The Crazy Kitchen: Chilli Beef Pie (with Marmite chocolate!)

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Wednesday 2 October 2013

Chilli Beef Pie (with Marmite chocolate!)

Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. 80% of this household loves it, and the husband can't stand it. I have occasionally slipped the odd cheeky spoonful into stews without him realising though.

When I was challenged by Marmite to to cook up a dish using their 'Very Peculiar' chocolate I was determined to make a dish that I knew the husband would love, before I broke the news of the secret ingredients.

marmite hamper 

I had already decided that I would make a beef chilli before the hamper arrived containing many of the ingredients I needed, including the Marmite chocolate.

  marmite chocolate

I was a little dubious about trying it but I was surprised how good it was, a deliciously smooth milk chocolate with a hint of saltiness, a perfect combination.

Once that bar of chocolate had been devoured it was time to get onto the serious business of cooking dinner. As it's 'puff pastry' week in Great British Bake Off I decided that I would make the beef chilli into a pie with a homemade puff pastry lid. You can find the recipe for the Rosemary Puff Pastry here.

chilli beef pie 

Chilli Beef Pie

400g Lean beef, diced
20g plain flour
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
A few slices of fresh chilli, finely chopped 
100g Chestnut mushrooms, sliced
390g can chopped tomatoes
Beef stock cube
100ml water
1 tsp Marmite
50g Marmite chocolate, grated
  • Toss the beef in the flour and paprika
  • Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof saucepan
  • Add the onions, garlic and chilli and fry gently for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the beef and fry for a few minutes until browned
  • Stir in the mushrooms, tomatoes, stock cube, water and marmite.
  • Cover with foil or place a lid on and cook in a preheated 140 C oven for 1.5 hours until the beef is tender
  • Stir in the grated chocolate
  • (At this point you could serve the chilli with rice if preferred)
  • Tip the chilli into a pie dish, brush around the edges with beaten egg and lay the pastry over
  • Brush with more beaten egg
  • Turn the oven up to 200 C and bake the pie for approx 30 minutes, or until golden brown
chilli beef pie 

The pie was lovely & rich and best of all the husband ate it....and LOVED it! 

I was sent the hamper of ingredients for the purpose of this challenge

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