Very lazy beef stew

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Serves: 4

By Reality



  • 1 tbsp flour

  • 1 large onion roughly chopped

  • 1 pint stock

  • 1 bouquet garni

  • 3 potatoes

  • 500g stewing steak diced

  • 500g carrot


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas Mark 3.
  2. In a big casserole dish, heat some oil.
  3. Lob in the meat, onion, whole carrots and flour.
  4. Brown for a bit.
  5. While it's browning, wash and slice (don't peel) the potatoes.
  6. Add the stock to the pan, and the bouquet garni.
  7. Layer the potatoes on top (like a hotpot).
  8. Cook in oven with lid on for as long as possible (2 hours minimum), then take the lid off and turn up the heat until the potatoes are browned and crispy.
  9. Remember to take the bouquet garni out before serving.

Handy Hint

When and how to freeze: Cover with a tight layer of clingfilm and freeze after baking.
How long will it last?: Up to six months
How do I cook it?: Put it in the fridge overnight to defrost, then cook as normal

Additional Information

  • stew

  • beef

  • Main Course

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  • clippityclop 28/06/16 23:34

    Put a glass of red wine and a splash of Worcestershire sauce in your measurig jug then add and oxo cube and top up with hot water to make up thea pint of liquid for a tastier gravy.

  • Flapjax 28/02/15 17:31

    Can this be cooked in a slow cooker?

  • Reality 01/04/11 14:23

    This is my laziest ever meal (other than frozen pizza, but you know what I mean). Very little chopping and preparing, even less if you buy pre diced meat, it's really just chopping onion and slicing potatoes. If you prefer to ponce it up, you could call it Rustic Stew [grin]