This easy beef and beetroot casserole recipe takes a little while to cook, but it doesn’t need attention while it’s in the oven (or hob) and the final dish is really rich and delicious. The earthy and subtle, beetroot adds some lovely sweetness and some appealing crimson colour.

Preparation time will be about 15 minutes with a further cooking time of 2 hours. The quantities below will serves
8 people.

Ingredients For Beef and Beetroot Casserole

900g cubed braising or stewing steak from Morley Butchers
30ml/2tbsp seasoned flour
30ml/2tbsp sunflower oil
2 medium onions, peeled and finely sliced
10 juniper berries, lightly crushed (optional)
3 medium cooked beetroots (not in vinegar), peeled and roughly chopped
300ml/½pint full-bodied red wine
600ml/1 pint good, hot beef or vegetable stock
1 sachet bouquet garni

For the watercress dumplings
75g/6oz self-raising flour
75g/3oz low fat suet
Pinch salt
Leaves from 1 bunch fresh watercress, finely chopped
60ml/4tbsp cold water

Cooking Method For Beef and Beetroot Casserole

Place the seasoned flour in a large bowl, add the beef cubes and toss gently to coat the all over.

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof casserole dish and brown the meat. Do this in batches to retain the pan heat  and promote the browning. Next reduce the heat and add the onions to soften and brown, stir occasionally.

Add the remaining casserole ingredients, bring to the boil, cover and cook in a preheated oven for 1½-2 hours, or until the beef is tender. Alternatively, cook the casserole on the hob over a low heat for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, then cook the dumplings.

Prepare the watercress dumplings; in a large bowl mix together the dumpling ingredients adding enough to form a smooth, soft dough. Using lightly-floured hands, shape the mixture into 8 walnut-sized balls.

20 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the casserole from the oven, add the dumplings and return uncovered.

Serve with honey-glazed carrots and new potatoes. (This beef casserole is an ideal meal for freezing and will keep well for 1 month.)

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