Tuesday, December 21, 2010

20101221 Beef and Bean Hotpot

(SOURCE: BBC GoodFood 101 Hot-Pot Dishes)

Another cold day with even more snow flurries and headache, and another day of wintry chaos as roads in our city are not properly gritted. I crave something very warm to get rid of the winter blues, and a bowl of this with extra dashes of Tobasco did the job.

320g minced beef
1 beef stock cube
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
200g carrots, sliced
600g potatoes, cut into large chunks
400g can baked beans
Worcestershire sauce and Tobasco, to taste
Handful of parsley, roughly chopped
fresh ground black pepper

1. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the beef and fry over a medium high heat until browned, stirring often and breaking up any lumps with a spoon. Crumble in the stock cube and mix well.
2. Add the vegetables, stir to mix with the beef and pour in enough boiling water to cover (about 500ml). Bring to the boil, season with fresh ground black pepper, then lower the heat and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
3. Tip in the baked beans, sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce and Tobasco to taste, stir well and heat through. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce.

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