I have a really, simple, naturally gluten free, beef and tomato casserole recipe that I must share with you. It’s the perfect thing to pop in the oven on a rainy day and tuck into a few hours later. Yet another favourite meal of mine as I was growing up, and one my mum very often put together. Hope you love it as much as I do!
Ingredients (4 good sized portions)
800g diced beef – skirt, shin or casserole beef would be good
1 large onion chopped
6 large white mushrooms – washed, dried then chopped or sliced, whichever you prefer
2 carrots diced (optional)
2 cans of Heinz *tomato soup
1 Knorr beef *stock cube or stock pot
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/Fan 160C
Pop the meat, onions, mushrooms and carrots into a large ovenproof casserole dish. crumble the stock cube over the top. Pour in the soup. Add a generous twist of *black pepper and give everything a good stir. Cover the dish with a lid or baking foil and transfer into the oven for 2½ – 3hrs.
You could use a slow cooker instead if you like – 4 hrs high or 8 hrs on the slow setting.
Remove from the oven. The meat should be nice and tender at this point but just check to make sure. It shouldn’t need any extra water, but of course, if you find it’s a little thick for your liking, add a drop of boiled water from the kettle.
If you are going to pop the casserole in the middle of the table and let people help themselves, I would suggest a generous sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley at this point, as it’s vibrant colour would look really good against the rich colour of the casserole!
You can enjoy this beef and tomato casserole with mashed potatoes, even *rice works well. But the way I love it most, is with sauté potatoes or little roast potatoes – diced potatoes, parboiled for 5 minutes, drained then cooked in hot goose or vegetable oil in the oven – and french green beans as their freshness cuts through the savoury richness of the casserole. Mashed carrot and swede and garden peas are a winner with this too!
Let me know how you get on with this recipe if you try it out.
*Just check to ensure no gluten containing ingredients or ‘may contain’ or ‘not suitable’ warnings on the pack. If in doubt leave it out!