Family meals: Easy beef stew with sweet potato topping

Family meals: Easy beef stew with sweet potato topping

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves a family of 4 - 6 or makes 6-8 toddler meals

Perfect for the whole family, this freezable pie makes a great meal for toddlers and teens alike and has plenty of hidden veg

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (4)

kcalories
474
protein
31.2g
carbs
56g
fat
14.1g
saturates
5.7g
fibre
10.9g
sugar
19g
salt
1.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely diced (about 130g)
  • 1-2 sticks celery, finely diced (about 130g)
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400-500g braising steak
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 low-salt beef stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 x 25g pack parsley, stalks and leaves finely chopped separately
  • 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • knob of butter
  • handful grated cheddar

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Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the onions and cook for 2 mins, then add the carrot and celery and cook until softened. Add a little water if the mixture sticks.
  2. Add the braising steak and cook until browned, then stir in the garlic and cinnamon and cook for a further 1 – 2 mins until the aromas are released.
  3. Add the stock cube to 500ml boiling water and stir into the meat, along with the tomato purée and parsley stalks. Bring to the boil and simmer covered for 1 hour, then take off the lid and simmer for another hour or until the meat is very tender. Stir in the chopped parsley leaves.
  4. Transfer the stew into a medium-sized ceramic dish (that would be big enough for four adults), or into 6 - 8 large ramekins for make-ahead toddler portions.
  5. Meanwhile, steam or boil the sweet potatoes until tender. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C fan/ gas mark 6. Drain the potatoes well and mash with the butter. Spoon on top of the meat, sprinkle with the cheese and cook on the top shelf for around 20 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  6. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time. Defrost thoroughly before cooking - you can do this by leaving it in the fridge overnight if you like. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C fan/ gas mark 6 and cook for around 30 - 35 mins or until golden, bubbling and hot throughout.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, June 2012

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Norma. mackey's picture
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Although I like sweet potato, I didn't think it was a good topping to this meal . Don't think I'd try this again but if I did, I would use ordinary potatoes. Disappointing.

Natasha Chrissie's picture
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Made this tonight for me and my little one and we both loved it. You will need to use more water and beef stock cube though as 500ml and one cube won't be enough. It was fine after that. But that might be due to not having a lower setting on my gas cooker and as a result the stew was boiling a little rather than simmering. I did change knob after 1hr and used the last hr on a smaller one. When I changed over I just used another 500ml and a stock cube again and it was perfect. The sauce thickened and there was plenty left in for when it needed to go in the oven. I would probably use a little more sweet potato though. Otherwise perfect dish and will certainly use again.

Amber56's picture
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Made this tonight but would agree with a lot of the comments on here
1. I used 1.5 cinnamon sticks as no ground cinnamon and was thankful as removed after 45mins
2. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
3. You definately need more stock-used nearly double as cooking time is a lot longer then stated
4. Would use slow cooker next time as I ended up cooking this for 3-4 hours !
All that said a very tasty recipe -Substituted peas for celery as we are not celery fans and I wanted to keep the veg count up

heather444's picture
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Made this last night and was a little nervous about using so much sweet potato as I'm not normally a huge fan of it, however I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, empty plates all round! I ended up using extra sweet potato and it worked really well.

food for beany's picture

Forgot to say I mixed sweet and normal potatoes for the mash which it's less sweet. Tasty!

food for beany's picture

I also mixed normal and sweet and potatoes and it was delicious. A huge success with my 3 year old. Great family meal.

mappiah's picture

I found the cinnamon over powering and although I really like sweet potato, it just didn't go well with this dish.

lauralaura2010's picture

This dish is yummy. Some petit pois and some good old brown sauce finish it off nicely too hmmm :)

blurpyblurp's picture

Followed ingredients with the exception of using normal potatoes for mash instead of sweet ones. It tasted ok but seemed a bit boring. Would probably add thyme and other herbs next time. Perhaps the sweet potato also helps with the flavours well but my kids whine too much about it. Also will use slow cooker next time but need to make sure I have time to do that ahead too.

elmalauder's picture

could calorie count be added to recipies

jacquidargie's picture
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This recipe did not go down well with my family. The beef mixture was extremely tasty but the topping was yuk!!! I will make the beef stew again but next time will serve with new pototoes and veg.

gillaaa2's picture
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Really easy to make, although it takes a lot of time. Empty plates all round. Also froze really well :)

bonbon1014's picture
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Loved by everyone!!! Great dish.

lisamcd's picture
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The meat would have been alot better tender so next time will do in the slow cooker and my kids werent so keen on the sweet potato so would do normal mash but part from that its great tyvm :)

profilea2's picture
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oops forgot to rate!

profilea2's picture
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great family supper. recommend making the meat a day ahead, or pop in the slow cooker the morning as its really a two stage dish. I substituted about 1 third potato with the sweet potato to firm it up a bit and make it easier t spread the topping. And I found putting it it oven made the cheese much nicer and bubblier than under the grill.

mrschenj's picture
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Yum! Never thought e sweet potatoes would make such a delicious difference. Everyone loved it!

janerf1's picture
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This recipe is gorge although I had to use normal mash for my husband! Quick note though, if you go overboard slightly on the cinnamon as I did, I found a dollop of mustard sorted it right out!! Happy eating X

jennyb91's picture
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Me and my partner loved this. I did the beef in the slow cooker and it was so succulent. Instead of butter and cheese on top, I just mashed the sweet potatoes with garlic and herb Philadelphia. Great if you're on a diet too, served mine with spiced red cabbage. Definitely a staple in our house now.

miche88's picture
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Very tasty! Next time i would use more liquid and cook it in the slow cooker so the meet is extra tender.

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