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Northumbrian Shin of Beef Casserole
With spring almost upon us, I decided that there was just enough time for one more winter casserole and that it would be a great idea to put another of Turnbull’s newly stocked gourmet sauce mixes to the test. Following on from unearthing the perfect hot meat sandwich (Sticky Beef Brisket), I wondered could it be as simple to create a casserole every bit as good. Sadly, at the first attempt, I have to report a big fat ‘no’.
Northumbrian Shin of Beef would be the perfect ingredient in creating my simple and perfect stew. Using my ‘Slow Comfortable Stew’ Gourmet Sauce Mix all I had to do was peel and dice some Carrots, Swede, Potatoes and an Onion. I mixed the sauce mix with a pint of water and added all these ingredients along with 450g of Diced Northumbrian Beef Shin and a couple of tablespoons of Tomato Puree to my slow cooker. Then I cooked it for eight hours.
What came out that slow cooker was the biggest disappointment in my kitchen this year. The meat was disappointing, lacking both the flavour and texture I had expected. The sauce too failed to deliver, it just offered nothing. Even the vegetables were disappointing, that’s how bad this dish was. I refused to admit defeat, however, and put the blame entirely on the simplicity of the slow cooker. In life I’ve always found if something is too good to be true, then generally it is. The ease of producing this dish in the slow cooker was way too easy, the dish was highly disappointing and my renewed faith in my slow cooker had vanished.
Shin of Beef is a value cut of meat that like many has gained in popularity over the last few years. Beef Shin is perfect for rich and tasty casseroles, as it will thicken up the sauce itself. Beef Shin contains some connective tissue that when cooked long and slow turns to jelly, giving casseroles a wonderful rich beef flavour. Shin of beef can be purchased on or off the bone. Beef Shin on the bone is ideal for cooking 'osso buco' style.
Refusing to give up, I decided to give our new sauce mix one more try. This time I ignored the instructions on the packet and went back to what I do best, the basics. The results were outstanding. A flavoursome dish packed with flavour and meat that simply fell to bits, amazing, but how did I do it?
In a ‘Le Cruset’ type pan I added a large glug of Northumbrian Rape Seed Oil and heated it till really hot. I seasoned my Northumbrian Beef Shin with Salt and Pepper then browned it on all sides in the pan. To my sauce mix, determined to ramp up the flavour of my stew, I added a pint of Red Wine. This felt a little thick so I added a further half pint of cold water, stirred and added to the pan with my Shin Beef.
Next I added about 700g grams of diced Carrot and Swede to the pan then 500 grams of Potatoes (Maris Piers peeled and diced) and a medium Onion, also peeled and diced. Finally I added two tablespoons of Tomato Puree and mixed all the ingredients together. Next I brought the pan up to a gentle simmer and popped the lid on leaving my stew to simmer on the top for ten to fifteen minutes.
I had pre-heated my oven to 150 degrees Celsius. After allowing my stew to simmer on the hob for ten minutes or so, I simply popped it into the oven and slowly cooked for three hours and fifteen minutes, and that was it.
The results were outstanding. The connective tissue in the meat had cooked out and left a dish packed with flavour and meat that just melted in the mouth. The sauce pack had given something to the dish this time and the Red Wine without doubt brought something else to the table, even if it did push up the price a little. If you have never cooked Beef Shin this dish is simply a ‘must try dish’ and if you’re already a convert to Beef Shin, then you most definitely won’t be disappointed. Faith in my casserole cooking had been restored and I could relax.