Friday, 8 April 2016

Slow Cooked Thai Beef Curry

We all lead hectic lives, with jobs, families, and social lives. I know I do. This is where my slow cooker comes in. I bought mine a couple of years ago and I cannot rate it highly enough. Meat is always so tender in the slow cooker, the long slow heat breaks down the fibres in cheaper cuts of meat making it especially tender, and almost everything tastes great when cooked in it. 

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.

This recipe for Thai beef curry is one the whole family will love. Enriched with coconut milk and peanut butter this simple peasant dish which is hearty with a touch of spice, will transport you to Southeast Asia. If you are short on time, throw everything in a pre-heated slow cooker at once, it will still taste great at the end. For a particularly authentic accompaniment serve with fragrant jasmine rice, but if you are watching the pennies long grain or basmati rice will be perfectly fine. This dish works out to £1.55 a portion. Much cheaper than your local takeaway too.

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



Serves 6

Cost £9.31 / £1.55 per portion

Ingredients

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



Method

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.



Enjoy!

* a sponsored post, all words and opinions are my own
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31 comments

  1. Really loving these slow cook recipes I'm finding lately! Perfect for those of us who work and can just come home to an-almost fully ready meal. Never thought of slow cooking a curry before xx

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    1. Slow cooking just makes the meat so tender, and you can save the pennies then with cheaper cuts of meat. I love mine.

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  2. This looks fantastic, great idea, we love Thai food here but never thought of making it in the slow cooker before!xx

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  3. This looks and sounds delicious! I love a good curry! H x

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    1. We go out for a meal to our local Indian restaurant every Sunday but as this dish is less than £10 for 6 people, I may have to stay in and eat this instead ;)

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  4. This really looks delicious but I can't eat peanut butter...wonder if almond butter would work?

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    1. If you try it let me know how you get on Karen!

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  5. this looks yummy; i love my slow cooker so much!
    jen from abalancedbelly

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  6. This looks delicious! What an absolute treat. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!

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    1. It was great to meet you after Kacie! This was gorgeous, hope you give it a try.

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  7. Oh yum! I've only ever used my slow cooker once and it went very wrong.

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    1. My first slow cooker was faulty - it cooked too fast, however my second was is amazing and you can use the internal pan on the stove - its a sear and stew slow cooker by Morphy Richards.

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  8. I've not really tried my Thai food to be honest but this does sound really lovely.

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  9. This meal looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you've photographed each stage here, it looks really good on the page.

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    1. Danny, that is so sweet, thank you so much!

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  10. I am going to cook this. looks so tasty.

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  11. Oh wow this looks amazing, we really need to use our slow cooker more. I am going to give this recipe a try!

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  12. This looks delicious - I am not a huge beef fan but do love curry! It looks amazing too. Kaz x

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    1. I am going to try this with chicken for my husband.

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  13. I've just bought a slow cooker and have to make something in it. This curry looks absolutely amazing, might have to try something similar x

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    1. Rhian, it's the best gadget, if you can call it that, that I have ever bought for the kitchen.

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  14. This looks so good. I bet it was tasty. I love slow cooking.

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  15. This looks amazing, will definitely give this a go

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  16. Slow cooked beef, thai curry style! Sounds lovely and it looks amazing!

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    1. It was lovely, the peanut butter and coconut make it rich but not overtly so as the beef stock balances the meal.

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  17. Oh that looks amazing! I love a good slow cooker recipe - will definitely be trying this one.

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  18. A great recipe for the slow cooker. Would love to try this :) x

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  19. I love using my slow cooker to make curries! In fact I'll be making a thai green curry tomorrow morning in our slow cooker. I'll definitely try this recipe, it looks delicious x

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  20. Mmmm, that looks so good! I've just done my live slow recipe and am loving seeing everyone's creations. I might have to cook this next week to try and get baby to come out! Haha xx

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