Budget Meal No. 3 – Braised Beef & Mushrooms
1 September 2011 in Uncategorized
I won a lovely prize on Facebook yesterday, Pesto Princess are going to be sending me the cookery book Marcella Says by Marcella Hazen, an embroidered Pesto Princess apron and a gift pack of 4 jars of pesto…..yay!
I must say that my local butchery is being very obliging with their specials, this week it was shin at R29.99, so this weeks budget meal is a simple casserole of shin (a very underrated meat me thinks) I also use it for soups and stews but it is also good for curry and potjies. It is a flavoursome meat, now that winter is nearly over watch the price go down, it is also on special at Food Lovers Market for R39.99.
As you can see from the photo, I bought extra to freeze.
650 – 700g Shin R20.25
1 small onion sliced
1 carrot, peeled & diced
1 stick of celery diced
2/3 pkt of brown onion soup R 2.45
2 TBS Worcester sauce
Black Pepper, you don’t need salt as the soup has plenty.
250g sliced fresh mushrooms R 8.33 (Food Lovers Market 3 punnets for R25)
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees.
Prepare the vegetables and put into your ovenproof dish that has a lid.
Chop the shin into cubes and remove any sinew or fat, don’t discard the bones, the marrow in the middle will add flavour. You can always give them to Fido later if you aren’t a marrow fan, I mash it up and put it back into the casserole when I add the mushrooms towards the end of cooking.
Place the brown onion soup in a bowl and roll the meat in the dry soup.
In a thick bottomed frying pan, heat the oil until quite hot, fry the meat until nicely browned, remove the meat and put into your casserole dish, fry the onions for a minute.
Add the water, using a wooden spoon make sure you get all the browned bits off the pan, Add in any dry soup still left in the bowl.
Add the Worcester sauce.
Pour over the meat and vegetables.
The casserole about to go in the oven.
Cover and cook for 1½ – 2 hours until the beef is tender.
I prefer to add the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking period, say with about 20 minutes to go.
Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.
To view Budget Meal No. 1 – Spicy Porcupine Balls click here.
To view Budget Meal No. 2 – Crumbed Chicken, feed 4 twice from 4 pieces of chicken click here.
Remember…….be careful, there’s specials out there!