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December Meat Pie: The Culmination of 2011

It’s hard to believe that I’ve reached the last meat pie in my meat-pie-a-month journey! I’ve now made dozens of meat pies. So this this month, I chose to take a risk. I chose to make a pie without consulting any recipes.

Here’s what I made and how I made it:

2 pounds of steak (chopped into small pieces)
3 potatoes (Maine of course! Yukon Gold are amazing)
3 carrots
1 large onion
1 cup of beef broth
3-4 strips of bacon (I used premade bacon bits)
garlic salt
garlic powder
fresh pepper
2 bottles of beer

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Open a beer and take a sip. (I’m particular to porters.)
  2. Peel the potatoes and bring them to boil. I like to sprinkle some garlic salt
    into the water.
  3. Peel and chop up the carrots and onions.
  4. Test the potatoes with a fork. Mash them if tender.
  5. Put some oil in the skillet and brown the meat.
  6. Add in the carrots, onion, broth, and the other beer.
  7. Add some garlic salt and pepper. I like large amounts of each.
  8. Cover skillet and simmer for 20 minutes (until the carrots are soft).
  9. Take of the cover and allow it to simmer down. I liberally added garlic powder here. Stir occasionally.
  10. Enjoy the sound of your kids saying how amazing the house smells!
  11. After a while, I threw in some flour to thicken it up.
  12. Check that first beer. Sip if needed.
  13. Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the mash potatoes.
  14. Spoon this mixture into the pie crust. (There might be too much. Don’t feel compelled to make it all fit.)
  15. Sprinkle the bacon over the top. I added a few pats of butter so the mixture wouldn’t be too dry.
  16. Cover with the top crust and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. (Covering the edges of the crust for all but the last 10 minutes.)

The house smelled as great as the pie tasted! A perfect end to a year of meat pies!

I’m definitely keeping this recipe. Next time, I’ll add mushrooms.

Some pictures from the process

The year in review

January: New Zealand Bacon & Egg Pie
February: New Zealand Beef & Onion Pie
March: St. Patty’s Day Steak, Guinness, & Cheese Pie
April: Cornish Pasties
May: Blokes Who Bake “Easy Peasy” Pie
June: Traditional New Zealand Shepherd’s Pie
July: Butcher Dan’s Tourtiere Pie
August: Steak, Guinness, Cheese, & BACON Pie
September: 3 Meat Pie Month
October: My own creation: a beef, bacon, red wine, and cheese pie
November: My take on “Dad’s Favorite Aussie Pie”

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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