Want to try and keep it simple as I have a tendency to flap in the kitchen if I have loads to do. Can anyone please give their fail safe recipe for a one pot dish. I am happy to do rice/ potatoes and veg side dishes but want it look a bit special.
Venison or beef bourguignon. Pre heat oven 180C Fry off diced venison or beef shin in batches, deglaze pan with boiling water, keep juices. In casserole dish, fry a sliced onion and diced carrot until soft. Add meat to pan with salt, pepper and 1 table spoon flour . Put in oven 5-8 mins to crust flour. Pour over 1 bottle red wine and 1/2 pint beef stock. Stir in 2 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon tomato puree, 1 teaspoon of tyme. Put lid on bake 2-3 hours. Make braised onions, peel 18 mini onions or shallots. Fry in olive oil and lots of butter until brown. Pour in 1/4 pint of beef stock, cover with lid simmer gently for 30 mins. Last 30 minutes of cooking add onions and whole button mushrooms Serve with cauliflower cheese.
Baked fish in tomato sauce. Make sauce the day before. I think it's Jamie Oliver's recipe. Take a bunch of basil, pull leaves off and set aside. Chop stalks up small and fry in a little oil with 3 grated garlic cloves and a pierced whole red chilli. Two mins. Add 2 tins of good plum tomatoes and splash (desertspoon) of red wine vinegar and break up tomatoes. Reduce (simmer) for 20 mins. Cool and put in fridge.
On dinner party day, remove chilli and put sauce in baking dish. Oven at 200. Set white fish fillets on top of sauce. One for each person. Sprinkle chopped up basil leaves on top of fish. Chop up good handful of stoned black olives and sprinkle over. One teaspoon capers also sprinkled over. Put in oven. About 15 minutes, depends how thick fish is. Check fish is white inside at thickest part, not pinky or transparent then it's cooked. Serve with basmati rice, green salad and bread to share. This serves 4 adults, is cheaper than meat, and always goes down well here. For more people, just double up sauce recipe and use two baking dishes.