European Irish Beef Pot Pie

This European Irish Beef Pot Pie is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Here is a cozy dinner idea to make this St. Patrick’s Day: These are European Irish Beef pot pies made with black stout beer and topped with buttery puff pastry. The beef used in this is called a Thor hammer shank, and for good reason. As the beef cooks, the bone marrow helps make a super rich and delicious sauce that is the base for the pot pie filling. You’re going to cook your hammer shank and most of this meal in a dutch oven before creating your little pot pies. Once your filling is made, you’ll add it to a ramekin dish and cover it with a puff pastry! Super easy and oh-so delicious. This meal is the perfect winter dinner; it doesn’t even need to be St. Patrick’s Day. Just a cozy and hearty meal that feels good for the soul. They are great for serving a large group and were even better the next day for leftovers. Full recipe in the caption below and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you enjoy this recipe be sure to check out all of my main course ideas here!

European Irish Beef pot pies

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  • 1 European Beef Thor Hammer Shank
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 3 tbsp peppercorns
  • 3 medium onions 2 of which are quartered, and one diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup portobello mushrooms diced
  • 14.9 oz dark stout beer
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt/pepper
  • Store bought puff pastry
  • Egg wash


  • Add half the beef stock to a large dutch oven or deep saucepan, along with 2 quartered onions, peppercorns, salt and pepper. Cook on medium to low for about 6 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone. Every hour or so, add more beef stock as the sauce will thicken as it cooks. As the beef gets hot, the bone marrow will begin to melt out and into the sauce. Once meat is tender and cooked, remove and shred. Strain the remaining sauce and set aside.
  • Add olive oil to a large saucepan with carrots, onions and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, about 15 min. Add the flour, tomato paste, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for about a minute or until the tomato paste has darkened in color.
  • Deglaze the pot with stout, and sugar, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add back in the rendered sauce from cooking the shank and the shredded beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low until the sauce is thick and creamy. Season to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 400 and thaw puff pastry. Add filling to a ramekin about ¾ the way to the top. Roll out puff pastry and cut a circle that is about 1 inch wider that the circumference of the ramekin. Add overtop and brush with egg wash.

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.