Slow and low is how this went down.
Beef stew is always a popular option at weddings, dinner parties or any family gathering. Its one of the top dishes eaten around Kenya accompanied with rice or chapatti and a classic recipe in any cookery book. Bone chuck beef stew is certainly one of my favourite stews to cook and eat when the days get colder. It’s inexpensive to make, full of flavour and when cooked slow and low renders down beautifully. I personally love eating mine with soft flakey chapatis to mop up the stew.
- 500g Chuck bone beef
- 5 Large carrots
- 2 Courgettes
- 2 Tomatoes
- 2 Onions
- 3 Garlic cloves
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 2 Sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Bunch fresh coriander (dahnia)
- 1Tsp Smoked Paprika
- Wash then roughly dice carrots, courgette, tomato, onion and garlic then set aside separately.
- Generously season the chuck steaks with sea salt and and black pepper. To a large heavy bottom skillet add vegetable oil and sear the meat on medium/high heat for 1-2 mins per side. Be sure to keep the windows open or use the hood extractor for this step. Once all sides are evenly browned, remove from the heat and set aside to rest.
- To the same pan sauté the onion, garlic and ginger until soft and translucent then add in the carrot, tomato bell pepper and smoked paprika. Cook for 3-5 minuets stirring in between. Season with a pinch of salt.
- In the meantime slice the chuck steak into smaller bite size pieces then add it to the cooking vegetables.
- Next add in about 500-800ml water or stock (just enough to cover the vegetables and meat. Cook on med/high for 10 mins then reduce the heat to low. Add in the bay leaf and rosemary and cook for 1hr 30mins – 2hrs covered.
Tip: Add in 1/2 tsp meat tenderiser to help with the cooking process in the first hour. Be patient and don’t rush it, just pour yourself a glass of wine and let the magic happen and for a bit of heat ad in a splash of your favourite hot sauce.
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