Braised Short Rib, Stout, and Potato Potpies

Braised Short Rib, Stout, and Potato Potpies
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Makes eight mini potpies or one 12-inch potpie

Braised Short Rib stewed in Guinness make up the filling of this Irish meat pie, while crisped potatoes form the top "crust" of this wintertime potpie.


For the Filling

  • 4 pounds boneless short ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 2 bottles (12 ounces) stout, preferably Guinness (3 cups)

  • 2 rosemary sprigs

  • 1 pound cipollini onions, peeled

For the Topping

  • 6 medium russet potatoes (3 ½ pounds)

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Make the filling: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Dredge short ribs in flour, coating all sides. Transfer to a large plate. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, brown short ribs, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a large plate using kitchen tongs.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add yellow onion to Dutch oven, and cook until golden, about 8 minutes. Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Return meat to Dutch oven. Add stout and rosemary. Bring to a simmer. Cover, and transfer to oven. Bake for 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Remove Dutch oven from oven, and add cipollini onions. Braise until meat is tender and onions are cooked through, about 30 minutes. Shred meat using 2 forks. Season with salt and pepper. Divide filling among eight mini (1-cup) pie plates, or transfer to a 12-inch (8-cup) gratin dish.

  4. Make the topping: Raise oven temperature to 375 degrees. Peel potatoes, and very thinly slice each (preferably on a mandoline). Arrange potatoes over meat to form tight concentric circles, working around the edge and overlapping each potato by three-quarters. Brush with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until topping is golden and filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes for mini potpies (1 hour for large potpie).

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