Fed up with not being able to find a beef pie recipe I liked, I played around a few times and came up with this one. The meat because its slow cooked, is so tender and melts in your mouth and its bursting with flavour.

Ingredients (makes 1 large family pie)

  • 500g beef cubed (use a cut that is ideal for slow cooking ie Gravy)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 TBS Plain flour
  • 1/2 cup gravy
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • puff pastry sheets
  • salt & pepper
  • oil
  • Garlic
  • 1 can peas (for the pee puree)
  • 3 spring onions chopped (for the pee puree)
  • 1-11/2 cups chicken stock (for the pee puree)
  • 1/2 large potato, cubed and par boiled (for the pee puree)
  • dash red wine vinegar (for the pee puree)


  1. Use a little bit of oil to lightly cook the onion and garlic. Add the beef and the flour and cook until lightly browned on all sides.
  2. Add mushrooms, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, gravy, and beef stock, and simmer until thickened.
  3. Place mixture into a baking dish with a lid, and place into a 180 degree oven for 1 – 1.5 hours checking every 30 minutes and adding more liquid if needed.
  4. Once cooked, line a lightly greased pie dish (I used individual ones and this mix made 3) with puff pastry. Prick the bottom with a fork and blind bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove and fill with meat mixture. Place another piece of pastry over the top and seal the edges. Brush with beaten egg, and prick the top with a fork. Place back in to oven for a further 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, add peas, onion, garlic, chicken stock and par boiled potato cubes to a fry pan and cook until heated through and tender.
  7. Remove most of the liquid (set aside), and place pea mixture into blender and blend – adding the liquid back in slowly bit by bit, until it becomes a thickened puree.
  8. Place pea mix with a tomato sauce swirl in a bowl, and a pie on top. Enjoy!

Notes... This makes 3 large individual size pies or 1 family size pie. It's a simple recipe and having the patients to let the meat slow cook is the key to making this pie really tasty

  • Love pie floaters, the pea puree is so great with it. Will be trying out yours very soon to compare.


  • Nothing better than a warm pie on a cold day :)


  • Could not NOT scroll past this. Literally drooling. Tomorrow’s dinner for sure.


  • How nice does that look!?! Sounds delicious too.


  • what a great idea – sounds really tasty too – thanks for sharing your recipe with us


  • Well done on this. You;ve put a lot of thought and effort in. Looks pretty darn good.


  • A lovely Winter recipe,it look’s so delicious! Thanks.


  • That takes me back to my days of just getting my licence and we used to drive to the city for a pie floater. I might have to give that pie a go but only make the floater for me. My partner would never eat it. Thankyou very much have saved.


  • Looks delicious and beautifully presented. Well done hun x


  • First recipe I’ve ever seen for a pie floater – thanks so much for sharing.


  • I’ve never seen or tried a ‘floater’ before, but certainly looks interesting.


  • A tasty looking pie floater and a beautiful presentation too – thank you.

    • Thank you

      • Thank you! There will be some very happy and satisfied tummies in this household when I make these pie floaters.


  • What a gorgeous presentation! You really are an artist!!


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