Beef, Carrot & Apricot Winter Stew

 
  • Beef, carrot and apricot winter stew family recipe
  • Beef, carrot and apricot winter stew family recipe
  • Beef, carrot and apricot winter stew family recipe
  • Beef, carrot and apricot winter stew family recipe
  • 10-30 minutes to prepare
  • 60+ minutes to cook
  • 4 adults and 1 baby
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

2 onions
2 celery sticks
4 large carrots
3 medium potatoes
10 dried apricots
2 cloves of garlic
A splash of olive oil
250g beef chunks
2 large sprigs of rosemary
1 bay leaf
2 tsp paprika
3 tsp garam masala
1 tin of haricot beans
1 tin of tomatoes
500ml hot water (or enough to cover contents of pot)

Step 1

First prepare all your vegetables. Very finely chop the onion and celery and dice the carrots, potatoes and dried apricots into 1cm cubes (so they are comfortable bite-size pieces for your baby and all the family). Crush the garlic

Step 2

Cut the beef chunks into bite size pieces (approx. 2-3cm x 2-3cm cubes), then sear over a medium to high heat, in a little olive oil in a large heavy based pot (with a lid), so that the meat is sealed on all sides. Remove from the pot and pop a side plate

Step 3

Reduce the heat to low, add another small splash of olive oil to the pot and gently sauté the onion for 5 minutes until soft. Then add the garlic, celery, carrot, potato and apricots, and then the rosemary, bay leaf and all the spices. Cook for another 10 minutes until beginning to soften

Step 4

Add the beef chunks back into the pot. Rinse the beans well, drain and add to the pot. Finally stir in the tin of tomatoes and the water. Add enough water so all the ingredients are covered

Step 5

Turn up the heat and allow it to gently bubble for a couple of minutes, then reduce the heat to medium/low, put a lid on and leave to do its magic for 30 minutes (put a timer on). After 30 minutes remove the lid, stir well, and cook for a further 30 minutes without the lid, so the cooking liquid reduces to a thick sauce. (Add a little more water if it’s looking too dry too soon, or reduce the heat a little)

Step 6

Remove the bay leaf and sprigs of rosemary before serving, and you can use a fork to gently break the chunks of meat up a little smaller if necessary. The longer you cook this stew the better it gets, so you get on with something else. The slow cooked meat is really tender, so it can be easily broken into smaller bite size pieces for younger babies. This dish can also be mashed or blended for young babies that still prefer a purée 

Contains

  • Celery

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Recipe notes

No need to add anything else - this one-pot wonder has all it needs for a warming winter food hug!

If you are feeling a little more adventurous then try substituting the beef for venison – it makes a great alternative in this stew. Why not give it a try?

If you freeze this dish then defrost thoroughly and reheat until piping hot.

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