Thursday 14 December 2017

Madhouse recipe : Beef & pumpkin stew

I love it when you throw a bunch of pretty random things that you found in the kitchen into the slow cooker, leave it bubbling away while you get on with your day and lift off the lid to find an amazing dinner. It's a bit like magic - abracadabra, where did that come from ?! You may remember that I used up about 3/4 of our Halloween pumpkin earlier in the week in a twist on a Hairy Bikers' Caribbean Chicken & Pumpkin Curry. I used up the remaining pumpkin along with a pack of stewing beef from the freezer (straight from the freezer - it wasn't even defrosted when I tossed it in the slow cooker with gay abandon !) and some other odds and ends and it created a really hearty, warming, comforting autumnal stew. #KitchenClearout does it again !

Beef & pumpkin stew

ingredients :

a pack of stewing beef
2 onions
1/4 of a pumpkin
5 mushrooms 
3 potatoes
a bottle of passata
salt, pepper, garlic granules
2tbsp baharat, 2tsp Brazilian grilling spice (just use whatever you have - chilli powder, paprika, cumin, ...)

Chop the veggies and throw everything in the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 5 hours or low for about 7 hours. If you're around, give it a stir every now and then, but this isn't essential.

Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving with rice.

This was great for using up odds and ends that were cluttering up the cupboards and fridge - a bottle of passata from a Degustabox some time ago, the end of a tub of Brazilian spices and some more of my out of date baharat, plus the end of the pumpkin that was peeled and needed to be used up quickly - so it's definitely a contender for this month's #KitchenClearout linky.

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