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Mums Lazy Beef Stew

Mums Lazy Beef Stew  

 Prep.Time: 30 mins
 Cook.Time: 2½-3 hrs
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6-8


 4-5Ltr/1 gallon Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Vegetable Peeler


    Beef Braising Steak
 1 Red Onion
 1 Cooking Onion
 4 Large Carrots
 75g/3oz Red Split Lentils
 1 Medium Potato
 1 Medium Parsnip
 1 Small Swede
 2 Tins Beef Broth
    or Oxtail Soup
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Beef Stock Cubes
 Black Pepper
 1 heaped tsp Flour
 1.2L/2pts Hot Water


Trim excess fat from beef and cut into 2.5cm / 1" cubes.
Fry beef in olive oil in the saucepan until browned.
Peel potato and cut into quarters.
Add lentils, potatoes, flour, and the hot water to the saucepan.
Stir well and bring to a simmer.
Periodically remove any scum that forms on the surface of the liquid.
Peel and thickly slice carrots.
Peel and slice onions.
Peel and cube parsnip and swede.
Add all vegetables to the pan.
Simmer for 1½ hours.
Remove the potatoes and mash and then return to pan to thicken the stew.
Stir well and Simmer for a further half hour.
If you are having with dumplings add these now.
This stew is better if cooked the day prior to eating as it allows all the flavours to blend.

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