Reciepe: Beef Casserole is a perfect winter warmer

Cooking: 30 mins
Prep: 2hours
Serves: 4

Cooking Ingredients:

  • 700g/1lb 9oz braising steak, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 3-cm/1¼-in chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 150ml/5fl oz red wine
  • 450ml/16fl oz beef stock, made with 1 stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 carrots (about 300g/10½oz), peeled and thickly sliced
  • 300g/10½oz closed cup mushrooms, sliced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • handful fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped, to garnish

For the kale mashed potato

  • 575g/1lb 4½oz floury potatoes, preferably Maris Piper or King Edward, peeled and cut into roughly 5-cm/2-in chunks
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 4 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g/3½oz kale, trimmed, hard stalks removed, roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Each serving provides 429 kcal, 43g protein, 18g carbohydrates (of which 11g sugars), 16g fat (of which 5g saturates), 6g fibre and 1g salt.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Season the beef well with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and fry the beef in two batches for 2–3 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a casserole dish using a slotted spoon or spatula once each batch is done.
  3. Add the remaining oil and the onions to the pan and fry over a medium–high heat for 4–5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Place the onions into the casserole dish and sprinkle with the flour and dried herbs. Toss well together.
  4. Pour the red wine and stock into the casserole dish and add the tomato purée and bay leaf. Stir well and bring to a simmer on the hob. Cover with a lid and bake in the oven for 1½ hours.
  5. Carefully remove the casserole from the oven and stir in the carrots and mushrooms. Cover and bake for a further 45 minutes, or until the beef and vegetables are just tender.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the kale mashed potato, place the potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until very tender. Drain well then return to the saucepan. Mash with the butter and milk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the kale into a saucepan and add 500ml/18fl oz water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil for 5 minutes, or until tender, removing the lid and stirring the kale three or four times as it cooks. Drain well then stir into the mash.
  8. Serve the kale mash alongside the casserole, garnished with the parsley.

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