Minced Beef with Suet Crust

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This delightful Minced Beef with Suet Crust creates the perfect dinner, especially during this time of the year when we all crave something warming. Minced beef, with lots of vegetables, hits the spot. Particularly when enveloped in a rich gravy and topped off with a lovely thick layer of suet crust.

Minced Beef with Suet Crust

The recipe takes a while, as we cook the meat for a couple of hours, but the time is well worth the wait. The resultant minced beef is tender, and the gravy is rich and enticing. Once a pan is filled with the meat, a suet topping is added, and as it bakes, the suet rises wonderfully, creating the perfect crust. Partway through baking, a little grated cheddar can be added to the top, but this is optional for those who desire it.

Minced Beef with Suet Crust Recipe

The recipe begins by making the minced beef. To do that, we fry the onions until soft. Then, we add carrot, celery, and potato, along with garlic. Once the vegetables start to soften, we transfer them to a bowl. Next, we fry some bacon lardons and add them to the bowl.

Afterward, we brown the minced beef, in batches, and add it to the bowl. We then sprinkle flour and sugar over the mixture, stirring it in. Next we deglaze the pan with red wine and return the mixture to the pan. After that we pour in some stock, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs. Stir the mixture, and simmer it for 2 hours. Add more wine and stock, as necessary, during the cooking time.

Minced Beef with Suet Crust

As the mixture cooks, we can make the suet topping. That is quite simple. We mix flour, baking powder, cornflour, and suet together. Mix in some dried thyme and seasoning. We stir in the milk until the mixture is fully combined into a sticky mass. Place minced beef filling into a 9-inch/23 cm square baking pan. Spoon the suet batter over the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, and if desired, sprinkle some cheddar cheese over the top partway through.

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The result is a Minced Beef with Suet Crust that tastes excellent. The crust bakes well, is light in texture, and complements the rich minced beef and vegetables for a delightful dinner.

Another great dish for dinner is Corned Beef & Potato Pie.

Minced Beef with Suet Crust

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Pies, TartsCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Medium


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  • Filling
  • 500g(1.1 lb) minced beef

  • 100g(3 1/2 oz) bacon lardons

  • 100g(3/4 cup) diced carrot

  • 150g(1 1/4 cups) diced onion

  • 75g(1/2 cup) diced celery

  • 210g(1 1/2 cups) diced potato

  • 200ml(1/2 cup+1/3 cup) beef stock – see note

  • 60ml(1/4 cup) red wine – see note

  • 20g2 tbps) plain flour

  • 12g(1 tbsp) caster sugar

  • 5ml(1 tsp) Worcestershire sauce

  • 6g(1 tsp) minced garlic

  • .5g(1/2 tsp) herbs de Provence, or mixed herbs

  • .5g(1/2 tsp) dried parsley

  • 3g(1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 30ml(2 tbsp) vegetable oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Suet Topping
  • 337g(2 1/4 cups, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup)plain flour

  • 18g(4 1/2 tsp) baking powder

  • 450ml(2 cups minus 2 tbsp) milk

  • 37g(4 1/2 tbsp) cornflour

  • 112g(1 cup) shredded suet

  • 1g(1 tsp) dried thyme

  • 60g(1/2 cup) grated cheddar cheese, optional

  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a large pan.
  • Add the onions and gently fry until they have softened.
  • Add the carrot, celery and potatoes and gently fry until they start to soften, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Put in the garlic next and cook for one minute.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  • In the same pan fry off the bacon lardons until they are cooked as you like, then transfer them to the bowl as well.
  • Next, add the remaining oil and brown the minced beef, in batches, and place in the bowl too.
  • Mix everything in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and flour over the top and stir through.
  • Deglaze the pan with the red wine.
  • Add the meat and veg mixture to the pan and stir.
  • Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and the herbs and stir again.
  • Bring the mixture back to the boil and then simmer gently, covered, for two hours, adjusting the seasoning.
  • Stir from time to time and add more wine and stock as necessary.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
  • Place the flour, cornflour, baking powder and suet into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the thyme, salt and pepper and stir again.
  • Stir in the milk and mix until everything is fully combined into a quite wet and sticky dough.
  • Pour the minced beef mixture into a 9 inch/23cm square baking pan and level it off.
  • Spoon the suet batter over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the suet has risen well.
  • After 10 minutes sprinkle over the cheddar cheese, if you wish.
  • A skewer poked into the suet should come out clean when it is fully cooked.


  • During cooking the liquid will start to evaporate, so have more stock and wine to add as necessary.


  1. All recipes with video, the exact proportion and instructions are excellent even most double left hand people are capable to make it.
    Thank you Geoff you put so much work and love to it

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