Beef & vegetable casserole

Beef & vegetable casserole

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 3 hrs, 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5

A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy - an ideal recipe for cheap cuts as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
483
protein
33.7g
carbs
14.3g
fat
32.6g
saturates
13.4g
fibre
2.3g
sugar
7.4g
salt
1.6g

Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 really big carrots, halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef (featherblade or brisket works nicely), cut into nice large chunks

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the kettle on. Put the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a casserole with 1 tbsp oil and the butter. Soften for 10 mins, then stir in the flour until it doesn’t look dusty anymore, followed by the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes.
  2. Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and put in the oven for 2hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30mins – 1hr more until the meat is really tender and the sauce is thickened.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, January 2012

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flowergirl0113's picture

Delicious. Will definitely make again. Would also make an excellent pie filling, just make gravy a little thicker. Will have to give it a try

afgilbert's picture
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A terrific recipe that was liked by all. It was a bit watery so next time I'll cool it longer without the lid on.

esmilky's picture
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I'm not a meat eater, but cooked this for my 3 girls and their grandparents. Everyone said how delicious the meat tasted and all had clean plates! My 5 yr olds are usually quite fussy, but they too really enjoyed this dish. Will definitely be cooking it again!

omegaa123's picture
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fantastic casserole everybody who has tasted it has asked for the recipe.a firm family favourite.

annie2817's picture

This is absolutely divine. The meat was so unbelievably tender and the richness of the gravy was just glorious. Stayed true to the recipe and will certainly do this again. Recommended. Amazing dish.

josieduncan's picture
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Beautiful

yuginteo's picture
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Fantastic recipe!

parham1's picture
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Delicious casserole, quick and easy to prepare. It didn't make any difference not browning the meat first, which I find very tedious, so this will now be my beef casserole recipe of choice. Thank you!

inkypink's picture

Lovely and rich and very easy. I always add extra carrots to casseroles as I love the flavour when they're slow cooked. I used a beef stockpot rather than a cube.
Top tip: don't do as I did and pick up the lid of the pan just after taking out of the oven. Picture Tom and Jerry style massive throbbing hand!!!

gemmac25's picture

How do you do this in a slow cooker? I'm new to slow cooking! :)

barnum's picture

Cooked this in my slow cooker. Absolutely divine. I used braising steak in slabs, some leftover Chantenay carrots in addition to others, wholemeal flour to thicken.
Used some home-made beef stock and 1 Oxo, crumbled.
Left it overnight to cook.
Family had to eat at different times of day so this was constantly "on tap" for anyone who neded feeding, with some mash and cabbage.
Everyone loved it!!

suzeww's picture
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Absolutley gorgeous, easy to put together with no browning of the meat, then just pop in the oven and get on with your day. I would put more carrots in next time everyone was moaning that they only had 1.

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