Slow braised beef and mash
This simple meal draws on a Coles Made Easy Slow Cooked Beef Stew With Red Wine, and adds your homemade potato mash, to complete a high-quality family meal without much work in about 30 minutes for under $5.00 per plate.
- oven dish
- 1 pack Coles Made Easy Slow Cooked Beef Stew With Red Wine, 800g
- 5 medium potatoes, cut into 3cm chunks
- 2 tbsp butter
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp white pepper, ground
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove all the packaging and place the braised beef stew in a small oven-proof dish and cover with foil. Cook covered in the oven for 15 minutes.
- When the braised beef is in the oven, peel and slice your potatos into 30mm chunks. Place them in a pot with a metal collapsable vegetable steamer, with the water filled to the bottom of the steamer. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt over the potatoes, cover and steam on medium for around 20 minutes.
- After 15 minutes check on the stew. Remove foil and baste with the sauce, place back in the oven and continue to cook uncovered for a further 10 minutes. (set the timer)
- After you have basted the braised beef, you will soon be ready to complete the mash. You will know the potatoes are cooked when you can gently push a knife into the potato with low resistance. Carefully lift the steamer out and drain most of the water, leaving just a few tablespoons of starchy water in the bottom. Let the potatoes air dry while you add the butter and milk to the pot, seasoning with white pepper and salt.
- Return the potatoes to the pot and mash well with a hand masher until all the lumps are gone. (do not try to use a power blending device) Scrape the potato off the masher back into the pot.
- Get out a large fork and mix through the potato, testing the “mashedness”. Start whisking with the fork. If it is too thick, add more milk and keep whisking vigorously, getting air into the potatoes and releasing the starch. If your potatoes passed the knife test and were cooked well, after just 2 minutes of whisking you will achieve a nice mash. Taste it. Will it improve with more butter? More pepper or salt? More milk or whisking? Stop it, you’re done.
- Serve the mash onto warm plates. Remove the braised beef stew from the oven and serve with the mash.
Serving Size The Coles Made Easy Slow Cooked Beef Stew With Red Wine is an 800gm pack recommended as serving 4 people. Portions and pricing are therefore based on 4 people. In some families, it might only cover 3 serves. Adding flavour Often pre-cooked meals are mild or light in flavour so as to appeal to the widest range of tastes. When cooking, you can always add, but you cannot take away. When basting the lamb at 15 minutes, taste it to check the flavour. Options you might wish to add include; a spoon of tomato paste, a splash of Worcestershire or fish sauce and a dash or sprinkle of chilli. Photo Note The image accompanying this recipe may be a serving suggestion and not necessarily a photo of this specific product.
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