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Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (2) (Winter Warmers) January 20, 2017

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Ingredients

2 lrg onions

2 clove of garlic, crushed

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 kg stewing beef, cut into small cubes

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 – 2 tsp hot chilli powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp tomato puree

2 red chillies, deseeded & chopped

2 400g tins chopped tomatoes

2 red peppers, deseeded & chopped

1 x 410 tin red kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 x 410g tin black-eyed beans, rinsed & drained

2 squares good quality dark chocolate

 

Method

In a large pan heat the oil & brown the onion & garlic on a low heat for 8-10 minutes, scoop onto a plate & return pan to the heat.

Brown the meat in 2 -3 batches, if need be.

Put the browned meat along with the onion & garlic into the slow cooker, add the spices & the tomato puree, stir all together.

Next add the chillies, tomatoes, red peppers & a generous pinch of salt. Half fill one of the tomato tins with cold water & add that too.

Heat on High for 1 hour then turn to Low & leave for 6 hours, then stir in the beans & leave on low for another hour.

Taste to check if you need more seasoning, add the chocolate & stir it through.

This can be served with rice or chips along with fresh chopped coriander leaves, soured cream, finely chopped red or green chilli & lime wedges

 

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne November 19, 2015

Slow cooker chilli

Can you guess I’m new to a slow cooker?

This is a good Family meal, enough for 5 adults and cooks itself if your out for the day.

Not going to use it all at once, then freeze it in batches.

 

Ingredients

1 Tbsp oil

1 1/2 onions, chopped

600g minced beef

1 1/2 (400g tins) chopped tomatoes

1 1/2 (400g tins) red kidney beans

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3 Tbsp tomato puree

3 – 4 tsp chilli powder, depending on how you like it

1 beef stock cube, dissolved in hot water

salt and pepper

 

Method

 

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onions and cook for a few minutes until softened. Drain off excess oil and put onions into slow cooker.

Brown the mince in the same pan, in batches if necessary. Drain any excess fat off and add the mince to the onions in the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well. Season to taste.

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, then auto for 5 hours or low for 6 – 7 hours.

 

 

Mini Steak and Ale Pies April 7, 2013

Steak & Ale 1

Adding a little dried English mustard to the pastry will give these little pies a lovely colour and flavour if you make your own pastry, but if like me your no good at pastry making or if your short on time, ready made pastry will work just as well.

 

Makes 12 Muffin sized pies

 

Ingredients

 

650g/1lb 7oz ready made pastry

1 Tbsp olive oil

15g/1/2 oz butter, plus extra for greasing

500g/1lb 2oz sirloin or rump steak, fat trimmed off and meat cut into small pieces

2 shallots, finely chopped

150g/5 1/2 oz button mushrooms, sliced

1 bay leaf

1Tbsp plain flour

225ml/8fl oz brown ale

125ml/4 fl oz beef stock

1 Tbsp tomato puree

1 egg yolk mixed with 1Tbsp water, to glaze

salt flakes and pepper

 

Method

 

To make the filling, heat the oil and butter in a frying pan. Add the steak, shallots, mushrooms and bay and fry, stirring until the steak is evenly browned.

Sprinkle the flour over the top, mix together, then add the brown ale, stock, tomato puree and a little salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the sauce has thickened. Leave to cool, then remove the bay.

Pre heat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin.

Roll two-thirds of the pastry out thinly. Using a plain cookie cutter, stamp out 12 circles, each 10cm/4ins in diameter. Press these gently into the prepared muffin tin.

Brush the top edges of the pie cases with a little of the egg glaze, then spoon in the filling.

Roll out the reserved pastry and any trimmings and using a plain cookie cutter, stamp out 12 circles, each 7cm/3ins in diameter for the lids. Arrange these on top of the pies, pressing the edges together well with the tines of a fork to seal. Brush egg glaze over the tops. Sprinkle with a little salt.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then loosen with a round bladed knife and transfer to a wire rack.

 

 
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