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Monday, 30 June 2014

Spicy Beef Casserole

The weather has turned ! After a glorious May of sun filled days and low to mid twenties temperatures, winter has finally arrived. Cold wind and snow on the alps, our minds turn to warm comfort food, stews braises and casseroles.
This beef casserole is quick easy and adaptable. The slow cooking guarantees tender meat and a rich sauce. It can be made the day before and will probably taste the better for it.
You can add vegetables or peppers and chilli for a bit of variety.

1 kg Beef chuck or blade
Rylstone Olive Oil
2 onions finely chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1 cinnamon stick
zested rind of an orange
440 can tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
700 mls beef stock
S&P to taste

Heat the oven to slow 160C
Chop the beef not too small, 2 inch cubes.
Heat the oil in a covered ovenproof casserole dish .
Add the beef and cook in batches until just coloured, keeping the temperature on medium to high. Remove and set aside.
Add the onions and garlic to the pot and cook until just translucent.
Add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and all the spices and stir through.
Bring to a simmer before returning the beef to the pot.
Place into the oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Remove give it a stir and add the orange zest. Return to oven for approx another hour or until meat is tender. Taste and adjust seasoning. All ovens vary so cooking time is only a guide.
The cut of meat usually determines the cooking time, but the cheaper cuts are best and do require at least 2 hours cooking .

Spicy Beef Casserole


  1. Yum Sue. I'll have to keep an eye on your blog. Thats my kind of stew. Lovely to make a new friend! :-)

  2. yes common interests I believe :)