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Easy beef casserole

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Ijustworemytrenchcoat Sat 05-Apr-14 15:33:27

Hello, I want to make a beef casserole for my 7 month old baby and have previously just used Annabel Karmel recipes.

I'd like to not follow her recipes this time but am just wondering can I put all the veg in at the same time? I am asking because last time I decided to add some carrot to a beef and sweet potato recipe the carrot was too hard, even though it had cooked for a couple of hours. I'm sure I made a lamb stew once where all the veg was cooked together and it was great, floury potatoes, tender meat and soft veg.

I have the beef, potato, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, red and white onions and garlic to hand as well as oil, baby veg and chicken stock cubes, tom purée and passant and flour if needed. Can get herbs. Has anybody got an easy method for a useless cook? I don't mind starting it off on the hob and transferring to the oven if that is best.

I am a useless cook, I tend to panic about it drying up but I've read it's better to let it cook for longer than the recipe says to get the meat tender - if so do I just add extra liquid from the start or keep checking?

goodasitgets Sat 05-Apr-14 20:07:56

Ok smile
Don't bother browning the beef it makes little difference
Chop and fry off some onions, celery with some bay leaves
Then add your cubed beef, a tablespoon of plain flour and stir. Add chopped veg - I do decent size chunks of carrot and mushrooms
Add tin tomatoes and either stock/red wine/ale (whatever you have in) until the meat and veg is covered. Bring to the boil, cover and stick it in the oven until meat is tender. You probably need to stir it a couple of times, I use a cast iron casserole dish
It's flexible too, you could add some lea and perrins or a spoon or marmite or whatever you have in

goodasitgets Sat 05-Apr-14 20:09:30

It's basically this btw! I can't help with potatoes as I don't eat them but you could make into a kind of hotpot with slices on top and get then crispy
www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/beef-recipes/beef-and-ale-stew

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