New Years Eve Dinner

Beef Stew with French Bread and Mustard Topping

New Years Eve it all go a bit seventies actually with a sumpuous meat and cheeseboard and this lovely Beef Stew with a french bread and mustard topping adapted from a Le Cruset recipe book.

Simplicity itself it happily cooked away in the oven while we demolished the meat and cheeseboard  and meant I could fully devote myself to not falling asleep before Midnight

The bread topping gives you instant dumplings ,  soft and gooey with gravy on the underside and crunchy on top with a hit of mustard , the beef stew is unctuous with a gently taste of beer and herbs

Beef Stew with French Bread and Mustard Topping

Beef Stew with French Bread and Mustard Topping
Serves 6

400g of beef stewing steak cut into largish chunks
200g or 2 large onions cut into slices
3 cloves of garlic
200g of carrots roughly chopped
400ml of strong ale ( Riggwelter from the Black Sheep Brewery)
Half a pint of beef stock
2 tbsps of roughly chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp of fresh rosemary
1 small french baguette
3 tbsp of dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to season

  1. Turn the oven to 150degC
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper
  3. Place a cast iron lidded casserole dish on the hob , using a little olive oil fry the beef in batched brown it .
  4. Return all the beef to the dish adding in the onions ,carrots, rosemary , garlic and half the thyme .
  5. Pour over the beer and stock cover and bring to a gently boil
  6. Place the covered dish in the moderate oven to cook for 2 hours
  7. Mix together the thyme and the mustard season with salt and pepper
  8. Cut the baguette into disc and smear each with a generous amount of the mustard thyme mix
  9. 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the casserole from the oven , removing the lid , layer the bread discs mustard side up over the top of the stew surface
  10. Return to the oven without the lid and cook for the remaining 20 minutes

Le Cruset in the Oven

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