Here the cook will be graded if you will on this slow cooking method and the love put into the dish and not the intramuscular white fat content found in grain-fed beef which is all the rave with certain restaurateurs and others and frankly may very well be the cause of modern health concerns. For me the slogan"more fat, more flavor" which is revered by so many is far from the truth! I can assure you that you will achieve the same "ta da" with a minimal ingredient list and grass-fed organic beef because here the beef actually taste the way beef is supposed to taste!
A condensed translation for my Afrikaans and Dutch readers:
Net soos n' warme koppie Milo en n' rituaale kamerjas op n' koue wintersaand, so sal n' heerlike en stadige gekookte organiese biefstuk bredie jou troos. Hierdie stadige metode is n' beloning vir enigeiemand wat bereid is om die heeldag voor n' stoof te slaaf. Bo alle twyfel, hierdie ryk en lekker vleissous is waar jy sal gradeer word en die slagspreuk "meer vet meer geer" is nie rerig n' waarheid nie, nie vir my nie. In elk geval, vee wat gras vreet is meer gesond vir ons as vee wat graan vreet. Ten slotte, daar is talle ander bestaandele wat vir jou geer kan verseker maar vir my is liefde die vernaamste. As daar niks liefde is nie, hoef jy nie moeite maak nie.
Beef cooked low and slow in a rich gravy with crispy fru fru potatoes
The potato topping is crispy and has a hint of lemony spicy goodness.
As you bite into it, it just melts in your mouth! The beef is as tender
as can be and that rich gravy will have you singing for more!
This is also known as a "bredie" in South Africa. ( Snyboontjie bredie)
Slow cooked beef, fresh green beans and crispy star shaped potatoes over fragrant basmati rice and mustard seeds.
What are these? They are not what you think they are!
Stuffed with roasted and then pickled beets in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce
These are actually pear-shaped potatoes ( made from mashed potatoes)
Please use organic ingredients when possible
- 2 big onions, thinly sliced
- 2 lbs organic grass-fed stewing beef, cut into cubes, washed and drained in a colander
- olive oil
- 1 whole ball garlic pounded
- roasted bell pepper seeds
- 1-2 dried red chilies
- about 5 big potatoes( I made fancy cutouts, but you can just peel and slice thick rounds)
- some crack black
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- lemon pepper ( I make the lemon part from scratch, will show in another post)
- kosher salt
Grease a casserole dish with olive oil, spoon the beef mixture into the dish and pack the potato slices on top. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with lemon pepper and bell pepper seeds and bake in a 375 degree convection oven for a further 20 mins or until the tops of the potatoes are golden.
For the green bean version:
Follow the same procedure as for the cubed beef casserole but add the green beans to the cubed beef mixture in the pot and cook further until tender( another 20 mins). Bake the star shaped potatoes in the oven, with olive oil and the lemon pepper and bell pepper seeds until crispy 375 degrees for 25 mins and then just place on top of the meat and green bean mixture when you are ready to serve.
Pear- shaped baked potatoes:
- 1 lb floury potatoes
- 1 egg plus an egg yolk
- 3 oz grated Parmesan
- 3 T fresh chopped cilantro
- some bell pepper seeds
- some raw spaghetti to represent a stalk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 cloves chopped garlic
- 1T grated Parmesan
- 1 extra beaten egg
- some panko
- some flour
Peel and cook the potatoes until tender 7 mins. Do not forget to salt the water with a little kosher salt. Drain and mash thoroughly. While the mashed potato is still hot, gingerly add the all the beaten eggs, 3oz Parmesan, bell pepper seeds and the cilantro. Divide into 12 portions on a tray and refrigerate for an hour. Flatten each portion on the palm of the hand, place one teaspoon of the beets in the center and then close this filling tightly.
Shape these portions into a pear shapes , dust with flour, dip in the beaten egg and then the panko, stick a small piece of spaghetti into the potato for the stalk and refrigerate for another 30 mins.
Drizzle with olive oil and bake in a pre-heated 375 oven until golden( about 25 mins.)
Creamy Parmesan sauce:
Cook the cream and the, 3 cloves of chopped garlic until reduced down just a little and then add the Parmesan and cook until creamy about 10 mins. Spoon over the baked pear shaped potatoes.
- 1 jar organic small dice beets/ or you can roast 2 in the oven
- chopped green chili
- 2 chopped shallots
- 1 T balsamic
- 3 T rice vinegar
I never make all these dishes on one day. One dish per day!