One unknown fact about me is that I love to eat the kind of food that I can pick up with my hands. Like these Beef and Guinness Hand pies. I like to feel the texture, capture the earthy scents of aromatics and herbs and then toss it into my mouth to savor.
Over a meal, I can ramble on and on about the details of an ingredient and how it works in a recipe when combined with other ingredients. Then I usually launch into the flavor profiles of each ingredient and how they play so beautifully together. To these nerdy, culinary fascinations, I’ve received blank stares across the table and slight smirks by my children. If you’ve dined at my table and you’re reading this article, you’re probably smiling because you know this to be true.
I’ve accepted this truth and in fact I embrace my unique view of food. And yes, even I laugh at my nerdy culinary musings.
When one of my clients asked for pub food ideas, I jumped at the chance to pitch these Beef and Guinness Hand Pies. Hand pies have been a favorite of mine since childhood. When living in the south, our neighbor down the road would bring us her fresh peach fried pies during the summer. During the cooler months she would make chocolate fried pies. You have never lived until you’ve eaten a chocolate fried pie. Truth.
Those fried pies sweetened my very lonely existence. My neighbor had a kind and sweet heart and I believe she knew my siblings and I needed a little food love. I think that’s why I have an affinity for these Beef and Guinness Hand Pies. The delicious memories of the past come alive every time I make a hand pie or finger food.
If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day you’re going to love preparing these Beef and Guinness Hand Pies. They also make a fun weekend snack or light dinner meal.
On occasion, when I’ve got time, I’ll make my favorite pie crust recipe. But I’ve found for these little hand pies, store-bought crust works just as well. Especially if you’re making them for a crowd and time is of the essence.
I’ve also added to the notes in the recipe to be sure to use a Guinness lager. It’ll keep the beef from tasting bitter. As with all alcohol, it’s eliminated during the cooking process while lending a delicious subtle flavor to the meat.
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