I used to love the Beef Cobbler my mum made when we were younger, it was the ultimate in comfort food and its one of my earliest food memories. When Simply Beef & Lamb asked me to join in their live peasant challenge to make an easy one pot dish I knew I would try to create my own take on it. My mum used to use beef mince but I have instead used beef pieces instead. Whilst this may not be the most traditional version it worked out perfectly and we all loved it. Adding fresh rosemary to the scones gave them a wonderfully herby flavour.
When buying beef or lamb look out for a quality mark like the Red Tractor logo which guarantees the meat you are buying is farm assured. Using casserole beef pieces in a slow cooked dish means you get gorgeously tender meat at an affordable price. This is also the kind of dish you could make early in the morning ready to eat to eat in the evening or even the next day – the flavour only improves with time.
You can find out more about the Live Peasant challenge here but here is a little info:
Red Tractor Beef & Lamb has launched a campaign to celebrate the peasant food trend, and inspire families to rediscover traditional cooking techniques, from around the world that are simple, warming and hearty.
With the launch of the #LivePeasant challenge, we want families to reclaim traditional cooking and let the oven or slow cooker do all the work. Using inexpensive cuts of beef and lamb, which are perfect for slow-cooking, dishes can be prepared in advance and left to cook so that delicious, melt-in-the-mouth home-cooked meals are ready and waiting when you are. So take a little time to discover the peasant food trend and enjoy the benefits of a meal with less haste more taste!
Without further ado here is my Beef Cobbler recipe:
Beef Cobbler With Rosemary & Cheese Scones
450g diced casserole beef – please use red tractor approved meat
1 large leek, washed and thinly sliced
1 long stick of celery, sliced
1 onion diced
2 carrots sliced
1 sweet potato cut into 1 inch chunks
300ml red wine
400 ml beef stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp cornflour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp seasalt
3 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 bay leaf
For the scones:
175 g Self Raising Flour ( plus extra to dust your surface )
25 g butter
75g mature cheddar, finely grated
1 large egg
1tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Good pinch ofsalt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 180c. Prepare your vegetables.
Mix your flour, salt and pepper in a bowl, toss your beef in the mixture.
Now add 2tbsp of your oil in a casserole dish ( which is suitable for both hob and oven cooking ) then brown your meat on all sides. Remove and set aside. Now add your remaining oil and sauté your vegetables until softened – add your tomato puree. Pour in your wine and stock, stir well.
Add your bay leaf and place a lid on top and oven cook for 1.5 hours.
In the meantime make the scone mixture. Mix your flour with the salt, pepper and rosemary then rub in your butter, add your egg(reserve a small amount to glaze), cheese and milk and mix to a dough.
Place your dough on a floured surface and flatten into a circle. Using a small round cutter, cut out 8 rounds.
Remove your dish from the oven and place your scone rounds on top,glaze with egg and return to the oven without the lid. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the scones are golden brown. Add a few sprigs of rosemary to garnish.
Tip: take it up a notch by brushing the scones lightly with melted butter when you remove from oven – adds an indulgent taste.
Serve alone or with fresh bread or a mound of mash and some greens.
What are your favourite one pot dishes?
* This recipe was created as part of a campaign with simply beef and lamb – I was compensated for my time and the ingredients.