Winter is my favorite month of the year; slow wholesome cooking that is bursting with flavour, open fires and of course the local red wines!
I went for a walk this morning to check on all things farm life, and noticed that spring is waiting for no man this year.

It’s been a super cold, but a super quick winter and sure signs of spring are everywhere. Daffodils are preening and young happy lambs are bouncing in my paddocks with plenty of fodder from such a wonderful winter season.

HOLD UP Mother Nature, I’ve got a couple of winter warmers still to share with My Country Kitchen friends!

Here’s a great one pot, economical Casserole to warm y’all up as you wave off the chilly days. Enjoy the last of the winter sport and inside days! This wholesome and hearty dish will work as a great meal for any season and freezes well!

Enjoy

Sara

One Pot Beef Casserole 
Prep Time: 10 minutes         Cook Time: 2.5 hours

 Ingredients:

  • ·      1kg Diced Chuck, Diced Gravy Beef or Diced Topside
  • ·      1 medium brown onion diced
  • ·      2 celery sticks finely diced
  • ·      2 carrots peeled and diced
  • ·      1 tbsp plain flour
  •      1Tbsp Keens Curry Power
  • ·      3 cups beef or vegetable stock
  • ·      Small tub 140g tomato paste
  • ·      3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into a large dice
  • ·      2 fresh bay leaves
  • ·      4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ·      2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ·      ¼ cup fresh parsley diced (garnish)

 Method:

  1. Select stove and ovenproof pot with lid.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  3. Season beef with salt and pepper, add 2 tbsp oil, and mix well.
  4. Heat a large fry pan over a medium-high heat.
  5. Brown the beef in 2 or 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in a separate dish.
  6. Reduce heat in the pan, add a little oil, add onion, celery, carrots and curry powder, simmer for 1–2 minutes occasionally stirring.
  7. Sprinkle flour on vegetables and stir until the vegetables are coated.
  8. Gradually pour in stock and add the tomato paste, stirring well.
  9. Add the potato and herbs to the vegetables and stir until mixture boils.
  10. Place beef back into the casserole dish and stir to combine.
  11. Cover the casserole dish, place in oven, and cook until the beef is very tender. Stir every 40 minutes or so, add water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered   

 

If you do not enjoy the subtle curry flavour, you can substitute a tsp of coriander & cumin spice to boost the flavour!

If you are time poor and still wish to cook this delish one-pot casserole, simply use alternate diced beef rump to reduce your cooking time. You will not loose out on flavor or tenderness:

  • ·      Topside, round or blade will require 1.5 to 2 hours cooking time

  • ·      Rump will require 1 to 1.5 hours cooking time


  • For more tips and tricks to cooking sensational winter warmers click Tips & Tricks Winter Warmers