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Old 01-21-2014, 05:41 AM
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Tomato Beef casserole

This recipe was originally posted by Bilby in Jan. 2014 What's for Dinner thread.

Tomato Beef casserole

500g chunky cubed beef.
1x can crushed tomatoes
2x cans water (from above)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Apricot chicken sachet (mine was maggi)
1 roughly chopped onion
2 chunky chopped carrots.
Method;
Brown beef, onion and carrots in a little oil.
Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl and pour over beef.
Casserole in a 170*C oven for approx 2 hours or until tender making
sure you stir once or twice.
Serve with mashed potatoes and peas or beans.
Can be done in a crock pot.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:07 AM
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Bilby, I think the apricot chciken sachet is something we don't have over here, care to explain what it consists of? Or does someone else have any idea if I'm just not looking in the correct place in the grocery?
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:11 PM
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Thumbs up This recipe has won a Blue Ribbon

Ellenmelon has given this recipe a Blue Ribbon.

Congrats Kathy!!

Thank you Ellen for being a recipe tester and testing this recipe.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:06 PM
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I found the seasoning packet online but not in my grocery store either.

My husband made the recipe on a Sunday afternoon. He likes spicy and so, the recipe begins....

Bilby's Tomato Beef Casserole with roughly US equivalents and some additional changes:

Ingredients:
1 pound (or 500g) chunky cubed venison (substitute for the beef)
1 pint jar (or 1x can) crushed tomatoes
2 pints (or 2x can) water
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar (more than the original recipe)
4 chopped dried apricots and 1 packet of dried french onion dip mix (substitute for the maggi apricot chicken sachet)
1 chopped onion, chunky
2 chopped carrots, chunky

Method:
Dredge the meat cubes in the powder only from the french onion dip (he used a sieve to separate the dried onion from the seasoning).
Using a stew pot, brown the meat in peanut oil and set aside.
Brown the onion and carrots in the oil.
Add the tomatoes, some water, the worcestershire, sugar, apricots, dried onion to the pot.
Now this is where it gets interesting, he added some chopped celery, pre-cooked cubed potatoes, four garlic cloves, smoked dried jalapenos, dried jalapenos, dried tomatoes, dried sweet yellow peppers, a tablespoon of liquid Tabasco brand smoked chipotle sauce, and then the rest of the water.
Then he added the meat back in.
Because the meat was more tender than stew meat, he only simmered it for twenty minutes until the vegetables were done.

He loved it. And it smelled great.
I am glad he is eating it all this week and not me; I would need a pound of cheese to kill the hot!
He says he will try it next with squirrel meat. oh yay...
LOL!
And I thought he couldn't cook, ha ha ha!

XO to all who have husbands who like to cook but won't admit it to their wives

This recipe absolutely gets a Blue Ribbon for its sheer ease and versatility and that added bit of fruit flavor in the apricot seasoning, thanks Bilby! very nice!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:15 PM
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Congrats Kathy!!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:52 PM
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I was going to use a french onion soup mix/sachet but didn't have one so I used apricot chicken as that is what I had in the pantry but it worked well, I'd do it that way again. This is my variation on other recipes found, and it's nice to know that other people wing it and make it their own just like I did.

Ellen that is waaaaay to many hot peppers for me or anyone in our family, but go for it! Glad you enjoyed.
Put a dollop of sour cream or greek yoghurt on top to kill the chilli heat a bit.
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