Monday, 16 December 2019

Super Easy Beef Casserole

I admit, I’m not a huge fan of winter. I start my countdown to summer on about October 1st. However, trying to not be a total Negative Nancy I try to focus on the things I do look forward to when the nights get darker and the temperatures drop to minus 4. 


Now that it’s (much) colder I love to cook up something warm and filling for my family. Schwartz kindly sent me one of their Beef Casserole mixes to try. 

These sachets give you a great base for cooking something really tasty, combining all of the herbs and spices together for you. Whether you want to follow the recipe completely or get creative yourself, it’s a great base to work with. Don’t like onions - don’t add them. Add bacon, some more veg, red wine? ...Who am I to judge?! 

In addition to the Beef Casserole sachet you need -

  • 2 tbs oil
  • 450g (1lb) lean beef, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 400ml (13fl oz) cold water

The recipe is simple-

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F (Gas Mark 4)

2. Heat 2tbs of oil and brown 1lb beef, an onion and 2 peeled carrots for 5 minutes

3. Drain excess liquid and transfer to a casserole dish

4. Mix the sachet contents with 400ml of cold water and stir in. Cover and cook for 2 hours until the meat is tender and mouth-watering.

 I prepared this while Mila had her afternoon nap. It was really simple, the only real effort was peeling and chopping the carrots. I followed the recipe as the packet suggests and I added some red wine. 

I left it in the oven for 2 hours I felt really smug that dinner was pretty much ready once everyone was home for the evening.

I served it with with creamy mash, baby corn and steamed broccoli, which went down a treat. I also sliced up some crusty bread to help mop up the delicious sauce in the bowl!

All plates were cleared and I even mixed together the sauce with some mash for Mila. She loved it. As Sam put his knife and fork down he said ‘we are definitely getting this again!’ And I’ve already restocked!


*Schwartz have sent me this Beef Casserole mix for review, 
but all views are my own