Mel and Mal's Beef & Red Wine Casserole

Ingredients
  • 750g stewing beef, cut into chunks
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1 large onion or 4 shallots, chopped and sliced finely
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 12 button mushrooms
  • 1/4 pt of beef stock
  • 1/4 pt of red wine
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

For busy people everywhere! Just pop all the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it simmer away all day - your dinner will be ready when you get home!

Use cheaper cuts of meat in any stew which is going to be slow cooked - not only does it save money but these cuts of meat are often much tastier!

Serves : 4        Prep/Cooking Time : 6 hours in slow cook

Tip : If you don't have a slow cooker, use a conventional casserole pot in the oven on 150°C and cook for 2 hours

Instructions

Sear the meat

In a large frying pan heat up the oil until it is very hot.

In the meantime, roll the chunks of meat into the flour, coating all over.

Carefully place the meat into the frying pan and sear quickly as this helps to keep the juices in the meat and the flour helps to thicken the casserole up.

Place into your slow cooker

All into the pot it goes!

Put the onion, carrots and mushrooms into the slow cooker with the meat.

Pour over the beef stock and the red wine, then season with the salt and pepper

Set to the low setting for 6 hours (slower cooking on a lower heat will ensure that the meat is tender and melts in your mouth)

Thicken the juices

When the stew has finished cooking*, check that the juices are thickened.

If you think it could do with thickening up a little, take 1 tsp of cornflour, mix with a little cold water and pour into the slow cooker, mixing well. This will do the job and thicken the stew up.

To serve, place into large flat dishes or platters and serve with warm crusty bread.

* When the cooking time is up, test a piece of the meat to make sure it is tender and not chewy. If it is, it will need to go back on for another hour or so. If you think it needs a little more liquid, just add 3 or 4tbsp of beef stock

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