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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Italian Beef, Porcini and Red Wine Stew


This Sainsbury's recipe suggestion serves eight people, so you may need to adjust the amounts, or perhaps freeze half of the casserole and use/eat another night. It works out at 24g carb per serving ...

Ingredients:
40g (pack) porcini pieces (e.g. L’Aquila)
3 tbsp. dripping or oil, plus extra if needed
206g (pack) cubetti di pancetta
2kg sliced beef braising steak, cut into 5cm pieces
50g unsalted butter
2 large onions, halved and sliced
1 tbsp. soft light brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, crushed
75g plain flour
1 litre fresh beef stock
100ml Italian red wine
100ml ruby port
6 fresh bay leaves
6 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

200g (pack) cooked peeled chestnuts

Method:
1. Put the porcini pieces in a bowl and cover with 250ml just-boiled water. Rest a small saucer on top to keep them submerged and leave to soak for 30 minutes.
2. Strain the mushrooms through a fine sieve, catching the liquid in a spare bowl, pressing as much of the liquid through as possible. Set aside the mushrooms and strain the soaking liquid through a kitchen paper-lined sieve to catch any grit; discard this and set aside the strained liquid.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of dripping or oil in a large, non-stick flameproof casserole. Add the pancetta and fry for 5 minutes until lightly golden. Remove to a plate using a slotted spoon and set aside.
4. Brown a few pieces of the steak at a time in the casserole, adding a little more dripping or oil when necessary. Set aside with the pancetta while you brown the remainder. When you have finished, wipe the casserole clean to avoid burnt bits.
5. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil or dripping to the casserole with 25g of the butter. When it has melted, add the onions, sugar and a pinch of salt and fry, stirring now and then, for 10 minutes, until they are soft and richly browned. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 2.
6. Add the garlic to the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the squeezed-out porcini and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Add the reserved porcini soaking liquid and simmer until it has almost disappeared. Stir in 50g of the plain flour, then gradually stir in the stock, red wine and port, and bring to the boil, stirring. Return the browned beef and pancetta to the casserole with the bay leaves, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning. Bring back to the boil, cover with a sheet of foil or baking paper and a tight-fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours.
7. Uncover, stir in the chestnuts, re-cover and cook for a further 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is meltingly tender. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

8. In a small bowl, mash together the remaining 25g of flour with the remaining 25g of butter, softened, using a fork to make a paste. Bring the stew to a simmer on top of the stove, then stir in the paste, bring back to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until thickened. Leave to cool.

Note:
You could also simmer this stew on top of the stove if you prefer – just remember to give it a stir every now and then to make sure it is not sticking to the base of the pan.

Original recipe idea here

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You will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

20 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds gorgeous! Hugs, Valerie

Tom said...

...looks good, something to save for a cooler day!

Catarina said...

That looks really good. Another recipe that I will try.
Thank you.
: )

RO said...

Yes, yes and more yes! Hugs...RO

a rich tapestry said...

I made a similar casserole the other day. Delicious!

Jan (JFM) said...

Looks delicious Jan!!!

Martha said...

Looks really tasty. And very hearty!

Christine said...

This looks wonderful!

Phil Slade said...

Spoilt for choice tonight. This is my main course, maybe with a little more garlic and baby onions in place of the big ones.

Elephant's Child said...

Casserole is a dish which often tastes even better when it is reheated for subsequent dinners.

William Kendall said...

It sounds delicious!

sandy said...

oh this looks so good! I think in the fall would be a perfect time to have this.

Sandra Cox said...

OMGosh, this looks soooo good.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Although I'm a vegetarian, this looks quite delicious.

Iris Flavia said...

Hmmm, I´m nearly drooling over this! :-)
Sounds more like something for a cooler day, though, so I just have to add it to the bookmarks - thanks for this great receipe!

Teresa said...

Se ve sabroso. Besos.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh yummy looking stew ~

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Debbie said...

this sounds so rich and yummy - very nice ingredients!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks so good! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!

Lisa said...

Just look at the depth of the colour in that meal, it shrieks warmth and goodness!
Lisa x