Make your Father's Day complete with this incredible beef brisket and beer pie! This home-made pie has chunks of tender beef brisket and mushrooms with a deliciously rich, thick beer gravy. On top is a gorgeous, old fashioned lattice top. This recipe can easily be done on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker/instant pot! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
I'm not quite ready to let the pies and rich meat fillings go yet. It is getting warmer but it's still quite chilly to me and the best part of winter is the food. This pie has everything that I want it to. There's chunks of tender meat, cooked to perfection and a rich gravy. To make life easier this pie has a crust on the top only because Father's Day should not be a stressful time.
What is Beef Brisket?
Beef brisket is a rather magical cut that comes from the chest of the cow. It is just made for low and slow cooking which is why it happens to be popular in Texan barbecue because otherwise beef brisket can be a tough customer. Brisket has a lot marbling – those thin streaks of fat that weave through the meat. During slow cooking, these fat layers slowly break down to become tender so you need time to do this. The pressure cooker is a great friend for this as it cuts down cooking time to one quarter of the time but you can cook it also on the stovetop where it takes around 4 hours.
How Much Beef Brisket To Use?
Brisket is a cut of beef with thick layers of fat so you can either get your butcher to trim and cube it for you or you can do it. If you ask your butcher for trimmed cubes of brisket you will want 1.3kgs/2.9lbs of the trimmed meat. If you are working with a whole brisket you can count on trimming away 1/3 of the weight in fat (roughly). So aim for 2kgs/4.4lbs of whole brisket and you'll end up with around 1.3kgs/2.9lbs of brisket beef.
Which other beef cuts work in this pie apart from brisket?
Chuck beef works really beautifully in this too. I find trimming chuck beef a bit easier than trimming brisket too.
Which Beer Should I Use?
Please use your or your father's favourite beer :)
What Can I Use Instead of Vegemite?
Vegemite is great in meat pies but if you can't get it where you are try replacing it with Marmite, Promite, miso paste or 3 brown anchovies! The anchovies won't taste fishy, they just add a strong umami quality.
What Can I Serve This Brisket Pie With?
Potatoes are the natural pairing for this beef pie. Try these Brabant potatoes, Crispy Roasted Potatoes or for something special try this Laligot mashed potato. Or perhaps these Honey Sesame Roasted Dutch Carrots. I also love always having a green salad on hand.
I know that meat is a popular dish suggested for Father's day but actually in my immediate family circle all of the fathers aren't hugely into eating meat. Mr NQN eats it but prefers vegetables and my father subscribes to a Mediterranean diet so fish and vegetables cooked in olive oil are his preference.
Father's Day used to be a bigger thing but Mr NQN's father moved overseas and so have my parents. Before they left my father who is very eccentric gave me a tip of how to avoid COVID. "Breathe deeply," he said. I'm not sure if he was giving me advice on how to avoid stress or COVID...
Last month he painted us a painting for our bedroom. Our friends Mr and Mrs Martin go to Singapore a lot as she is Singaporean so she offered to take some gifts from Mr NQN and I and bring the painting back which was super nice and helpful. I left it up to them to figure out meeting arrangements and on the second last day my father told me that the delivery person delivered the gifts and picked up the painting.
I was slightly mortified as I read the text. My father is very introverted and I worried that he had treated my friends dismissively. Which is not to say that he would be rude, but he wouldn't really be chatty or friendly to people that were doing us a favour and he certainly wouldn't have invited a delivery person in for a cup of tea. Also since the stroke he uses different names for people as he searches for words that are lost although you'd expect friend comes easier to mind than delivery person.
When Mr and Mrs Martin got back from Singapore we met up for dinner. "How were my parents?" I asked gingerly. They explained, to my immense relief that they didn't actually meet my parents. My sister Blythe had actually sent a courier to collect the gifts and deliver the painting to Mr and Mrs Martin. I breathed a huge sigh of relief that nobody was offended and that the swap had gone well!
So tell me Dear Reader, would your dad or father in your life enjoy this pie? Do you cook with beef brisket much? And what is your father like?