Friday, 20 April 2012

Minced Beef Surprise

Sous Chef J has a problem with chewing and swallowing some textures of food.  Luckily, we have discovered that slow cooking seems to make meat far more palatable so we're researching different recipes and ingredient combinations.  Today's meat randomly selected from the freezer was some beef mince.

Having discussed the options with Sous Chef J, he decided to opt for a 'surprise' meal.  So we chopped a couple of onions and carrots quite finely.  The onions were then sweated in a little sunflower oil over a medium heat until they had started to turn translucent.  At this point a good squeeze of tomato puree was added, mixed through and cooked on a low heat for about ten minutes.  Next the beef mince was added to the pan and browned.  Then the chopped carrots and a carton of chopped tomatoes were added to the pan.  This was stirred thoroughly and heated through.  Finally, the whole lot was added to a pre-warmed slow cooker (on high).  It was covered and left to start the cooking process on high for about an hour, then it was turned down to low and left until it was time to be served.

The slow cooked Minced Beef Surprise was served with spicy potato wedges, steamed broccoli and cauliflower and peas.  Sous Chef J decided the surprise was that he liked it!

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