Simple beef stew

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This is one to assemble in 15 minutes and allow to cook while you are eating or watching television and then the next night's dinner is taken care of. Experiment with ingredients: you may want to include caraway seeds or chilli paste or chutney.

Simple beef stew
Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg chuck or blade steak, cut into large cubes
  • 60g plain flour
  • 2 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 x 400g can peeled tomatoes in juice
  • 1 glass white or red wine
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 stick celery, finely sliced
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.

Roll beef in flour mixed with paprika (easiest to do in a plastic or paper bag). Put into an enamelled, cast-iron casserole that will hold all the ingredients comfortably with not too much extra space.

Whiz tomatoes and their juice in a food processor, or crush roughly with a wooden spoon, and add to meat. Add remaining ingredients to casserole and stir. Press a piece of baking paper over contents and cover with lid. Cook in oven, undisturbed, for 2 hours.

Simple beef stew.
Photo: Rebecca Hallas

Taste for seasoning. Check if meat is tender and cook longer, if necessary.

Offer stew with a bowl of yoghurt and maybe a small bowl of sliced pickled dill cucumbers. Or serve with simply cooked carrots or another vegetable alongside if you are happy to dirty another pot.

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  • Main Ingredients - Beef
  • Cuisine - Irish
  • Course - Main-course
  • Occasion - Family meals

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  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    It was the best stew I've ever made, I think the baking paper kept the steam in and the meat stewed to a delicious tenderness, but it still lacked something in flavour. Next time I'll add a good dollop of chutney or mustard or I'll add some caramelised onions with the raw onions, something just to give it a bit more oomph.

    (That said, my kids scoffed it in and praised it dramatically until I got sick of being thanked!)

    Commenter
    Bad Stew Cook
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    Date and time
    November 16, 2013, 8:12PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I've cooked this at least once each winter for the past 10 years or so, each time throwing in random things from the fridge, whatever we have in jars to use up. Usually it's home made tomato relish, mustard or something similar. Last time i put in a tablespoon of some rogan josh paste we had in the fridge, and despite being worried that I'd end up with a curry it just added a lot of depth to the stew and made it the best one yet. This stew is plain without embellishments so I recommend experimenting for the best results. I've mostly used chuck on the bone but haven't the past couple of times (just boneless stewing beef) and I've found it turns out better this way.

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    Trent
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    Melbourne
    Date and time
    July 15, 2015, 12:24PM

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