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Recipe of the Week: Slow Spiced Ox Stew

Slow Spiced Ox Stew

Enjoy time with friends and family by slow cooking….just a few minutes preparation, then relax while it cooks to perfection.

With melt-in-the-mouth texture and gorgeous flavours, this stew is well worth the wait!

Slow Spiced Ox Stew

  • Servings: 8
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Calories 564 per portion
Fat 38g (17g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Rapeseed oil 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Plain flour 2 rounded tbsp
  • Ox cheeks 4 approx. 1.9kg (4lb 4oz)
  • Onions 2, peeled and each cut into 6 wedges
  • Carrots 2 large, peeled and cut into 1cm (½in) thick slices
  • Celery 2 sticks, cut into thick slices
  • Mandarin or satsuma 1, finely grated zest
  • Thyme 4 sprigs
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Star anise 2
  • Pitted dried dates 6, halved
  • Whole plum tomatoes 400g can
  • Beef Stock Pots (or stock cubes) 2
  • Mashed potato and broccoli to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°fan/Gas 2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large flameproof casserole dish. Season the flour and use to coat the ox cheeks. Brown them in the oil, two at a time, for 2 minutes each side. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the casserole along with the onions, carrots and celery. Stir well, cover and leave over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in any leftover flour, the mandarin zest, thyme, bay leaves, star anise and dates.
  3. Put the meat back in the casserole, add the tomatoes and Stock Pots (or crumble in the stock cubes) and pour over just enough boiling water to cover the meat. Bring to the boil on the hob then cover and cook in the oven for 4 hours until the meat is tender.
  4. Lift the ox cheeks out of the casserole and set aside, covered. Put the casserole on the hob over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Pull the meat into large chunks and put back into the sauce. Take out the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Season well and serve with mashed potato and broccoli, if you like.
  5. Slow cooker method Prepare as in the method then place in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours. Take the lid off and continue cooking for another hour to reduce the sauce.

Cook’s tips

Ask the butcher to trim the fat off the ox cheeks, or skim the fat off the top of the sauce after cooking but before you reduce it.

The dates and mandarin zest add a subtle fragrance and sweetness to the sauce.

If you prefer, after taking the meat out you can thicken the sauce with cornflour mixed with a little water; bring to the boil before returning the meat to the sauce.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Fragrant Turkey with Chickpeas

 

It’s super-healthy and absolutely delicious!

This turkey recipe is so packed with flavour that you won’t even notice that it’s only 353 calories per portion.

I’ve made it three times already this year. And it really is worth the wait!

 

Fragrant Turkey with Chickpeas

 

Fragrant Turkey with Chickpeas

  • Servings: 4
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 12g (3g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Turkey drumstick approx. 700g (1lb 9oz)
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Root ginger 4cm (1½in) piece, peeled and finely chopped
  • Ground cumin 1 tsp
  • Ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • Mixed spice 1 tsp
  • Dried crushed chillies ½–1 tsp
  • Chopped tomatoes 400g can
  • Chickpeas 400g can, drained
  • Chicken stock 600ml (1 pint)
  • Raisins or sultanas 50g (2oz)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Carrots 350g (12oz), diced
  • Curly kale 110g (4oz), sliced
  • Rice or couscous to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Partially sever the knuckle end of the turkey drumstick by using a large knife and hitting it with a rolling pin or hammer so that the knuckle can be bent round and will fit in a large saucepan. Heat the oil in the pan and brown the turkey for about 5 minutes, turning once or twice. When the drumstick has begun to colour, add the onion and cook for a further 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic, ginger, ground spices and chillies and cook for 1 minute more, then mix in the tomatoes, chickpeas, stock and dried fruit. Season with pepper and bring to the boil, stirring the sauce to mix.

  3. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours or until the turkey is almost falling off the bone. Lift the drumstick out of the pan and put onto a plate. Add the carrots to the pan and cook uncovered for 15 minutes until just tender.

  4. Meanwhile, remove the skin, tendons and bone from the turkey, then cut the meat into pieces and return to the pan.

  5. Add the kale and cook for a few minutes until just wilted. Spoon the stew into warmed shallow bowls lined with couscous or rice, if using.

    Slow cooker method

    Follow the method to step 3 and then transfer to the slow cooker. Add the carrots, cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours. Add the kale for the last 15 minutes.

    Cook’s tips

    The ingredients list may look long but the jars of spices keep for ages and root ginger can be chopped and frozen or kept in the salad compartment of the fridge for several weeks.

    If you have runner beans, slice and add with the carrots and cook for about 10 minutes until just tender.

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This turkey recipe is so packed with flavour that you won’t even notice that it’s only 353 calories per portion – perfect for post-Christmas indulgence.

I’ve made it three times already this year. And it really is worth the wait!

 

Fragrant Turkey with Chickpeas

 

Fragrant Turkey with Chickpeas

Serves 4
Preparation 25 minutes
Cooking 2½ hours or 6-7 hours in a slow cooker)
Per portion: 353 Kcal, 12g fat (3g saturated)

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