Monday, 22 August 2011

Casserole Day

Simple Beef Casserole

500g diced beef
30g plain flour
Salt and black pepper
4 tbs sunflower oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 carrots
2 parsnips
1 small turnip
1/2 tsp coriander seeds, ground
1 vegetable stock cube
400ml unsweetened apple juice
400ml chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 sprig of rosemary

Prepare the vegetables, wash , cut and set aside.

Place the flour in a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper . Add the diced beef, toss to cover the meat in the flour.

Heat half the oil in a large casserole dish and saute the meat until golden brown all over, remove and set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and saute the vegetables, garlic and shallots in the remaining oil until golden brown. Add the beef, coriander and the remaining flour left over from dusting the meat, saute for about 5 minutes.

Deglaze the casserole dish with the apple juice, tomatoes and vegetable stock.

Cover the casserole dish with a lid and bring the casserole to a gentle simmer, add the bay leaf and rosemary, stir and cook the casserole over very low heat for 40 - 60 minutes.