Posts Tagged ‘gentle heat’

What you need:

For the topping…
4 oz / 100 g butter
6 oz / 150 g wholemeal flour
4 oz / 100 g grated cheese
2 oz / 25 g chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp / 30 ml sesame seeds

For the base …
1 1/2 lbs / 600g mixed root vegetables
1 large onion
8 oz / 200g tomatoes
1 oz / 25g wholemeal flour
1/2 pt / 300 ml vegetable stock
1/4 pt / 150 ml milk
3 tbsp / 45 ml chopped parsley

What you do:

pre heat the oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5

Base :
Chop the vegetables
In a large frying pan saute the onion until translucent.
Add the prepared vegetables & cook on a gentle heat stirring occasionally, for around 10 mins.
Stir in the flour, then add the rest of the ingredients.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat , cover then simmer for around 15 mins or until the vegetables are tender.
Transfer to an oven proof dish.
Rub the butter into the flour then add the cheese, nuts & sesame seeds.
Press the topping all over the vegetables.
Bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Serve hot .

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What you need:

2 medium onion ( peeled and thinly sliced)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
750ml beef stock
4 tsp corn flour
4 tsp cold water
Salt and black pepper

What to do:

In a large saucepan melt the oil and butter over a gentle heat. Add the onion and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for approx 10 mins or until the onions are soft and see through.
Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar to the onions and stir well.

Cover with the lid and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the stock and boil gently uncovered for 5 minutes.

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What you need:

1 large onion  ( diced )
3 tbsp oil
2 oz /50 g plain Flour
1 lb /450g Diced Stewing Steak
1 Beef Stock Cube ( dissolved in 400ml hot water)
3/4 lb /400g Carrots ( sliced)
6 fl oz / 200ml Guinness
110z /300g Shortcrust Pastry
1 beaten egg  (for glazing)

What to do :

Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375 F / Gas mark 5.

In a frying pan heat one tbsp of the oil and cook the onion until softened and transparent. Then place in a large saucepan.

Season the flour with salt and pepper and add the beef, tossing it well to coat evenly in the flour.

Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and cook the beef  turning it until browned all over.

Add the onions to the beef  &  return the frying pan to a gentle heat and add the Guinness, stirring and scraping up any of the bits that may have caught to the base of the pan.

When the mixture is thickened and bubbling, pour it over the beef and onions. Add the sliced carrots to pan along with the stock stirring well  to mix. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 1 hour.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Spoon the beef mixture into your pie dish.

Brush the edge of the dish with beaten egg then cover with the pastry. Trim away the excess and press round the edges to seal.

Cut a hole in the middle to allow the steam to escape.

Decorate the top of the pie using the pastry trimmings.

Brush with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for  around 25 minutes.

Serve hot .

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