Well, it’s that time of the year again. January and winter in particular for me is all about comfort; slow-cooked meals, like pork, cider and apple casserole; beef hotpot and dumplings, and memories of childhood.
My name is David Wrigley and I am the Head Chef at Saddler’s Bistro.
At the moment, I’m working on a new takeaway menu for February. It centres on meals that are warm, comforting and full of flavour. The winter months are more bearable with slow-cooked meat finished with added herbs, such as thyme and rosemary.
Lockdown has given me more time to think about new dishes, ready for that all-important day when we can welcome our diners back into the restaurant. Until then, I have added a recipe which I’m looking to put on our new takeaway menu.
Spicy Beef Shin Hotpot Recipe
- 50ml of rapeseed oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 yellow pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1.5kg beef shin, boned, trimmed and cut into small cubes
- 300g of cooking chorizo, cut into slices
- 2 tbsp of plain flour
- 1 tbsp of sweet smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp of ground cumin
- 1 tbsp of black treacle
- 1 tbsp of tomato purée
- 1 dried ancho chilli, soaked in hot water
- 500ml of beef stock
- 400g of tinned chopped tomatoes (1 tin)
- 400g of chickpeas (1 tin)
- Salt & Pepper
To begin, place a casserole dish or stockpot on the hob over a medium heat and add half of the rapeseed oil. Once the oil has warmed up, add the finely chopped onion, peppers and garlic and stir to coat. Bring the heat down
Cook slowly for about 15–20 minutes until everything is soft and sweet, then remove from the heat and scrape into a bowl. Give the casserole a quick wipe with some kitchen towel to ensure no bits are left to catch
Next, place the beef shin chunks in a bowl with the flour, salt and pepper and mix together, so that the meat gets a light and even coating. Return the casserole to the hob over a medium-high heat, add the remaining oil then brown the shin in batches, lifting them onto a plate once done
The bottom of your casserole will probably be crusted with meaty bits and pieces, so deglaze with a good splash of water, using a metal spoon to scrape and lift everything up. Pour the thickened liquid over the beef
Add the chorizo slices into the casserole, stirring as they begin to sizzle and release some of their own oil. After a couple of minutes, place the beef back into the pot, along with the softened vegetables, and mix together
Add the paprika and cumin and stir to coat, then after another 2 minutes add the tomatoes, beef stock, black treacle and ancho chilli. Taste for seasoning
Bring up to a simmer then cover with a lid, leaving it slightly ajar so that steam can escape and that the sauce can slowly thicken
After an hour, empty the tin of chickpeas into the hotpot and cook for another 2 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Throughout cooking, return every now and then to stir.