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Italian beef casserole and parmesan potatoes

  • Serves 6
  • 1 hour 40 mins
  • Oven temp 180C/350F/ gas4


600g Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured braising steak

200g baby onions

2 carrots

1 celery stick

250g mushrooms

2 garlic cloves

Black pepper

100g pancetta

1 x 5 ml spoon (1 tsp) olive oil

1 x 410g can chopped tomatoes

1 x 15 ml spoon(1 tbs) tomato puree

500 ml boiling water

1 x beef stock cube

2 bay leaves

Parmesan potatoes

1 kg Maris piper potatoes

60g parmesan


Chopping boards, knives, peeler, garlic crusher, measuring spoons, casserole dish, wooden spoon, tongs, plate, measuring jug, fork, kettle, can opener, oven gloves, saucepan, colander, grater.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4.
  2. Prepare the vegetables:
  • Peel the onions;
  • Top and tail the carrots, peel and chop;
  • Wash the celery and slice;
  • Wipe the mushrooms and slice;
  • Peel the garlic and crush;
  • Peel the potatoes and slice.
  1. On a separate chopping board (ideally red), cut the steak into cubes. Season with black pepper.
  2. Chop the pancetta. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands after handling raw meat.
  3. Heat the oil in a casserole dish, add the steak and brown.
  4. Remove the steak from the pan and place on a plate.
  5. Add the pancetta to the casserole dish and fry until golden. Remove the pancetta from the pan and place on the plate with the steak.
  6. Reduce the heat and add the onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and garlic to the casserole dish. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Make up the beef stock with boiling water.
  8. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock and bay leaves to the casserole dish. Mix well.
  9. Add the beef and pancetta to the casserole dish and mix well.
  10. Place the lid on the casserole dish and bring to the boil.
  11. Place the casserole dish in the oven and cook for 90 minutes.
  12. While the casserole is cooking, bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the potatoes.
  13. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  14. Drain the potatoes and leave to cool.
  15. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and remove the lid.
  16. Carefully arrange the potatoes on top of the casserole.
  17. Grate the parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top of the potatoes.
  18. Cook in the oven for a further 10 minutes without the lid until the potatoes are golden.



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