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Irish Beef & Guinness Pie

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I’m getting serious with my Irish recipes now, folks. Seriously. What could be more traditional and appropriate than a rich, savory, Irish beef and Guinness pie?

Put together tender beef stewed with potatoes, mushrooms, onions and rosemary in a rich, deeply flavorful Guinness splashed gravy and a flaky tender pie crust and you have got yourself the perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal. Add a little soda bread and these minty parfaits and you’ll really have outdone yourself. I really love this holiday, can you tell?

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You could make one large pie, or several individual ones, if you like. If you make mini pies, don’t repeat my mistake by thinking that you can make them in mini muffin tins and they’ll pop right out. This pie crust is WAY to flaky and tender for such risky adventures.  Keep them in individual dishes if you want to go that route. It has much better results(I speak from very messy, crumbly experience) ;)

Puff pastry is also a traditional topper for beef and Guinness pie, so if you’re not feeling up to making your own, just sub out the pie crust for a store-bought puff pastry. You don’t even need to line the bottom of the dish with it, just put your filling in and cut a piece of pastry out to cover the top. Bake and you’re in business.

For the Beef and Guinness Pie Filling, come on over to my blog!

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Irish Beef & Guinness Flaky Pie Crust


  • *Makes 1 crust covered pie
  • 1 1/2 C. Flour
  • 1 t. Sugar
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1/8 t. Baking Powder
  • 5 1/2 T. Shortening, chilled
  • 4 1/2 T. Butter or butter spread, chilled(I actually prefer the butter spread because it makes the crust even flakier)
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 t. White Vinegar
  • 1/2 C. Cold Water
  • 2-3 Ice Cubes


  1. Place the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor. Place the lid on and pulse the mixture a few times to blend.
  2. Add the butter and shortening to the crust, 1 T. at a time, pulsing a few times with each addition(don't run the processor consistently). When the butter and shortening are added, pulse a few times more, or until the butter is cut down to pea sized pieces.
  3. Mix together the cold water, vinegar, egg yolk, and ice cubes. Let chill for a minute or two. Add 3-4 T. of the mixture to the dough 1 T. at a time, pulsing a few times after each addition until the dough comes together, but is not too wet. Chill immediately while you prepare to roll out the dough. Dough should be cold and firm before going into the oven.
  4. Use and bake according to the specific recipe you are using.
  5. *Makes 2 single crusts or 1 double crust pie

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******Thanks Kayley!  My family always does Corned Beef and Cabbage, but I am thinking we need to try this out this year.  It looks delicious!  If you aren’t already, you should definitely follow The Kitchen McCabe over on Facebook, or just go subscribe to her blog already.  You WON’T regret it.  Promise!

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DIY Clover Decoration

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I am feeling the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day more and more.  I have even pinned some cute ideas of things that I think would be fun to do for my family on St. Patrick’s Day itself.  In the spirit of getting my house ready for the holiday, I made another fun decoration for my house that I think turned out pretty dang cute!  Here’s a link to my other St. Patrick’s Day posts. If you would like to make a clover for yourself, here’s the tutorial.


Materials Needed:

  • Wooden clover and vinyl kit from Fabdecor
  • Cute scrapbook paper
  • Piece of metal
  • Green paint
  • Mini Nails
  • Sandpaper

You will start your DIY Clover by painting the sides of the clover green.  You don’t really need to paint the top since it will be covered in paper, and the bottom won’t ever be seen.  You can paint it if you want to, but it’s not necessary.


The next step is to get the paper to be a clover shape.  I simply put the clover down making sure that the side that was going to have the paper on it was touching the back side of the paper.  Simply trace around the clover and then cut the shape out.


Next you will adhere the paper to the clover with mod podge.  Once it is dry, use sandpaper and go around the edges to get rid of any paper that is hanging over the sides.  It also gives it a much more finished look.  I wanted to try something a little different with this decoration, so I decided to add the piece of metal so that I could hang photos up with magnets on it.  It is really easy to attach.  Just one nail in each corner will hold it in place.


The last thing I did was to add the vinyl saying.  With the photo of my family as the one that I used for this clover, the saying definitely has two different meanings.  It is a classic St. Patrick’s Day saying, but I am also saying that I am feeling lucky for what I have.


I wanted to thank Fabdecor for the fun kit.  It really was a fun project to put together and it looks cute sitting on my fireplace mantle.  If you were to make this, what photo do you think you would put on it?  What makes you feel LUCKY?

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