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3 ‘Wonky’ One Pot Recipes

Wonky veg is ideal for one pot cooking. After all, once they’re peeled, chopped, sliced and stewed, carrots, peppers and other favourites look and taste just as good as their ‘normal’ cousins. Take a look at these winter warmers and make the most of ‘naturally wonderful’ produce from the greengrocery aisle.

Beefed-up Casserole

Wrap yourself in a blanket of beef stew comfort food this winter and use wonky veg in the pot for a more rustic appearance.

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 800g braising steak, cubed
  • 400g shallots, peeled
  • 2 wonky peppers, deseeded and diced
  • 400g mushrooms, wiped, and halved if large
  • 2 tbsps tomato purée
  • 500ml ale
  • 400ml beef stockmade from a cube
  • 2 tbsps Bisto Gravy Powder
  • 400g wonky carrots , peeled & chopped

What to do:

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the braising steak. Stir fry over a very high heat to seal the meat on all sides then add the shallots, peppers and mushrooms. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix together the tomato purée, stock and ale and pour over the meat and vegetables.Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour until cooked through and the meat is tender.
  3. Mix the gravy powder to a thin paste with a little cold water and add to the stew. Continue stirring it in until the gravy thickens.
  4. Divide the stew into 2 batches – half can be sprinkled with parsley and eaten at once with mashed potato and the other half can be cooled then frozen for a later date.

Chunky Chilli Casserole

This chilli ‘stew’ uses chunky veg for a satisfying, hearty bowl of tastiness. Try wonky peppers when in season for a satisfying and filling chilly weather dish.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 wonky onion, peeled and chopped
  • 450g braising steak, cubed
  • 3 wonky peppers, deseeded and diced
  • 220g mushrooms, wiped and quartered
  • 1 tsp Morrisons chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp Morrisons cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps Morrisons ground coriander
  • 1 Knorr beef pot
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 420g red kidney beans
  • 8 slices garlic bread
  • 20g parsley

What to do:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and braising steak until the meat is sealed on all sides.
  2. Add the peppers, mushrooms, chilli flakes, cumin seeds and ground coriander. cook, stirring, for 2 minutes then add the Knorr Infusion Pot, tomatoes and 400ml boiling water.
  3. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Add the kidney beans and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, sprinkle parsley over the chilli if desired and serve hot with 2 slices of garlic bread and sour cream.

Cumberland Sausage Traybake

Wonky fruit goes wonderfully with wonky vegetables in this dish. Use apples instead of pears if you like and look for mis-shapes to add a real ‘country supper’ feel.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pack Cumberland sausages
  • 1 kg baby potatoes
  • 450g wonky carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 Conference pears, peeled, quartered and cored
  • ½ jar honey mustard sauce
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

What to do:

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 6.
  2. Mix the pack of sausages, the potatoes and the carrots with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and then arrange in a large roasting pan.
  3. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss well.
  4. Toss the red onion and pear quarters in the remaining oil and add to the pan. Spread the ingredients so there’s an even mix across the pan.
  5. Drizzle the sauce over and return to the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through, bubbling and golden.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with fresh thyme sprigs (optional).

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