Monday, 21 February 2011

Cowboy Stew

This is a dish I remember from my high school years and I was introduced to it by a class mate who had learned it from her mum. I dont cook it very often, to be honest I dont cook the same dishes often but rather I tend to try as many different things as possible to broaden my horizon. Think of all the food still out there to be discovered!! It's a never-ending journey. Luckily. But whenever I do make this stew I really enjoy its comfort and how easy it is to prepare.

What you need is

Beef mince

Red pepper


Garlic (optional.. I am a garlic person, but I have made it without too and it is still as delish)

Baked Beans

Single or Double Cream



Big pinch of stock powder

Brown the mince and when it's done add red pepper and sliced mushrooms and fry until cooked. Add minced garlic (if using) and season. Then you tip in your can of baked beans and add the cream and let it bubble for about 10 - 15 minutes. Check seasoning. I normally serve this with either plain rice, potatoes or mash, with a side salad and sometimes broccoli.

I havent specified any amounts here, just because it depends on the size of your family. For 2 adults, one 10 year old and a baby, I use 300 g mince, 1 pepper, handful of mushrooms, 1 can of baked beans and 150 - 200 ml cream.

It an easy dish, admittingly not very sophisticated or particularly charming, but it is tasty and warms you up on a cold day.

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