Steak and onion pie
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Main ingredient(s)||Steak, beef gravy, pastry shell|
|Variations||Steak pie supper|
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A steak pie is a traditional meat pie served in Britain. It is made from stewing steak and beef gravy, enclosed in a pastry shell. Sometimes mixed vegetables are included in the filling. In Ireland Guinness Stout is commonly added along with bacon and onions, and the result is commonly referred to as a Steak and Guinness Pie (or Guinness Pie for short). A Steak and Ale pie is a similar creation, popular in British pubs, using one of a variety of ales in place of the Guinness. The dish is often served with "steak chips" (thickly sliced potatoes fried, sometimes fried in beef dripping). Steak pies are also available from chip shops, served with normal chips, referred to in Scotland as a steak pie supper.
A steak pie supper is usually accompanied by salt and vinegar, however around Edinburgh a combination of spirit vinegar and brown sauce, known simply as "sauce" or "chippie sauce", is popular. The precise proportions of each ingredient are unique to each take-away.
Other types of steak pie are available around the world, including in Australia and New Zealand.
The Ashetpan Pie, in Glasgow and surrounding areas, was traditionally ordered for New Year or Christmas from the butcher shop. The butcher would prepare the steak pie for pick up prior to the holiday. The Ashetpan was usually an enamel coated pie dish, rectangular in shape. An additional deposit would be required when the pie was picked up at the butcher. After the holiday, the pan was to be returned to the butcher.
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