Simple Slow Cook Stew
Delicious slow cooked beef stew with just 7 ingredients (+ olive oil). This takes a few minutes to prep then put it in the oven, so you can get on with your day! Just the sort of recipe I like to make on a cold day. It would freeze well and you can also blend it (see Quick Tip below*). With the addition of potato and carrot it is a one pot meal in itself: hearty and filling.
Makes 2 adult, or 4 small child portions
You need ~
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, peeled & chopped
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
2 small potatoes, peeled & chopped
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 spring of thyme
500ml stock, or water
400g braising beef, cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 170C (fan oven)
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed casserole dish over a medium heat: add the chopped onion and carrot and soften for 5-10 mins, without browning. Then add the thyme, tomato purée, potato and stock, or water: bring up to the boil
Meanwhile brown the braising steak in a little olive oil, in batches, searing all sides. I use a frying pan that I can warm to a high temp. Add the beef and the rest of the juices to the veg: after each batch is cooked (2-3 batches).
Once all the beef has been added and the Stew has come up to the boil. Add a tightly fitting lid. Place in the oven for 1 hour 15 mins to cook. You can check halfway and see if any more liquid is needed. Once easy leave to cool and then serve.
*Quick Tip: You could blend this for babies 9-12 months, adding a little more water to blend.