If you're looking for a hearty dish to bring you back to life after a hard day's work, you won't find any better comfort food than the meaty flavours of a beef and Guinness pie. Melt-in-the-mouth chunks of meat, soft vegetables, all coated in rich gravy infused with all that Guinness goodness – it's unbeatable.
As a classic Irish superstar, you'll find plenty of takes on this humble dish around the country, and one of our favourites is the one you'll find at Girl and the Goose.
Through the ages
In its purest form, the beef and Guinness pie is a glorified meat pie. But this pie is no new kid on the block, we've been tucking into them for millennia. Its roots stretch all the way back to sometime around 9,500 BC, and feature prominently in the diet of Ancient Egyptians. We think it's fair to say that the meat pie has stood the test of time, and aced it.
And part of this enduring popularity has to do with its versatility. Any meat, any pastry, any sauce and any combination of ingredients come together perfectly when bundled up and baked.
Nothing without the gravy
So, because of this foodie flexibility you'll find different takes all over the world. In true Irish fashion, we subbed in two of our most famous products – Guinness and succulent Irish beef. And not to mention the fact that you'll often find it served up with a side of potatoes and other root vegetables. For the classic melt in your mouth meat and that gloopy gravy that we all know and love, the filling is often slow cooked before assembled into its pastry case.
It's this step that puts some pies leagues beyond others – all those beery roasted barley flavours infuse into the meat and vegetables, giving you that rich, hearty sauce that just signifies the best of comfort foods.
Leave the slow cooking to others
These days you don't have to wait around for that iconic depth of flavour that only delicate slow-cooking can bring. Restaurants will do it all for you, meaning that those beautiful textures and tastes can be yours in a matter of minutes. And for a real taste sensation you can count on the rustic, country flavours packed into every dish at Girl and the Goose.
They slow cook the finest local beef, with chunks of tender meat soaking up all those rich, earthy flavours of the Guinness, before mixing it with fresh vegetables including potatoes, carrots and onions. To serve, they top it with golden, flaky puff pastry alongside a baked potato stuffed with broccoli stems and melted cheese – the perfect comfort food for any occasion.