Monday, November 23, 2009

#207 Sussex Stewed Steak

Stewed steak is one of the things that remind me of being a kid back home in Pudsey, Leeds. My Mum used to do stewed steak with dumplings sometimes and it was delicious. It’s odd, however, that I’ve never had it anywhere other then my Mum’s; nobody else seems to eat it. I don’t what it has to do with Sussex either. This recipe is pretty much exactly what my Mum did, except for two main differences: this uses one big piece of steak and has additional flavourings. This is a very easy recipe and perfect for these times of filthy weather that seems to keep your socks permanently soggy and your mind on sunnier times. Give it a go.

Start off with a nice two to two-and-a-half pound slice of either top rump or chuck steak. Make sure it is well trimmed. Season both sides well with salt and pepper and coat with flour. Place it a well fitting ovenproof dish, and cover with sliced onion; use a large one. Now add six tablespoons each of stout and port and two tablespoons of either mushroom ketchup or wine vinegar. Cover tightly with foil and place in an oven preheated to 140⁰C for three hours. That’s it! Serve with mashed potato and field mushrooms, says Griggers.


#207 Sussex Stewed Steak. This took me right back to my childhood. The delicious thin gravy with a hint of rich booze and wonderfully tender beef cooked slowly – it’s what rainy November evenings were made for. 8.5/10.

4 comments:

purejuice said...

i think this is one of the highest grades you've given. i do like the simplicity of it. and i bet it makes the house smell toasty.

Neil B said...

It is a the best one so far for when you can't be bothered cooking! 5 minutes to prepare. it's what you want when it's completely miserable outside (as it always is in Manchester this time of year!)

Anonymous said...

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Neil B said...

Cheers! it's always nice for folks to say nice things. i recently looked over the old posts and was actually quite embarrasssed at how bad they read. i decided i should go back and re-write them, but then i thought that would be bad blog practise!