Beef hotpot recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 8 hr
(in the slow cooker)

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 771 kCal 39%
Fat 38g 54%
Carbohydrates 72g 39%
  -  of which Sugars 29g 32%
Protein 35g 70%
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  • Our beef hotpot recipe is the perfect warming dinner dish to try this winter. A traditional winter warmer, this slow-cooked beef hotpot recipe is packed with root veg, fresh herbs, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. This hearty stew is made using only one pot which is great if you want to save on washing up.

    This hotpot is packed with root veg including parsnip, carrot and onions too. A rich beef stock packs this recipe full of flavour. Watch our step-by-step video guide to make your own delicious slow-cooked beef hotpot.

    The whole family are going to love tucking into this dish come the winter months. Love cooking with beef? We’ve got loads more delicious beef recipes right here.

    Ingredients

    • 1tsbp sunflower oil
    • 750 g (1½lb) braising beef, cubed
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2tbsp plain flour
    • 600ml (1 pint) beef stock
    • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1tbsp tomato purée
    • 2tsp English mustard
    • 3 sprigs of rosemary
    • 125g (4oz) carrots, diced
    • 125g (4oz) swede, diced
    • 125g (4oz) parsnip, diced
    • 700g (1 lb 6 oz) potatoes, thinly sliced
    • 25g (1oz) butter
    • Salt and pepper

    Method

    • Preheat the slow cooker if necessary; see the manufacturer’s handbook.

    • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the beef a few pieces at a time until all the meat is in the pan, then fry over a high heat, stirring, until browned. Remove the beef from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to the slow cooker pot.

    • Add the onion to the pan and fry, stirring, for 5 mins or until softened and just beginning to turn golden. Stir in the flour, then gradually mix in the stock. Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, mustard and leaves from 2 sprigs of the rosemary. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, stirring.

    • Add the diced vegetables to the slow cooker pot. Pour the onion and sauce over them, then cover with the potato slices, arranging them so that they overlap and pressing them down into the stock. Sprinkle with the leaves torn from the remaining stem of rosemary and a little salt and pepper.

    • Cover with the lid and cook on high for 7–8 hrs until the potatoes are tender. Lift the pot out of the housing using oven gloves; dot the potatoes with the butter and brown under a preheated hot grill, if liked.

    What is a hot pot?

    A hot pot is a traditional Chinese cooking process. It’s a big pot filled with ingredients such as meat and veg which are served in a boiling broth. The hotpot has been adapted in many ways, for example the British hotpot is more like a stew or casserole and is a one-pot, slow cooked dish where all the ingredients are cooked at the same time. Topped with sliced potatoes and a generous sprinkling of cheese.

    How to make a hot pot in a slow cooker

    This step-by-step recipe shows you exactly how to make this hearty hotpot in a slow cooker. Just pre-cook the beef and make up your sauce by following our video recipe and then pop all the ingredients into your slow cooker and leave to cook. Its the perfect option for a mid-week meal that you can prep and make in the day before the kids come home from school. The slow cooker does all the hard work for you!

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