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'Steak' & Ale Pie

This another recipe from Animal Aid which I've created a video for their website. The pie is absolutely delicious and has a very meaty texture (with the steak and mushrooms) and taste which is great for dinner guests who think vegan food is all salad and tofu. Personally I'm not a mushroom lover but you could swap for aubergine or leeks. To show how quick and easy vegan food can be I used ready made pastry to save time. I normally would make my own using wholegrain flour.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: steak & ale pie, steak pie, vegan pie


  • 1 pack puff or shortcrust pastry check its vegan
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 10 g parsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 500 ml vegan ale
  • 150 g vegan steak sliced
  • 5 tsp gravy granules
  • season with salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/392°F
    Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and parsley and gently fry for 3-4 minutes until browned. Add the steak, mushrooms, salt and pepper and stir for a couple of minutes until browned. Pour in the ale and bring to a simmer then add the gravy granules. Continue to simmer on a low heat for 4-5 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked and the liquid thickened. I like my pie fillings thick so add more or less granules to suit your tastes. While the filling is simmering roll out the pastry and using your pie dish to cut out the base and the top. Press the pastry into the dish and spoon in (not too much) the steak filling. Add the top and using a fork press around the edge to seal. Fork a few holes in the top to help release the steam. Brush with a little plant milk to create a shiny glaze. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes (a bit longer of making one big pie) until the pastry is golden brown. Best served with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas. Enjoy!



TIP: The original recipe uses puff pastry but I used shortcrust. If you can't get hold of a steak substitute why not use soya, seitan or Quorn. I highly recommend Vivera steak or Fry's beef strips. Makes 2 medium size pies or one larger pie. Serves 3-4 people (with side dishes).