Beef & vegetable casserole

A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy - an ideal recipe for cheap cuts as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish

Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and put in the oven for 2hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30mins – 1hr more until the meat...

  • Yield: Serves 5
  • Cooking time: 3 Hour 50 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Publisher: Bbcgoodfood.com

Ingredients

  • 2 celery Celery sell-er-eeA collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in… sticks, thickly sliced
  • 1 onion Onion un-yunOnions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia… , chopped
  • 2 really big carrot Carrot ka-rotThe carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root… , halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced
  • 5 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme ThymeThis popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter Butter butt-errButter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cube, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef (featherblade or brisket works nicely), cut into nice large chunks

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