Today I am going to share with you a great recipe for all the family, a tasty Thai beef curry with Red Tractor, farm assured beef, cooked in the slow cooker. Thai curry is an authentic peasant dish, and this mild beef curry uses two main ingredients besides the sauce - beef and potatoes making this dish cheap, filling and hearty.
Thai Beef Curry
What is great about the slow cooker is that ingredients can be prepped the night before, thrown in the next morning and the slow cooker can be left to cook away slowly when you are out and about during the day. There is nothing nicer than a warming tasty meal when you get home. Less haste and more taste!
The cut of meat I have used is referred to as chuck steak, this is a cheaper cut of beef that is also called braising steak or stewing steak. It is perfect for casseroles and dishes that cook long and slow and is excellent value for money. This dish uses Red Tractor farm assured Welsh beef. Local beef cuts down on the air miles and is fantastic for the environment as well as supporting local farmers.
You may wonder what does being Red Tractor assured means. You've probably seen the logo without really registering it. The Red Tractor organisation was established in 2000 and has become the UK's largest farm and food standards scheme. The way in which the food is farmed, animals are reared and the environment is protected is all part of the Red Tractor scheme. It's a quality mark to show that animals are well looked after and food is produced responsibly, from farm to fork. I'm very happy to support this scheme.
Red Tractor have launched a website called Simply Beef And Lamb and a new campaign is to celebrate the peasant food trend. Their aim is to inspire families to rediscover traditional cooking techniques from around the world that are simple, warming and hearty. With an emphasis on using inexpensive cuts of beef and lamb, let the oven or slow cooker do all the work. For more recipes and to take the #LivePeasant challenge check out http://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/campaigns/peasant-food
Thai Beef Curry
Cost £9.31 / £1.55 per portion
75g or 2 3/4 oz Thai red curry paste
175ml or 6 fl oz unsweetened coconut milk
25g or 1 oz soft brown sugar
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
75g or 2 3/4 oz peanut butter
800g chuck steak, cut into chunks
2 large potatoes diced
200ml / 7 fl oz beef stock
fresh basil leaves cut into ribbons to garnish
chopped peanuts to serve, preferably unsalted
1. In a non stick pan fry the beef for a few minutes until starting to brown then remove.
2. Add the curry paste to the pan then add the coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce and peanut butter, stirring into the mixture is combined and heated through.
3. Add the beef stock.
4. Place the curry mixture, beef and potatoes in the slow cooker and stir well.
5. Cook on high for 4 hours, medium for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
6. Serve garnished with chopped peanuts and fresh basil leaves, accompanied with jasmine steamed rice and prawn crackers.
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