Heart Warming Beef Casserole

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With this much cooler weather coming in so is my want and need for warm comforting food!  I do love a good casserole everything goes into the dish and bung it into the oven for a few hours and do whatever you need to do washing, ironing, homework, cleaning or even just a cuppa and voila a yummy dinner and clean plates at the end.  Like everything people make their casseroles differently, so here’s how I make mine and maybe you guys have other tips x

What you’ll need:

800g Diced Beef

1 Pkt of Bacon Lardons

2 sticks Celery

1 Lge Onion

4 Carrots

1/2 Turnip

1 Clove Garlic

400g Plum Tomatoes

1 Sachet Bouqet Garni

1/2 Glass Red Wine

2 Knorr lower salt Beef Stock (or fresh Beef stock if your really good)

1 Litre Hot Water

What to do:

Put your oven up to 200’c, use a casserole dish ideally that you can use on the hob and in the oven.  Firstly brown off your Beef you will have to do this in 2 batches, don’t overload the dish or else it will stew instead of brown, when browned remove and put in a bowl and put aside.  Next fry off your bacon lardons, when they are cooked add your wine and deglaze your pan.

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Add your chopped onion and celery, fry off for 3-4 minutes and add your roughly chopped carrots, turnip and garlic, put on a lid and leave for a further 5 minutes, add your 2 stock cubes to the 1 litre of hot water.

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Add in your beef and juices (all the flavour) sprinkle over your Tbsp of flour then add tomatoes, stock and bouqet garni and bring to the boil.  Put on a lid and put in the oven for 2 hours, after 2 hours take it out and stir, add a little salt and lots of pepper! Put back in the oven without the lid for a further 1/2 hour, take out of the oven and serve with lovely creamy mash and can be eaten by Abbie which is a big bonus, that’s why I don’t use packets because most of them contain Milk or Eggs!

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Give it a go and let me know what you think and if you have tips to change it up a bit.

Sarah x

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