Frosted cars, ice on the pond and Christmas decorations … all sure signs that winter is upon us. In a frosty climate it can be a challenge to simply raid the fridge and make a fulfilling meal.
So instead, make a delicious and hearty winter beef stew. Cost-effective and versatile, it warms both body and soul during the cold winter nights.
Hearty Winter Beef Stew
The recipe makes enough stew for a few meals. It’s so versatile and works with many side dishes, e.g. black bean coconut rice or a simple rice and pea stir fry. It can also be used to make a filling puff pastry pie, to go with cabbage and triple cooked chips.
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Oven-proof casserole dish (with lid)
- Frying pan (optional)
- Kitchen tongs
- 1kg braising steak
- 1 onion
- 2 large carrots
- 1 large parsnip
- 200g pearl barley
- 200g button mushrooms
- 400g tin of cannellini beans
- 500ml red cooking wine
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 120°C/250°F.
- Dice the onion, carrots and parsnip. Drain the cannellini beans.
- Heat oil in a frying pan (or direct to casserole dish if cast iron), sear braising steak all over.
- Add salt, pepper, onions and bay leaves and fry for a couple of minutes.
- If using a frying pan, transfer contents to casserole dish.
- Add cannellini beans, diced carrots, parsnip and mushrooms into casserole dish.
- Add 300ml red wine and then water to the level of the ingredients.
- Stir the mixture together. Cover and place in the oven.
- After 2 hours, remove casserole dish from oven. Add remaining red cooking wine, stir and return to oven.
- Continue to cook for another 2-3 hours until beef is tender and can easily be pulled apart.
- Serve with vegetables or other side dishes.
Hints, Tips and Pictures
- To make a pie, buy some pre-made puff pastry sheets and bake in the oven, then place on top of pre-heated stew.
- The stew can be kept in the fridge and re-heated for further meals.
- Heat some stew up in a small saucepan and place in a pre-heated thermos flask for a hearty lunch at work.
- Turn the braising steak with a pair of kitcen tongs to get full searing.