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Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers in a cast iron pot

Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers

This quick easy Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers take little effort at all to prepare. However the taste is sublime with a rich deep red sauce. Perfect to serve with some crusty bread or potatoes to soak up the little bit of heaven on a plate.

Being a freelancer and working from home I am always under a bit of pressure to create dishes to delight the family when they return. The reason why I hear you ask. I am at home all day doing nothing of course, being a freelancer has its ups and downs. I try to do a recipe or two a week for my own site on Cheap Dinner Ideas but the rest of the time is working on clients sites.

Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers in a cast iron pot

Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers

Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers This quick easy Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers take little effort at all to prepare. However the taste is sublime with a rich deep… Spanish Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers European Print This
Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 766 Calories estimated 32g Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 375 g carrots
  • 1 onion (medium or large)
  • 3 cloves garlic (large)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 800 g beef (stew meat cut into chunks)
  • 250 ml tomatoes (canned, crushed)
  • 500 ml red wine
  • 500 ml water or beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)

Instructions

Chop carrots into small pieces (1/4-inch).

Chop the pepper (any size will do)

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.

Pour a few tablespoons olive oil into a large pot .

While oil is heating, put the flour into a plastic bag add beef, shake  and coat with flour.

Add the flour-coated beef to the cast iron pot  and brown on all sides.(dutch oven)

Remove beef from pot and set aside.

Saute the carrots, onions, pepper and garlic in the same oil (adding a bit more oil if needed so vegetables do not stick). or you can add a splash of wine to release the bits form the side

When onions turn transparent, stir in crushed tomatoes.

Add browned meat back into the pan.

Raise heat to high and add wine, water, and bay leaf.

Bring to a boil, then lower then place in the oven at 180c for around 2 hours

Ideally you want to have the stock reduced and nice and thick so take the lid of the pot half way through cooking so it thickens

Serve with crusty bread or potatoes

Notes

Fats and calories are only estimates form a database of foods.

The Presure of Time

I do enjoy working from home and getting to see the kids as in my previous work life I often did 80 hours a week. However I barely have time to leave the kitchen table as I do need to earn a buck or two. So like every other working person I sometimes need quick recipes to prepare so I can continue to work. Not to even mention the sometimes I need to make something during the day for me to eat. That needs to be super quick like this mackerel,  because if I stop to long then the focus has gone and productivity slows.

Simple Spanish Beef Stew With Peppers

So this is the perfect answer to my prayers on some week days, especially when I have some leftover beef from the Sunday dinner. It doesn’t quite have a mirepoix as there is no celery in this one but the combination of carrots and onions gives good depth to the flavour. I cook this in. my trusted cast iron casserole pot, also know as a dutch oven to some. Its great as you can cook on the hob to cook the veg and then brown the meat. Then place in the oven and forget about it, the other bonus is you can take it out the oven and it will stay hot for ages. Cast iron has a homely everlasting quality, perhaps it reminds me of how my grandma used to cook way back when.

a simple Spanish stew

Spanish Beef Stew

A stew is stew some say, however with adding different ingredients it becomes localised. So ideally you want to be adding Spanish red wine to your dish. (Vino Tinto) Of course the olive oil has to be Spanish and ideally Spanish tomatoes. The herbs I hope you can simply grab them from your garden. No herbs in the garden then you need to read my post on the best herbs for growing and cooking.

This would go great with my crushed Anya potatoes with peas

Get cooking quick with my other classic Spanish Chicken a great recipe to grab out the fridge for a quick filling snack is my Spanish frittata

simple Spanish stew

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cheap slow paprika chicken thighs in a cast iron casserole dish

Cheap Slow Paprika Chicken Thighs Pepper Potatoes

A simple delicious Spanish style chicken thigh recipe costing only pennies per person to produce. Easy to prepare ideally in a flat casserole dish to help crisp up the chicken thigh skin towards the end of the cooking time. This was created on a lazy Saturday afternoon not quite sure what we wanted to eat on our Saturday night in.Indulge in Cheap slow paprika chicken thighs.

Chicken Thighs

 

Chicken thighs are the perfect answer to a cheap dinner idea for a crowd. I picked up five chicken thighs for around £1.80 what value for money especially if your cooking on a budget. They are so versatile, have so much more flavour than a chicken breast because of the fat content. All you need to do is add a few spuds and you have a meal, paired with wonky veg then you have a fantastic budget meal.

 

wonky veg to go with chicken paprika thighs

Wonky Veg

Everyone should be choosing wonky veg, it cuts down on food waste and when its cooked it tastes the same. Unless you are doing five star dining then it does not matter, if you have been trained to that level then still you should be able to present the dish perfectly.

Whilst on my  shopping trip I grab some wonky veg to add to my dish. Firstly I came across some wonky peppers, every shape you could imagine but perfectly firm and crisp. The wonky peppers were mostly red with one yellow pepper and only cost £1.08 for a bag and I only used half.  Wonky onions (about £0.58) and to bulk out the dish wonky potatoes (£1). Morrisons do a great range of Wonky Veg

How To Cook The Chicken Thighs

I used my old trusted cast iron flat casserole dish which I bought from Sainsbury’s whilst on offer. Sainsbury’s often reduce the price of their cook ware so wait patiently as there will be a great offer on. Cast iron cookware last a life time if cared for correctly. The naked cast iron takes a little effort to look after but if you get the enamelled cast iron then it is so much easier.

How Long to Cook Chicken Thighs in Oven

Chicken thighs can be cooked in the oven in as little as twenty to thirty minutes, However they will benefit from a long slow cook in the oven. be careful not to cook them to long especially if you do not have any liquid in the casserole dish as they will become dry. Maximum cooking time should be three hours for chicken thighs. Chicken thighs minimum cooking time 30 minutes, maximum 3 hours.

How to Cook Chicken Thighs

I decided that I wanted my paprika chicken thighs  to be some somewhat crispy when served. As this was a lazy dinner I did not debone them to start with., especially as it was a long slow cook the meat would fall of anyway. Firstly I cooked them in the cast-iron dish with a little olive oil and butter. Seasoned both sides of course, cook until the skin has started to go a light brown colour.

I then added the smoked paprika chopped onions and peppers. Ensure that all the ingredients get covered in the smoked paprika. After cooking for five minutes I then added the potatoes and garlic cook for 2 minutes. Then add  the chicken stock and white vine vinegar. A last moment addition to my Cheap Slow Paprika Chicken Thighs Pepper Potatoes was my ready chopped frozen leek. Place in the oven and leave for 2 hours. Its a simple as that.

cheap slow paprika chicken thighs in a cast iron casserole dish

cheap slow paprika chicken thighs

Cheap Slow Paprika Chicken Thighs Pepper Potatoes A simple delicious Spanish style chicken thigh recipe costing only pennies per person to produce. Easy to prepare ideally in a flat casserole… Spanish Cheap Slow Paprika Chicken Thighs Pepper Potatoes European Print This
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 4.5/5
( 2 voted )

Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • 3 Peppers
  • 8 Cloves ofGarlic
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 5 Chicken Chicken Thighs
  • 1tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Leek chopped
  • 200ml White wine vinegar
  • 20ml White wine vinegar
  • 1 Chicken stock cube
  • 1tsp Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

Place your seasoned chicken thigh's in a hot cast iron casserole dish on the hob with a little olive oil and butter to start browning them. Turn them a few times whilst chopping roughly 5 minutes

Whilst the chicken is browning roughly chop your onion, peppers and leeks (my leeks were pre cut from my freezer)

Roughly chop all the garlic and put the kettle on for the stock cube

Peel the potatoes and chop into chunks

Now add the leeks onions and peppers along with the smoked paprika

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Ensure that all the ingredients are covered in the smoked paprika cook cook for 3 minutes on a medium to high heat

Now add your potatoes, season and stir to coat everything. Now turn all your chicken thighs up so they will crips up during cooking.

cheap slow paprika chicken thighs close up

Now add the stock, white wine vinegar and oregano. Only add the stock so it comes 3/4 way up the chicken thighs.

Place in the oven at 170c for 1 hour with the casserole lid on

After 1 hour remove the casserole lid and return to the oven for a further 1 hour

Serve Wirth bread

Notes

If you prefer your potatoes to have a little more density rather than just falling apart you can either use more waxy potatoes or add the potatoes half way through cooking in the oven.

Slow Roasted Chicken Thighs

The dish was super quick to make and I even made a pigs cheek dish at the same time. First of all I placed the chicken thighs   in the cast-iron flat casserole dish to start to brown. Whilst that was happening I cut my onions and peppers, peeled the potatoes and roughly chopped all the garlic. I must confess that the stock was from a cube so it was a simple task of pressing the on button on the kettle.

The whole dish must have been prepared and in the oven with around ten minutes for a delicious hearty meal. The absolute belter about this chicken pepper paprika dish is the cost, the

  • Potatoes were around 20p
  • Peppers about 40p
  • Garlic 10p
  • Onions 10p
  • Chicken thighs £1.84,
  • Smoked Paprika 5p
  • Leeks 15p
  • White wine Vinegar 10p
  • Chicken stock cube 10p

So for a little over Three pounds this dish would easily feed four people, add some Spanish bread and it would easily feed five people.

Cheap Slow Paprika Chicken Thighs Leftovers

As there were only two of us eating the Spanish inspired dish. (no the kids were not tempted) Thereforethere was plenty leftover shredded cheap slow paprika chicken thighsleftover. What to do with this delicious cheap slow paprika chicken thigh leftovers. I took out the chicken thighs from the stock that was left and shredded all the meat of the bone. I also removed any none crispy bits of the chicken skin. I then removed all of the onions, peppers and potatoes and roughly chopped them into smaller piecesleftover stock from cheap slow paprika chicken thighs

The leftover stock what was left had some small soft chunks of garlic and little pieces onions. These were all very soft so I mashed them with a fork until the sauce/stock was pretty some. You could transfer to a blender if you wished but it was simple enough with a fork as everything was super soft. I am going to make some Empinda’s with the leftover chicken.  The stock will be reduced to intensify the flavours. Perfect as it also makes the original dish even cheaper.

 

Freezing Ingredients Ready For The Pot

I often cut up extra vegetables whilst preparing dishes. I cut up the rest of the sweet peppers whilst preparing the cheap slow paprika chicken thighs. All chopped up and into the freezer they went ready for the next meal. I do the same with carrots chopping them into different sizes for different dishes. Julienne, simple chopped as the kids like them and some chunky bits for roasting. Leeks as they usually come in bags of threes and I only use one I chopped them and stick them in the freezer. Stop food waste cut up the veg you know you won’t use in the week and freeze them.

paprika chicken thigh leftovers

Leftover paprika chicken used for empinada’s

Some more great inspired Spanish dishes .Or Chicken leftover dishes

If you love paprika the you will love this simple Spanish beef stew 

smoked paprika chicken thighs and peppers

Make empanadas with the leftovers

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Sweet Potato Wedges

Nothing could be simpler or satisfying, a sweet potato wedges dunked into a spicy sauce made from mayonnaise and Sriracha. Crispy on the outside soft, warm and moorish on the inside. Great served with a pile of baked beans or just as good alongside your kebab wrap and the kebab shop salad on the side. The sweet potato is so versatile they even make good curries. join me in how to make sweet potato wedges.

spiced sweet potato wedgesHow To Make Sweet Potato Wedges

Never ever pre blanche sweet potato wedges as they turn from firm to mushy in seconds ruining everything. Unlike regular potato wedges. You need to cut the wedges into exactly the same size, well as close as you can without a ruler. I normally cut the spike ends off as these thin little pieces go hard and black when roasted in the oven. After chopping the sweet potato wedges the next step is to coat them in oil. Not only can you just cover them in oil so they roast well you can add flavour at this point to.

How To Make Sweet Potato Wedges The Oil

Ideally vegetable oil and at the very least seasoned with salt and pepper. So a nice large bowl to place your oil  and enough room so the sweet potatoes. Ideally so they can move around and get fully coated oil. Throw in your perfectly cut sweet potato wedges and give them a quick toss. Now its time to start building the flavours. What herbs can I use with my sweet potato wedges you ask. Well if you read my post on types of herbs you will have some lovely thyme growing in your garden now. Grab a bunch of thyme pull the leaves off and throw them in the bowl.

Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges Nothing could be simpler or satisfying, a sweet potato wedges dunked into a spicy sauce made from mayonnaise and Sriracha. Crispy on the outside soft, warm and moorish… Budget Food How To Make Sweet Potato Wedges European Print This
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled (or unpeeled, if you like skin) and cut into wedges
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (c). Line a large baking sheet with your non stick baking sheet
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes (if preferred) and cut off the pointy ends. Slice the sweet potatoes in half (lengthwise), then cut each piece into wedges.
  3. Place the sweet potato wedges in a large bowl, then add in the veg oil, salt, sugar, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Mix well, making sure each wedge is coated with oil and spices.
  4. Arrange the sweet potato wedges in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn up to 240 degrees (c) for 10 minutes, or until they're well browned and crispy. Keep an eye here - it's easy to burn when at this temp.
  5. Serve with your desire 

Notes

Add you own spice mix, you can also just add fresh herbs

You could just stop at that as they taste really good. Another  great combo is rosemary and parmesan, adding some parmesan to the oil mixture. Then a third sprinkled on top towards the end of cooking. If your not lucky enough to have the herbs growing in your garden then a 2 tsp of herbs de Provence will suffice. Most woody herbs would go well with sweet potato wedges. As always when roasting anything throwing in a couple of cloves of garlic is great for flavour.

How To Make Sweet Potato Wedges

How To Make Sweet Potato Wedges The Spices

As the sweet potato is quite a distinctive flavour it can take quite pungent and strong spice mixtures. Again add the spices to the oil at the beginning then a little on the top. Fancy some spicy wedges then try this. 1/2tsp of cumin, 1/2tsp of brown sugar and chilli powder. Then add salt along with a pinch of cayenne pepper. This will leave a nice little tingle on the lips when you have finished. This robust potato will take most spices mixes so don’t be afraid to experiment and try something  different. My favourite spice is in the recipe and its a simple but tasty.

The Wedges And The Roast

The secret of how to make sweet potato wedges crispy is all in the roast. I find I get better results (crispier) if I use a non stick roasting mat. The real secret is to turn up the oven for the last 10 minutes of cooking time.Ensure that the wedges are coated evenly in the oil, not to much as this will make them greasy. Not to little as this can leave them a little to dry.

Sweet Potatoes Origin and Varieties

Can you believe there is over 6,500 variations of the humble sweet potatoes. Thats a staggering amount of spuds. They originated from Central America thousands of years ago. In 1492 Christopher Columbus brought the sweet potato back to Europe. The crop was then introduced into chine in the 16th century then Asia and African around the 17th / 18th century. Surprisingly it wasn’t until 2015 that British farmers started growing our very own crops of sweet potatoes.


sweet potato ship

Try the simple cheap French Boulangere Potatoes, simply place them in the oven and let them bake/roast away whilst you get on with your busy life

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