Winter is upon us, which means it’s time for some serious rib-sticking food. Recently I was forced to decide between shepherd’s pie and a steak and ale pie, and I really didn’t know what to do. I thought to myself “why can’t the two be combined?” which quickly turned to an indignant “why aren’t these things combined?” So you know what I did? I combined them.

This recipe is all about the layers (even if they sort of combine a little when you serve it). From the bottom up, we’re going scallion mash, buttery mushrooms cooked in ale, gorgonzola cheese, steak with ale gravy, spicy mashed sweet potatoes with apple cider vinegar and maple syrup and puff pastry to top it all off. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, maybe you should reconsider why you’re visiting a food website.