When it's cold outside there's nothing I like more than some stew (or soup but that's another days posting) so being brass monkeys as the husbag would call it I decided it was a day for some beef stew. I also have an excuse to use my new Le Creuset pot!!!
- 1lb round steak cut into chunks
- 2 large carrots
- 1 large onion -I like to use red but use whatever you like personally
- 1/2 a butternut squash - use whatever winter veg you fancy this is just what I had today
- 1 litre stock
- couple of tablespoons of plain flour seasoned with salt and pepper
- herbs - I used oregano and basil as I like Italian flavours but you could use mixed herbs or a couple of different ones
- Olive oil
- 125g flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 15ml olive oil
- 2 tbsp oregano (I've used dried)
- 2 tbsp basil, dried again
- 125ml milk
So enough rambling here's the jist of it:
- Heat some olive oil in a pot, I have 2 teaspoons cos I'm dieting and know the value of this
- Toss the cubed steak in the seasoned flour and brush off the excess flour.
- Put the steak into the pot and brown in batches, it's easier to make sure none of it gets too brown if you put in smaller ammounts
- When all the steak is browned put it to the side and add some more olive oil to the pan, pop in your onions and saute for a few mins until softened, add your carrots and other veg and cook for another 5 mins
- Put the steak back into the pan and add your stock and herbs, salt and pepper and put the lid on.
I make these in a food processor, throwing in everything together. Knead the dough for a couple of mins and then shape into balls about the size of a walnut maybe. These are done when they've risen and browned slightly on top mmmmmmmmmm
Once you've checked everything is cooked to your liking, serve.
Now that this is written this looks more technical than it actually us, really just throw everything into a pot and cook until you're happy with it :)