To make a basic casserole (or stew) gives the ability to provide a hearty meal with whatever you have at hand. All in together also allows you to use up bits and pieces that you have in the vegetable department as you do not need a portion for each person.
Using the Crock pot or slow cooker means you can put this on to cook early in the day and then forget about it until just before you are ready to eat. All the flavours are kept in and create their own gravy.
There are a few simple steps to follow that will ensure that your meal is well cooked and pleasantly flavoured with a rich gravy – but no real measurements for your ingredients.
- Turn your slowcooker on to warm up
- Chop any root vegetables into even sized chunks (about 2 – 3 cm square) and place in slow cooker
- Potato, Parsnip, Carrot, Sweet Potato, leeks etc
- Add Chopped Onions and Garlic. you can also add a bunch of fresh herbs if you like.
- Portion meat into single serve portions or Dice the same size as the vegetables
- In a ziploc bag mix 3-4 Tablespoons of flour with salt, pepper and any other seasoning such as mustard, curry, dried herbs, chilli…..
- Add meat to bag, seal and toss to coat meat.
- Place meat on top of vegetables with all of the flour mix
- Add soft vegetables such as capsicum, mushroom. tomato, courgette
- Pour over 1 cup of liquid – stock, wine, water, black coffee, tomato juice etc
- Place lid on Crockpot and leave to cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8 – 10 hours
- Do not remove lid to look. smell etc as this will delay the cooking time.
- About 30 mins before end of cooking time stir, taste, adjust seasoning and add any frozen vegetables (peas, beans, corn) or dumplings(see below) replace lid.
- Set table and get ready to feast
Dumplings can be made simply by mixing Self raising flour and milk or water to a soft dough and then dropping spoonfuls into the top of the hot casserole. Replace lid and leave to cook.