Tasty and warming beef and ale casserole

Earlier in the week I felt the need to cook something warming and tasty. It’s hard to be bothered cooking real hearty food after a long day at work, but I decided to put the effort in. This recipe was something from the Hairy Dieters book, so is fairly guilt-free too!

Hairy Bikers beef casserole

What you’ll need (to serve 2):

  • Olive oil
  • An onion, diced,
  • 2 tbsp. plain flour
  • 1 tsp flaked sea salt
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 500g lean braising beef, trimmed of fat and then cubed
  • 250ml Guinness
  • 125ml beef stock (made with stock cube)
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Chopped carrots – I used a handful of the baby ones
  • Black pepper to taste

The method:

  1. Fry the onions in a small amount of oil until lightly browned.
  2. Stir the beef together with the flour, herbs, pepper and salt in a mixing bowl to coat, and then add into the frying pan to brown on all sides.
  3. Place the beef and onions to a casserole dish and add the tomato puree, stock, Guinness and sugar. Bring to the boil on the hob, and then cover. Place in the oven for 90 minutes at 180°C.
  4. At the end of this time add stir in the chopped carrots and place back in the oven for another 45 minutes.
  5. Serve with mash or boiled new potatoes.

Beef and ale casseroleIt was a very tasty dish indeed! It may take a while, but there’s not much work involved (it’s mainly waiting), and it was totally worth it. Definitely one for a chilly winter evening. 

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