Chiddingly Hotpot

Chiddingly Hot Pot

Something for those cold days

INGREDIENTS:

1kg stewing or chuck steak, cut into 2cm cubes

5 tbsp seasoned flour seasoned with salt and pepper

30g beef dripping or butter, plus extra to grease

2 onions, sliced

2 celery sticks, thinly sliced

Handful of pitted black olives, roughly chopped ( you can leave out)

1 tsp ground allspice

2 heaped tbsp roughly chopped fresh tarragon ( or mixed herbs if you have no tarragon)

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

250g floury potatoes, very finely sliced

300ml good-quality fresh beef stock/ stock cubes will do.

Heat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3.

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Toss the steak in the flour, reserving the leftover flour.
  2. Heat most of the dripping or butter in a large frying pan and brown the steak all over in batches. Remove and set aside, leaving the juices in the pan.
  3. Add a little more of the dripping or butter, then add the onions and celery to the pan. Cook gently for 5-10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Add the olives, allspice, tarragon, vinegar and leftover flour, then cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer half the mixture to a 1.2 litre gratin dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Spread half the beef over the onion mixture, then top evenly with half the potatoes. Pour over half the stock, then repeat, finishing with a layer of the remaining potatoes and the rest of the stock.
  5. Cover with a sheet of greased foil, transfer to the oven and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for a further 30-40 minutes until the potatoes have crisped on top. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then serve with green veg, if you like.

I love to eat this with crusty chunks of bread!

About the author

Yodama
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I am a Leo. Curious, interested in the Universe, UFO's, crop circles, Drakes equation, books, music ( all kinds,) anything beautiful and peaceful, at times Rock gets the blood pumping. I am humorous and ridiculous. I live in a beautiful village in Hampshire, recluse, games geek, researcher, chocoholic. curryholic.

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Alice-May
12th Feb 2017
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This reminds me of a dish my mother would make, but she didn't write anything down and I was too young to appreciate missing out on all her knowledge.
I can't wait to try it. Thank you.
Yodama
21st Feb 2017
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I hope you like it Alice-May, maybe it is time to write down your own things and pass your knowledge on.
Thank you,
Yodama
24th Jan 2017
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Hope you enjoy this lovely dish LollyF, maybe being a recluse means I can eat it all, and not have to share ( selfish I know ) a nap afterwards would be called for, just to make room for pudding. Hmmm, time for a pudding recipe?
LollyF
22nd Jan 2017
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Will definitely have a go of your recipe. Recluse? How come with a lively brain like yours?
LollyF
22nd Jan 2017
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Gorgeous, but gorgeous January warmer.
Yodama
13th Jan 2017
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Thank you Wilf, it is not hard to make, sticks to the ribs and yes, delicious on a cold day, or days.
Wilf
11th Jan 2017
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Looks like a very nice recipe for these cold winter days!
Yodama
6th Jan 2017
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Thank you for your kind words monedd, time to carve out a different way of living, fill it with other things.
monedd
6th Jan 2017
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Love the 'old lady', can truly empathise with it.....

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