Beef Casserole in the slow cooker

Day 2 drop off at preschool went even better than the first, both girls just ran to grab the best game first and I didn’t have to dry one tear, well apart from my own that is, even Daddy admitted last night to being a bit, well, watery eyed yesterday whilst listening to me tell him how it all went but you didn’t hear that here ok!

I started talking to a mum I recognised as we waited to drop the children off and she told me she worked on the maternity ward at our local hospital, she did a night shift last night (I can’t praise the night shift workers enough, thank you all!) and another set of twins, two girls were born Hooray! She asked me how I used my time yesterday. I didn’t tell the truth, I replied ‘Didn’t do much waited for a phone call from preschool which never came.’ but my reply should have been…

‘I made a beef casserole in my slow cooker, I took a video of myself making it and today I shall be editing it and sticking up on my blog.’

I’m not sure but I’m guessing that wouldn’t have been a reply she was expecting and she would have immediately placed me in her ‘weirdo’ bracket. So I avoided being pigeon-holed for at least another day or two :)

Back to Beef Casserole in the slow cooker – here’s the step by step video and underneath you’ll find the ingredients and written method below it. I love it because it took half an hour maximum to throw together, an odd stir or two throughout the day to avoid any sticking to the bottom. It is adaptable and cheap, not only that it’s incredibly nutritious AND the meat becomes so tender it falls apart making it perfect for children who don’t want to chew.


1 tray of diced beef from any supermarket, approx 500g for 3/4 people
1/2 bowl of flour seasoned with salt, pepper, (mixed dry herbs, Colman’s mustard powder, paprika, cayenne pepper – be creative!)
1 onion, 1 clove of garlic if you have some
a few carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes. Leeks are good too
1 stock cube
glass of red wine or white. (Ale is good too)
couple of bay leaves


  1. Turn on slow cooker to high
  2. Coat the beef in the seasoned flour and fry off in olive oil until brown, place in the slow cooker
  3. Chop onion and sweat in same pan as used for frying meat until golden and soft, add to slow cooker
  4. Chop carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and add to slow cooker
  5. Make up some beef stock (about 1/2 litre) add to slow cooker, stir all ingredients to mix well.
  6. Add some wine if wished, not essential and bay leaves – also not essential
  7. Cook on high for one hour then on low for about 5 hours stirring occasionally to make sure it isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan.
30 mins before serving I added some dumplings from a supermarket packet mix to the slow cooker.
This recipe is adaptable and can be used with diced pork too


  1. reluctanthousedad
    February 10, 2012 / 12:40 PM

    Fabulous stuff. I love what you’ve done with your vlog at the beginning, too. My camerawoman has gone on strike so I need to find another way of vlogging. That aside, the recipe looks brilliant.

  2. reluctanthousedad
    February 10, 2012 / 12:41 PM

    How DO you do those effects in between shots? Are you Spielberg in disguise? So impressed. 

  3. November 17, 2012 / 3:39 PM

    That’s the ingredients ordered! Planning to have a go at this later in the week :)

    • Mari
      November 17, 2012 / 9:45 PM

      let me know how you get on – it’s dead simple :)

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