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Beef, root vegetable & barley casserole

9
9
9
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
3 hr 35 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
3 hr 15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy

Ingredients

Mixed Dried Mushrooms

25 g

Butter

10 g, unsalted

Onion(s)

2 large, finely chopped

Beef stewing steak, lean, raw

700 g, cut into 3-4cm chunks

Plain White Flour

2 tablespoons, level

Worcestershire Sauce

2 tablespoons

Beef stock cube(s)

1 cube(s), to make 900ml stock

Thyme, Dried

2 teaspoons, level

Carrots, raw

3 medium, cut into bite-size chunks

Swede

300 g, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks

Celeriac, raw

300 g, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks

Pearl barley, dry

75 g

Instructions

  1. Put the mushrooms in a heatproof bowl and pour over 150ml of boiling water. Leave to soak for 5-10 minutes, then drain and chop the rehydrated mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas mark 3.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a flameproof casserole over a low heat and cook the onions for 10 minutes until softened. In a bowl, toss the beef with the flour until coated, then add to the casserole with the Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring.
  3. Add the stock, thyme, mushrooms and reserved soaking liquid. Bring to a boil, season, then cover and transfer to the oven. Bake for 2 hours.
  4. Increase the heat to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Add the carrots, swede, celeriac and barley to the casserole, stir to combine then bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, uncovered, for a final 30 minutes or until the beef, vegetables and barley are tender, and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Season to taste, then serve with steamed greens.