The Anonymous Widower

Beef and Bean Casserole

I don’t have many cookery books as with the Internet and the ability to search for a recipe for what you have available, but I do have one;One-pot Cooking (“Australian Women’s Weekly”)

The great advantage is that all the recipes are cooked in one pot and hence there is less washing up.

Many of the recipes are gluten-free too. This one might not be to everyone’s taste, as it contains a lot of red meat.  But then I generally only eat beef about one a month and it’s usually good lean steak.

Yesterday, I was looking for something to cook for supper with my son and his friend and when I got the book it fell open at this recipe for beef and bean casserole.

The ingredients are as follows and are enough for more.

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Kg of braising steak, cut into 2 cm. pieces. I was lazy and got Armed, the butcher, in the Waitrose at Upper Street to do this for me.
  • 2 medium brown onions (300 g.) chopped finely.  Again I was lazy and used the ready chopped ones from Waitrose.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • ¼ cup (70 g.) tomato paste
  • a large tin (400 g) of chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium potatoes (400 g), chopped coarsely
  • a large tin (400 g) of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander
  • ¼ cup coarsely  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

The method was as follows.

  1. Heat oil in aarge saucepan and then cook the beef in batches until browned. My big saucepan allowed it to be done in one and after browning I put the meat aside on a plate.
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan, cook, stirring, until onion softens.
  3. Add spices, cook, stirring until fragrant. Add paste; cook, stirring for one minute.
  4. Return beef to pan with undrained tomatoes, stock and bay leaves.  Bring to the boil  and then simmer covered for one hour.
  5. Add potato to the pan and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the potato is tender.
  6. Remove the bay leaves.
  7. Add beans to pan and stir until heated through.
  8. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander and parsley.

My guests both liked it, although some of the potatoes could have done with a bit more cooking.  Next time, I’ll think I’ll par-boil them first.

April 6, 2011 - Posted by | Food | ,


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