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