Beef Stew ... the Mary Berry way !

Beef Stew … the Mary Berry way !

Yes, I know it’s June and perhaps a little unusual to have a stew in summer months, but with the weather in some parts not too summery, sometimes a stew can be most enjoyable … especially this recipe from Mary Berry. She is one of the best-known and respected cookery writers and broadcasters in the UK. This recipe featured on the TV show ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’ in which Mary accompanies the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on four special visits. 

It’s a warming beef stew flavoured with ginger, paprika and horseradish. Goes nicely with mashed swede (rutabaga) and green vegetables. 

Serves Six
For this recipe you will need a 2 litre/3½ pint shallow ovenproof and flameproof dish or pan.

1 tbsp (sunflower) oil
750g/1lb 10oz braising steak, cut into 2cm/¾in cubes
25g/1oz butter
2 small leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp paprika
40g/1½oz plain flour
425ml/¾ pint good-quality beef stock, hot
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 small celeriac, peeled and cubed into 2cm/¾in pieces
2 heaped tbsp hot horseradish cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper

chopped fresh parsley, to garnish 

1. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan and fry the meat over high heat until browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 325º F 165º C gas mark 3
3. Add the butter and leeks to the unwashed pan, and fry for a few minutes. Sprinkle in the ginger, paprika and flour, stir and cook for a minute. Stir in the stock and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Return the meat to the pan, bring to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for a few minutes.

4. Transfer to the oven and cook for about 1¾–2 hours. After this time, stir in the celeriac, bring back to the boil for a few minutes then return to the oven for about 30 minutes, until the meat and celeriac are tender.

5. Stir in the horseradish cream, sprinkle with parsley and serve at once. 

You may want to try ‘Posh Roasted Vegetables – The Mary Berry Way’ see here

A variety of recipe ideas are within this blog, but please note, 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

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