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A classic winter stew is a perfect meal for cold nights when all you want is to snuggle under a duvet and stay warm! I have always loved “throw everything in the pot and forget about it for a couple of hours” recipes, and this winter stew fits the bill perfectly.
Classic Winter Stew
750g stewing beef, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsps of plain flour
3 tbsps olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 sticks of celery, chopped into chunks
200g swede, chopped into chunks
1 large carrot (about 150g) , chopped into chunks
1 large parsnip (about 150g) chopped into chunks
500ml beef stock
150ml full bodied red wine (optional)
3 tbsps of thyme (or add any other desired herbs
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Jacket potatoes and steamed broccoli to serve
Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas 4 and make sure you have a large, ovenproof casserole dish to hand.
Heat the oil in the casserole dish and fry the beef until brown, sprinkle over the flour and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and all of the vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
Stir in the stock, wine and herbs, season to taste.
Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 2 hours.
Recipe and photo credit to villas.com where you can rent self-catering properties in the UK and overseas.
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Michelle lives in London with her husband, son, and cat named Pumpkin. She started The Purple Pumpkin Blog in 2011 and the idea behind the blog is simple - Cook, Create, Celebrate! Michelle shares delicious recipes and creative ideas for all seasons, holidays, parties, & Disney! She thinks up the ideas so you don’t have to!