I thought i’d post one of my favourite autumn/winter recipes for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is so easy and cheap to make and secondly it’s an idiot proof recipe that is sure to put a big smile on your face on a cold day and keep you nice and warm and not to forget the fact that it tastes so good.
First up you’ll need to go grab yourself the following ingredients:
- 2 celery stick (chopped roughly and thick)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 big carrots (Grab the biggest you can, halve them and again chop thickly)
- 4 bay Leaves
- 4 sprigs of Thyme
- 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp. of Butter
- 2 tbsp. of plain flour
- 2 tbsp. of tomato puree
- 2 tbsp. of Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 beef stock Cubes (you’ll need to crumble these in)
- 850g of Stewing Beef (cut roughly and into large chunks)
Once you have all of this you are ready to start! The worlds easiest Method is below:
- Heat your oven to 160c/140c Fan/gas 3. Boil your kettle (make yourself a coffee while you are there). Throw into the casserole dish all of your chopped ingredients including the Bay leaves and sprigs of thyme along with your oil and butter and begin to soften for 10 minutes, then stir in your flour until the ‘dusty’ look disappears. once the flour is stirred in add the puree and Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes, crumble the beef stock cubes in.
- begin to slowly stir in 00ml of boiling water, once complete add all of the chopped beef and allow to gently simmer. pop the lid on once simmering and place in the oven for 2hrs 30mins then remove the lid for another 30/60 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken and meat to become really tender.
I like to serve it with some thick creamy mash potato just to finish it off. This really is a very easy dish to prep and make with minimal effort and is more often than not my go to lazy autumn/winter meal to cook.
If you are being naughty then you can always have a glass of red wine as well.