Friday, 18 January 2013


 Lancashire beef stew - mum's recipe

It's snowing here in central London, so I made a simple stew passed down from nana to mum and then me.  It isn't a Lancashire hotpot with potatoes on top, more a one pot stew.

If you too fancy something warming on a freezing cold day, why not try this straightforward recipe:-

600g of stewing steak (braising or chuck steak is fine, but stewing is better)
2 onions, peeled and chopped into large chunks
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped into slices
6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 beef stock cubes
A splash or two of Worcestshire sauce
A spash of HP brown sauce

Put the stewing steak into a pressure cooker with a good amount of water, for half an hour until tender.  When it cools down a little, cut the meat into bite sized pieces and put into a large saucepan with the water.
Add the onions, carrots and stock cubes.  Bring to a simmer and add the Worcestershire sauce, a splash of HP brown sauce, and add salt and pepper to taste.

When the carrots are cooked, add the potatoes and continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

Serve with crusty bread and extra brown sauce.

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