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Beef Casserole Recipe

A traditional UK recipe which transforms good braising steak into a mouth watering delicacy. It can be cooked in the oven (a casserole) or on the hob (a stew).

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INGREDIENTS

700g / 1½ lb braising (or stewing) steak
2 medium potatoes
2 medium carrots
1 large onion
25g / 1oz plain flour
400g / 14oz can of chopped tomatoes
420ml / ¾ pint of beef stock (two cubes)
4 tablespoons of red wine
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Nutrition information per portion
  • Calories
    713
  • Protein
    35g
  • Carbs
    48g
  • Sugars
    10g
  • Fat
    44g
  • Saturates
    16g

PREPARATION

:
20 minutes

COOKING

:
2½ hours

DIFFICULTY

:
Easy

FREEZE

?
Yes

SERVINGS

:
4 portions

EQUIPMENT

:
1 large frying pan. 1 casserole dish or 1 large pan.
Ingredients for Beef Casserole
Some of the ingredients for Beef Casserole

PREPARATION

Remove excess fat from the meat and cut into 2cm (1 inch) cubes.

Peel and slice the carrots.

Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes.

Peel the onion, slice and roughly chop.

COOK'S NOTES FOR BEEF CASSEROLE

Braising or stewing steak from the supermarkets is fine. But it's far better if you can buy meat from your local butcher. It's more likely to be produced locally, you have the chance to ask the butcher that question if you want. It's likely to be better quality because your butcher specialises in meat, game and poultry.
Our meat was supplied by Lewis the butchers in Kineton, Warwick. They have been supplying meat to the local community for over a hundred years and through three family generations.

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RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Pour one tablespoon of the oil into the frying pan and heat to a medium high temperature and add the meat cubes.

Cook for a couple of minutes until the cubes of meat are browned on all sides. Turn and stir the meat while it is cooking. Place the meat in a casserole dish or pan. Keep the meat juices for the stock.

STEP 2
Start the oven pre-heating by turning it to 150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2.
Using the meat juices, hot water and two stock cubes, mix up the stock for use later.
 
STEP 3
Pour the remaining oil into the frying pan, heat to a medium heat and add the onions. Fry them, turning constantly for about 5 minutes until they are soft.

Sprinkle the flour over the onions and keep stirring for a minute. The flour is added to thicken the sauce.

STEP 4
Stirring constantly, slowly pour the stock over the onions and bring the mixture to the boil, then turn the heat to low.

Stir in the tomatoes and add salt and pepper. Stir well and let it simmer for two minutes.

STEP 5
Pour the tomato and onion sauce into the casserole dish (pan if cooking on the hob). Add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, red wine and mix well with a spoon.

Place the casserole dish (lid on) in the pre-heated oven (150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2) for 2½ hours. If cooking on the hob, turn the heat to low.

STEP 6
So, what do you serve with your beef casserole? We can recommend dumplings, they go so well with this dish. The dumpling mixture needs to be added to the casserole dish 20 minutes before the end of cooking. Only four ingredients are required and you have 2 hours to go and find them! Click here for our dumplings recipe.
23 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 4.5 star rating
five star rating
11 April 2013
From: Gail
This recipe was so simple I really didn't expect it to taste so delicious. My children absolutely loved it and asked for seconds.
four star rating
16 November 2011
From: Garry Sully
Have used this recipe several times now and as my culinary confidence grows I have added different ingredients and experimented with different cuts of beef too. Like a tin of Ronseal.....it does exactly as it says on the tin. Beef Casserole.....SIMPLES!!!
five star rating
29 March 2012
From: Richard Jones
Quick and simple to make and tastes great. I don't normally like chopped tomatoes in casseroles as they hijack the taste but not in this case. I chuck in a bouquet garni and a dash of L&P and the sauce tastes great.
five star rating
15 April 2012
From: Andy
Excellent recipe - great to see people being inspired by it. Instead of red wine you can use beer, especially a dark beer, eg Guinness or bitter. Dumplings are good - 4oz flour, 1 & a half teasp. baking powder. 2oz. suet, salt(1 teasp.) & pepper, mix into soft dough with just enough water & divide into 8 dumplings.25 mins before ready, get casserole out of oven & put the dumplings in, pushing under liquid & put it back in oven for 25 mins - lovely!(one of Delia's I think)
five star rating
12 June 2012
From: Michelle
Thank you so much for this recipe, My husband loves beef casserole and I am going to give the mother in law some stiff competition now, will let you know how it goes, thanks again.
five star rating
3 July 2012
From: Scotty
This was a delicious casserole. Followed it to a t and meat and sauce both delicious.
five star rating
7 October 2012
From: Alan R
Simple and delicious - great with puff pastry too!
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