of Deep Dish Pastry Shells (4 Shells total)  OR your favourite pie pastry recipe doubled.
  • Milk

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef.

Drain the fat from the pan, then add in the onion and cook until softened.

Stir in the vegetables, thyme, Guinness, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings then bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Roll out pastry dough and cut out 16 – 5 inch rounds and 16 – 5.5 inch rounds.

Spoon filling onto 5 inch rounds, brushing milk around the edges and cover with the 5.5 inch rounds and press with a fork to seal.

Bake 12-15 minutes until pastry is golden, and serve warm.

Beef & Guinness Hand Pies
Yield: 16 Hand pies

Beef & Guinness Hand Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These savoury beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick’s day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they’re sure to satisfy!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Sized Potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas
  • 1 bottle Guinness Stout
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 packages of Deep Dish Pastry Shells OR your favourite pie pastry recipe doubled., 4 Shells total
  • Milk

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef.
  3. Drain the fat from the pan, then add in the onion and cook until softened.
  4. Stir in the vegetables, thyme, Guinness, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings then bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Roll out pastry dough and cut out 16 - 5 inch rounds and 16 - 5.5 inch rounds.
  7. Spoon filling onto 5 inch rounds, brushing milk around the edges and cover with the 5.5 inch rounds and press with a fork to seal.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes until pastry is golden, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 12g

This information is provided as a courtesy and for entertainment purposes only. This information comes from online calculators. Although frugalmomeh.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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These savory beef & stout hand pies are perfect for St. Patrick's day. Filled with a rich beef & Guinness filling, they're sure to satisfy!

Rob

Thursday 7th of May 2020

My hubby and I are recovering alcoholics therefore we absolutely cannot have stout. Is there anything that could be subbed instead? Yes we know alcohol should evaporate but we're not willing to chance our sobriety.

Elizabeth

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Replace with rootbeer or coke 1:1. Good luck!

Catherine

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Made these for St. Patrick's day today! The flavor and consistency of the filling is absolutely perfect. Honestly could be a meal on its own. I did have significant issue getting enough dough from two pre made pie crusts. If you're dead set on having it in a pastry, definitely buy at least four pre made pie doughs. Otherwise this is delicious on its own in a bowl.

B Miller

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Had a difficult time with the pie crusts. How do you get 16 x 5 inch circles from a 9 inch deed dish crust?

Kelli P

Thursday 7th of December 2017

My son, 8 yrs old, and I JUST made this... as in it's currently in the oven baking. We just combined it into 1 big deep dish pie because of time, ie: his attention span, and doubled up the ingredients and the simmering time. We'll see how that works out BUT the filling is absolutely FANTASTIC! We couldn't stop eating the little bit that was left over! Next time I'll make it to the "T" but as it is right now, I love this. Good job!

Elizabeth Matthiesen

Sunday 19th of March 2017

Definitely my cup of tea, love hand pies :-)

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