Now we are back in the cold grip of Winter Mr B and I are craving more and more slow-cooked hearty food. This family winter beef casserole is one of my favourites. Ir is really simple to make, freezes well, and the kids love it too. I find stews one of the easiest ways to get vegetables into the toddler who can be a little fussy at times.
For me the key to this recipe is time, thyme, and thickly chopped carrots. I love how sweet and soft they get after several hours in the pot.
If you do give this a go please let me know what you think below.
Family Winter Beef Casserole
A delicious and hearty beef casserole that the whole family will enjoy.
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Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 700g diced stewing beef
- 2 tbsp seasoned flour
- 6 rashers smoked back bacon
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 medium onion
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 medium carrots, thickly chopped
- 1 leek, thickly chopped
- 700g new potatoes, halved
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- 1 pint beef stock
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 large sprigs fresh thyme
- Chopped parsley to garnish.
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat the slow cooker if required.
- Coat the beef in lightly seasoned plain flour.
- Thickly chop the bacon rashers.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
- Add the beef and bacon and cook gently for 4-5 minutes until browned.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the slow cooker.
- Add the onion and garlic to the frying pan and fry gently for 2-3 minutes until softened but not browned.
- Add your remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Season to taste.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.
- We serve this in large bowls with some fresh crusty bread.
- If you don't have a slow cooker this can be easily adapted.
- Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees C.
- Once your beef and bacon have browned in a large, flame-proof casserole dish remove and set aside.
- Fry onion and garlic as above.
- Then add the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil.
- Add your remaining ingredients, return the beef to the dish and season to taste.
- Cover and cook for 3-4 hours until the beef is tender.
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Oh my Jenny! I am on a diet and today I am eating only veg and fruits! This looks so yummy and comforting!
It was delicious! It is not too high calorie either. I guess cutting out the bacon may help a bit.
Cant beat a good warming casserole on a cold day – I have perfected my veggie hotpot this winter, similar to yours – but with quorn steak strips and a layer of sliced potatoes on top!
Sounds lovely…and I love a ‘hotpot’ topping on stews, mmmmmm.
Sounds delicious, perfect winter warmer especially if you have been out all day.
That’s what I really love about the slow cooker, that I can just leave it running, come home and it is all ready to go when we are.
mmmm i love a good stew x
Me too. I think it’s my Irish blood 😉
Hi Jenny.Thanks for linking up to Slow Cooker Sunday.Sorry for not being over sooner.I’ll be promoting your recipe today.