I had some casserole beef that needing using up, and I fancied something a little different to my usual curries and Italian stews. I love mushrooms, and indeed Stroganoff, so thought I’d try and recreate the usual creamy version with coconut milk instead. The recipe worked really well (even if I do say so myself) and even if you don’t like coconut milk I promise you the end product has no trace of a coconut taste. It’s really creamy and the mushrooms melt wonderfully into the thick sauce. It’s rather brown in colour though, so apologies if this doesn’t look appetising!
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
- Olive oil
- 600g of beef casserole steak
- 3 cloves garlic
- white onion
- 2 leeks
- 500g of mushrooms (a mix of chestnut & white button is fab)
- 400ml can of coconut milk
- Dried mixed herbs.
- ½ ltr home-made stock
- 1/2 tsp arrowroot
- Freshly chopped Parsley
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Dice the beef into small chunks, and season well.
- In a large saucepan sauté the crushed garlic along with the diced onion in some olive oil.
- When the onion is softened add the beef and stir until the meat has browned.
- Add the sliced leeks, diced mushrooms and dried herbs. Stir over a high heat for a few minutes.
- Add the stock, and the tin of coconut milk.
- Mix the arrowroot with a little water making a smooth paste, then add this to the saucepan mix. Bring to the boil.
- Transfer the saucepan to the oven, cover, and cook on a low simmer for 2 hours. After 1 hour, turn the heat down to 150 degrees. (Believe me it’s worth the wait as the beef will be really tender)
- Serve with roasted squash or steamed leafy green veg such as broccoli, spinach, kale or a green salad.
- You could also cook up this stew in a slow cooker if you’ve got one.
Arrowroot is a paleo friendly sauce thickener as it comes from a plant (originating from Brazil). Use in any recipes where you would usually use cornflour (for example in a gravy or a sauce). It’s easily available in the baking sections of most supermarkets, and it’s not expensive either.