Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Beef Stew

We made this one at Cape Range when the weather was cold & windy. We did it over gas as we couldn't have a fire. It's always better over the fire but this was still delicious. 

Beef Stew

- 1kg of diced beef
- 4 rashers of bacon chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1/2 a sweet potato chopped
- 1 potato chopped
- 1/2 a zucchini grated
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons of worchestire sauce
- 2 heaped tablespoons of gravy powder
- 1 can of beer
- 1 teaspoon of curry powder 
- 1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning
- 1/2 a teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1 packet of chicken noodle soup
- 1/2 cup of dehydrated peas
- 1/2 cup of dried mushrooms
- salt & pepper to taste
- water

- because we were cooking on gas & it was windy I fried off the beef & veggies over butane in a frying pan & started the bacon & onions in the pot on gas, normally I would just use one big pot, but I knew it wouldn't get hot enough. 
- fry off the beef in a pan in batches until brown

- meanwhile in a pot fry off the bacon, onion & garlic until soft

- add the browned beef to the bacon mix

- in the beef pan add the veggies to get them started & brown them slightly

- in the veggies add the spices & tomato paste & fry off
- add the can of beer to the veggies to deglaze the pan, pour the whole lot into the bacon & beef mix
- add the sauce & soup mix & enough water to almost cover the beef
- stir it all together, bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer & put the lid on

- stir every 10 minutes or so
- cook for at least an hour

- after an hour add the dried mushrooms & leave the lid off so the sauce starts to thicken
- after another 20-30 minutes add the dried peas
- cook for a further 10-15 minutes until peas are cooked through & sauce is nice & thick

- serve, we served ours with fresh buttered bread, but you could do pasta, rice, potato etc

The longer this cooks the better. Leftovers are always even better again. Stews might not photograph the best, but this was very tasty on a cold night. 

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