This Braised Beef is pure comfort in a bowl and one of my favourite casserole dishes. EVER!!
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Low Syn Braised Beef is delicious, filling and flavoursome. Tender pieces of beef in the most amazing gravy sauce that you will want to ladle up with a spoon, my kids love it, we all love it.
It's one of those types of dishes that taste even better on the second day, so I love trying to keep at least one serving for lunch the next day - yum!!
I like to cook this in my Staub 28cm Cast Iron Casserole Pot. Cast iron is the best cookware ever, as it can be used for stovetop and transferred to the oven. It's the perfect cookware for casserole type dishes like this Low Syn Braised Beef
Out for the whole day? This would also be perfect slow cooked in a crockpot slow cooker on low for 8 hours or it can also be cooked in a Instant Pot.
If you haven't heard of an Instant Pot you are seriously missing out. It is the best kitchen gadget I have purchased. I would even put it above my actifry and that's saying something. I love this thing so much, that I almost use it EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
It seriously tops every kitchen appliance I have ever bought.
It is basically a 7in1 cooker, and it slow cooks, pressure cooks, sautes, has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge and even makes yoghurt (I haven't tried that yet).
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That gravy that covers all the meat and vegetable is totally delicious in this Low Syn Braised Beef, it's sometimes hard to resist not having some yummy bread to mop it up with, the kids especially love their buttered bread with dishes like this so sometimes it can be really tempting. Well, luckily I have this Gluten-Free Soda Bread recipe that is just perfect and can be used as part of your healthy extra b choice.
How can I add a ⅓ speed foods to this Low Syn Braised Beef?
There are some carrots and onion already in the recipe, but pair with some additional greens as a side. My recommendation is this Sauteed Garlic Brussel Sprouts which are delicious by the way. Also, another yummy dish to serve this with is this tasty Cauliflower Mash instead of regular mashed potatoes, I just skipped on the spring onions this time around.
Need some other side recommendations to pair with this Low Syn Braised Beef?
If you can't cope without the potatoes, then give some of this delicious potato sides a try, just try and add at least a ⅓ speed foods to your plate to help boost weight loss:
- Syn Free Extra Crispy Potatoes
- Syn Free Mashed Potatoes
- Best Ever Syn Free Roast Potatoes
- Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes
- Crushed Roast Potatoes
- Red Swiss Chard and Potato Bake
- Syn Free Cheddar and Spring Onion Mash
- Syn Free Sweet Potato Mash
This recipe is also perfect for freezing if you are lucky enough to have any leftovers of course. If you want some to freeze, it's a great idea to double up on the ingredients, make a large pot and then you can put some in some freezer containers and freeze for another day.
To heat up, I fully defrost and heat in the microwave or over a low heat in a pan until heated through. Easy Peasy!!
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Low Syn Braised Beef?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
- Dutch oven or Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
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- 800g (28oz) of stewing steak/beef (all visible fat removed)
- 1 large red onion (halved and sliced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed and chopped finely)
- 2 large carrots (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 2.5 cups/600ml of beef stock
- couple of sprigs of fresh thyme (or use a sprinkle of dried if you have not got fresh to hand)
- a splash of balsamic vinegar
- cooking oil spray
- 2 tablespoon of cornstarch (3 syns) - *can substitute with tapioca or arrowroot powder
- salt and pepper to season
- freshly chopped parsley
- Spray a large pot with cooking oil spray, place over a medium high heat, brown the beef and then set aside.
- Reduce the heat slightly and add onion, garlic and carrot and cook for approx 5 mins until softened (you may need to add a little of the stock to the pan if it starts to stick)
- Add the stock, and splash of balsamic vinegar. Mix the starch of choice with a little cold water into a paste and add this into the stock.
- Return the meat to the casserole dish and add the fresh thyme and tomato paste
- Bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for approx 1.5-2 hours until meat is tender and sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper and stir through fresh chopped parsley
- Serve with your choice of side and enjoy!!
- Set Instant Pot to saute mode and spray pot with cooking oil spray, once it displays "HOT" add the beef to brown and then remove and set aside.
- Add the onion, garlic and carrot and cook for approx 5 mins until softened (you may need to add a little of the stock to the pan to deglaze if it starts to stick.
- Pour in the stock, and splash of balsamic vinegar, return the meat to the pot and add the fresh thyme and tomato paste
- Set to manual mode (high pressure) and a cooking time of 30 mins.
- Once it finishes cooking allow pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
- Mix the cornstarch with a little water and stir into a paste.
- Set Instant Pot to saute mode add the cornstarch slurry and stir until thickened.
- Season as needed with salt and black pepper and stir through chopped parsley.
- Serve with your choice of side and enjoy!!
- Follow steps 1-3 for stove top method
- Add to a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.
- Mix the cornstarch with a little water and stir in to the casserole for the last hour of cooking time to thicken.
- Season as needed with salt and pepper and stir through parsley prior to serving.
- Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!!
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, whole30, Slimming World, Instant Pot, Slow Cooker and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - 0.5 syns per serving
- Original/SP - 0.5 syns per serving
- WW Smart Points - 6 per serving
*suitable for freezing
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 215Total Fat 7.5gSaturated Fat 2.9gCholesterol 72mgSodium 580mgCarbohydrates 7.1gFiber 0.9gSugar 2.4gProtein 4.2g