I thought before winter ends that I would make one last casserole. The days are warming up to 20-22oC next week, so while the temperature is still in the teens we set about to make a delicious Beef and Wine Casserole.
Meat (Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Pork – Anything will do really)
Oil (we use rice bran oil in our house, but olive oil is probably the more traditional)
Onion or Leek
Chopped or Canned Tomatoes
*I don’t like talking in amounts, because really I think it is good to just use what you have. So just use common sense and have faith in your cooking abilities and create a meal. For reference, in our house we generally use 500g of meat and 1 onion, and we feed a toddler, a child, an adult and a hungry adult and we usually have a little bit spare at the end of the meal.
So to make a basic casserole here is what you do:
First of all, grab a big heavy based pot and heat a glug of oil and a large teaspoon of butter. I use the term “glug” a lot when talking about oil – I guess the measurement would be about a Tablespoon? Maybe? – However much you can pour while counting to one… thats a glug. While that is heating chop up your meat, however big you want, as long as they are around about the same size. My Mum used to just use whole chops for stuff like this too.
Anyway, when the oil is warm and the butter is melted, chuck in the meat and brown it off. Once it is browned off, tip it into a bowl (juices and all) and set it aside
The next step is to prepare the veg. So put your heavy based pot back on the heat and put in another glug of oil and teaspoon of butter and while that is heating, chop your veg. Now, normally it would be 1 onion, some carrot, some celery and a garlic clove, BUT we have a child here who could sniff out an onion if I hid it under a pile of dirty socks, and I really didn’t feel like the “IT WON’T KILL YOU TO EAT ONION” argument (which occurs most other nights), so I decided I would use a leek instead. I didn’t have any celery or garlic either so I didn’t worry about using it. Again, chop them so they are all kind of the same size.
AND YUMMO!!! One basic Beef and Wine Casserole! How full of hearty goodness does that look????
What’s your favourite winter recipe?