A Classic Pie for Father's Day



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So now that the table is set, what is for lunch?

A gutsy, delicious meal to serve Dad for lunch is a delicious chunky beef pie. Full of robust flavours, this pie looks perfect individually baked. To add to your cake, you can also offer a selection of homemade condiments and sides, such as sauces, chutney, a green salad or sautéed vegetables.

Classic Aussie Beef Pie


  • 4 (about 650g) beef scotch fillet steaks, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 sheet (29 x 29cm) frozen ready-rolled shortcrust quiche pastry, just thawed
  • 2 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, just thawed


  1. Place the beef in a large bowl and sprinkle with flour. Season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to evenly coat. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. 
  3. Stir in the tomato and beer. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 55 minutes or until beef is tender. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool. 
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place a baking tray on the middle shelf. Cut the shortcrust pastry sheet into quarters. Line 4 round 3cm-deep, 12cm (base measurement) pie tins with shortcrust pastry, allowing the sides to overhang. Brush the edges with egg. Divide the beef mixture evenly among the pastry cases. 
  5. Cut each puff pastry sheet in half diagonally. Top the pies with puff pastry and trim excess. Press the edges to seal. 
  6. Brush the pies with egg. Cut a small cross in the centre of each pie. Place the pies on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve with tomato sauce. 


To freeze ahead: Wrap each cooled pie in 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, preheat oven to 200C. Bake the frozen pies for 20-25 minutes.


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a beautiful pie goes with...

Home made Tomato Sauce You can't eat a great meat pie without sauce, now can you? This sauce is so good, who doesn't love a gutsy sauce to have with their BBQ or home made pie? This homemade tomato sauce is a really simple gift for the Dad that has everything, and when you package it up in a cute jar it makes for a really special and unique gift. Perfect for all Dads, and especially this Fathers Day Lunch.

Setting up a salad bar could not be easier. It’s all about the presentation and by creating a bar this way you invite your guests to DIY their salads, creating their versions of to go hand in hand with our Beef pie. By offering a selection of greens, nuts, cheeses, roasted veggies and meats, your guests can build, dress and garnish as they please. 

Green Beans with Balsamic Dressing Simple, seasonal recipes that can be made to compliment your meals, nothing too fancy to outshine your main - but ones that look good, taste great and bring a little fuss to your table. This crunchy side for your Beef Pie is light and fresh, colourful and delicious. 




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Credits: Beef Pie recipe via Australian Good Taste