Thursday, 27 August 2009

Crockpot Recipe

I use an electric Slowcooker for this recipe - just plug it in and leave it till you return from work.

Beef and Ale
2 sticks celery
2 onions
2 carrots
glug olive oil
pinch mixed herbs
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 x tin chopped tomatoes
pinch black pepper
500g diced stewing beef
500ml Guiness or Stout
1. Trim off the ends of the celery and roughly chop the onions

2. Peel the carrots and slice lenghtways and roughly chop
3. Place all vegetables, herbs and oil into a frypan and fry for 5 minutes

4. Add the meat and flour.

5. Add the ale and tinned tomatoes - season well.

6. Pour into the slow-cooker and leave on a medium heat for 4-5 hours.

7. The meat should be tender and delicious.

You may need to add more seasoning.

This is a basic recipe and you can add any of the following to the vegetables
- Chicken and White Wine (use fresh thyme as the herb)
- Pork and Cider (use sage as the herb)
- Lamb and Red wine (use rosemary as the herb)

I added Dumplings to this recipe/
4oz SR flour
2oz suet
pinch salt/pepper
pinch mixed herbs
1. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and add enough water to make a soft
mixture (it should not be too wet).
2. Place heapfuls of mixture on top of the meat.
3. Cover and cook for a further 25 mins.

I served this with buttered courgettes and green beans - straight from the garden


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