Rich soy beef braised with tomatoes and shallots


Rich soy beef braised with tomatoes and shallots

This slow cooked recipe uses Kikkoman Soy Sauce for a rich, aromatic gravy. Clever cooks add a splash of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce

  • Serves4
  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time2 hours 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 3t bsp vegetable oil
  • 675g (1 ½lb) braising steak, cubed
  • 4 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 100g (4oz) mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 400g (14oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 425ml (¾pt) beef stock

Bubble and squeak cakes

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 250g (9oz) green cabbage, e.g. Savoy
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325F/Gas mark 3.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan and brown the cubes of steak in batches over a fairly high heat. As the meat browns, transfer the pieces to a casserole dish.

When all the meat has been browned, lower the heat under the pan, add the remaining oil, shallots and mushrooms and fry gently for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and soy sauce. Mix the flour with a little of the stock until smooth, add to the pan with the rest of the stock and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened. Pour into the casserole, cover and cook in the oven for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is very tender.

Meanwhile, make the bubble and squeak cakes. Boil the potatoes in a pan of water until tender. Drain and mash.

Cut out any coarse stalk from the cabbage and shred the leaves finely. Cook in a covered pan with a very little water until the leaves are just tender. Drain, pat dry with kitchen paper and stir into the mashed potatoes with the beaten egg and seasoning. Shape into small cakes, roll in the flour and chill until ready to cook.

When the stew is almost done, heat oil for shallow frying and fry the bubble and squeak cakes until golden brown on both sides, turning over once. Drain on kitchen paper and serve with the beef.