Saturday, 4 May 2013

Very Quick Stew

I go away working for 4 weeks tomorrow  (minus weekends) so really didn't want to be cooking much today but still wanted something delicious.
Time for a quick stew in the slow cooker. This recipe was given to me by a friend in Brighton, so if it's good, all credit goes to you Adrian.

A few changes here and there based on what I had in the house.

Brown off some cheap casserole beef in oil with some shallots (didn't have any so added chopped onion instead) cook for a couple of minutes and add a tablespoon or two of flour.

Add some beer. (I got a cheap bottle of beer from Lidl and shoved that in) and a glass of red wine, didn't have any so added a glug of port. Crumble in a beef stock cube and add some button mushrooms  (again, no button mushrooms in Lidl so some chopped up chestnut mushrooms.)

That's it! Bung it in the slow cooker for a few hours.

I did that at 9 this morning and I am not kidding when I say it took me 5 minutes. It took me twice as long to find the bottle opener, this being a virtually tee-total house.
Here's how it looks after 8 hours, the smell is heavenly.

Will serve it later with mashed potatoes and peas and let you know how it is, seconds for lunch tomorrow and then any left will go into the freezer for a portion or two on one of the weekends I am home. I love quick and tasty cooking like this.


  1. Does look good although I'm not very keen on beer in anything! Take care driving there and back, especially if you are driving late at night.

  2. I make a casserole like this but I add a packet of dehydrated vegetables. I call it "The Casserole That Never Fails".

  3. Nice casserole! I`m going to make a similar one on Bankholiday Monday, using venison, mushrooms, red wine, juniper berries and bayleaf.

  4. gosh I have never heard of beer and wine together in a recipe.

  5. Wouldn't be without my slow cooker, either! Word to the wise regarding long searches for the bottle opener, if have a son in his twenties still living at home, the bottle opener will always be in his bedroom when you need it! Great blog :-)

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