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Bulking out braising steak

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FusionChefGeoff Mon 19-Mar-18 20:42:51

Got some cheap cubed braising steak but still pretty pricey if I do my usual beef stifafo recipe.

Would lentils work to bulk it out or would it be a bit of a weird combo?

Mix of carrots / celery / suede?? / potatoes perhaps?

Any other recipes / ideas?

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InDubiousBattle Mon 19-Mar-18 20:45:40

If it's stifado I would add lots of shallots and tomatoes. Lots of crusty bread or crispy potatoes. Cannellini beans might be nice too?

FusionChefGeoff Mon 19-Mar-18 22:08:19

Yes cannelini beans are a good shout.

Doesn't have to be stifafo - happy with a more traditional casserole just need it to go a long way!

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MsHomeSlice Mon 19-Mar-18 22:09:24


don't cut them too small, or put them in too early otherwise they vanish.

RaindropsAndSparkles Mon 19-Mar-18 22:12:26

How much have you got and how many people

WorkingBling Mon 19-Mar-18 22:12:30

When trying to make stews go further I tend to add some chopped.tomatoe and also some beans or chickpeas and plenty of root veg like carrots and potatoes. Also ensure the base is substantial - onions, leeks, celery etc

Crispbutty Mon 19-Mar-18 22:14:15

I make stew with steak, onions, carrots, swede, celery. And you could add potatoes too.

FusionChefGeoff Mon 19-Mar-18 22:22:19

No fixed number to feed but I've got 1kg of steak and like to batch a load for the freezer and for a friend.

All good ideas so I'm going to do them all!

- chopped up base celery, onions and small carrots
- chunks of suede, potatoes and parsnips
- mushrooms towards the end
- tinned Toms
- cannelini beans

Maybe beef stock, thyme, bit of bacon too, bit of Guiness, yummy!

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RaindropsAndSparkles Mon 19-Mar-18 22:22:59

Lots of gravy and top with dumplings.

YoucancallmeVal Tue 20-Mar-18 06:25:43

Barley rather than lentils maybe, if you wanted 'bulk' rather than 'ingredient'.

kateandme Tue 20-Mar-18 10:58:09

don't orget the garlic!
barley or buckwheat work great
sweet potatos and potato
gravy granules for great flavour and thickener.
perhaps a touch of smoked paprika
dash of wine or vinegar.
tom paste

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FawnDrench Tue 20-Mar-18 18:15:33

Grated courgette gives bulk with very little taste.

BertrandRussell Tue 20-Mar-18 18:19:11

I would probably cook it as it is, then freeze in smaller portions and add a tin of canillini beans when I reheated it.

ShortandAnnoying Tue 20-Mar-18 18:21:06

Mix of carrots / celery / suede?? / potatoes perhaps
Suede might be a bit chewy grin
Butterbeans are very Greek so I'd go for those if you like beans.

InDubiousBattle Tue 20-Mar-18 18:24:58

Dumplings are a good way to make a stew very filling but has anyone ever frozen them? Do they freeze ok?

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