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Casserole Recipe

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Published April 26th 2011

Summer is officially over and winter is fast approaching. Cooler nights call for warmer meals and comfort food. A hearty casserole and dumplings are perfect for warming the insides and if served in a bowl, they can warm up frozen fingers as well!

To save on washing up, you can cook the entire thing in a good sized saucepan.

Beef Casserole

Ingredients
1 kilogram of diced beef
1 onion
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
Oil
Two to four cups of water
Salt and pepper
Cornflour

Coat your saucepan with oil and place on the stove on a medium heat. When the oil begins to sizzle, add your diced beef, brown, then remove from heat.

Dice the onions and celery and grate the carrot. Place the vegetables in the saucepan and sweat for a couple of minutes.

Add about two cups of water. When the water is just beginning to boil, add salt and pepper.

Leave the mixture to simmer uncovered. If you are planning on adding dumplings, allow the casserole to simmer for about an hour; if not, let the casserole cook for about an hour and a half.

Return to the dish occasionally to stir. You may need to add more water as you go; alternatively, if it is not thickening, add cornflour, a pinch at a time, until you receive the desire consistency.

If you are serving your dish with dumplings, sit the dumplings on top of the casserole and place in a pre-heated, moderate (180 200 degrees Celsius) oven for twenty minutes.

Chicken Casserole

Ingredients
1 kilogram of chicken
1 onion
2 tomatoes
Two cups of mushrooms
Oil
Two to four cups of water
Salt and pepper
Cornflour

Chop your onions and tomatoes roughly and cut mushrooms in half. Sweat your vegetables over a medium heat. Pour in two cups of water and add salt and pepper just as the water is about to boil.

Cut your chicken into fairly large cubes (this will prevent it from drying out as it cooks) and add to the saucepan.

Again, leave to simmer uncovered for an hour (if you are adding dumplings) or an hour and a half (without dumplings). Stir occasionally and add water or cornflour as needed.

If you are serving your dish with dumplings, sit the dumplings on top of the casserole and place in a pre-heated, moderate (180 200 degrees Celsius) oven for twenty minutes.

Dumplings

Ingredients
Three quarters of a cup of self raising flour
Two tablespoons of butter
One quarter cup of milk

Making dumplings is very similar to making scones. The main different is that the dumplings recipe calls for more butter.

Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the butter and use your fingers to combine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the middle of your mix and slowly add the milk. Fold together carefully.

Roll your dough out and use a scone cutter or break off dumpling sized pieces. Place on top of your casserole and cook for about twenty minutes.
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Why? Perfect for cold nights
When: Any time
Where: Your kitchen
Cost: Minimal
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