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

LittleMinx
514 Up Votes
I live in a beautiful village in Hampshire. my interests include music, art, theatre,,writing, research, the Universe and space, UFO phenomena and crop circles. I play computer games and am a recluse. I have a keen sense of humour that rises unbidden at the most serious of times. I live alone but sometimes need human contact. Love chocolate. Would love to discuss, chew the fat, remonstrate, empathise, talk nonsense about all of the above or........anything else. Interested in Drakes Equation.

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LollyF
9 hours ago
0
Thanks for voting!
Will definitely have a go of your recipe. Recluse? How come with a lively brain like yours?
LollyF
9 hours ago
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Gorgeous, but gorgeous January warmer.
LittleMinx
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!
LittleMinx
6th Jan 2017
1
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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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