Sunday, October 31, 2010

Recipe: Beef and Aduki Bean Stew

This is SUCH a moreish delicious beef dish. Absolutely gorgeaus! Also I love any dishes that involve using red or white wine, because in my world that means one glass for the dish and two for the cook! As you can see I served this with some buttered wholemeal bread, but it goes equally well with creamy mash and steamed green veg.

Beef and Aduki Bean Stew (serves 4) £1.79 per portion, £1.97 with brown bread and butter

2 tbsp olive oil
8 shallots, peeled and sliced
1 clove garlic
400g lean diced casserole steak
1 celery stick, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
120ml red wine
500ml stock (1 beef Oxo, 1 veg Oxo)
1 fresh or 2 dried bay leaves
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp mint
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin Aduki beans, drained and washed
1 tsp corn flour, mixed with a little water
3 tbsp chopped mixed fresh coriander and parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Sautee shallots and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes, with some salt and pepper.
2. Add all other ingredients except the corn flour and fresh herbs, and cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the corn flour mixture, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the fresh herbs and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring often. Season to taste and serve.

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