I am a stew lover, especially in weather like this! There is nothing quite like walking into a warm home from the cold with a gorgeous smell to greet you. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have that coming home after work as my lovely boyfriend had spent the afternoon putting this together. It was so good that I had to replicate it for my family for Sunday dinner last night.
I shouldn't even have to mention but this is another winner from the Hairy Dieters! They are yet to do wrong in my eyes. The recipe serves 6 but is great for leftovers too, it almost tastes better a day or 2 later. The recipe is simple start/filling and healthy friendly but if you are counting it will set you back 8pp per portion!
Propoints per Serving: 8pp
1kg good braising steak with visible fat removed
1tbsp sunflower oil
3 medium onions cut into wedges
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 beek stock cube
600ml cold water
1 can chopped tomatoes
2tbsp tomato purree
2 bay leaves
1 each red, green & orange pepper cut into large chunks
salt & pepper
Preheat your oven to 170C/150C fan/ Gas 3. Cut your meat into rough 4cm chunks and season with salt and pepper. Add the oil to a large flameproof casserole dish and heat. Fry the steak over a hugh heat, stirring often, until nicely browned all over. Add the onions and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Stir through the garlic and cook for one more minute.
Add the paprika and crumble in the beef stock on top before adding the water, tomatoes, tomato purree and bay leaves. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and transfer to the preheated oven.
After 1.5 hours cooking time remove from the oven and stir through the peppers. Return to the oven and cook for a further hour until the meat is tender.
They say you can add some sour cream at the end but I don't think it needs it and you can serve this with whatever you fancy. We had it with crushed baby potatoes but you could have some brown rice, mashed potatoes or even pasta. My boyfriend said it was screaming for some crusty bread too. Whatever you serve this with it will be a people pleaser and keep you warm no matter how long winter lasts!