Day 242..#Beef Casserole

Today, I made a beef casserole for the first time and I don’t know if I like it very much.

It was my first attempt, so I followed the recipe to a “T”. If I make it again, I definitely know the tweaks I’ll make to it.

And that’s a big if..

I’m currently not convinced.

Here are some photographs of the process..

Got my knife, my meat board and my beef..

All 1.148g of “cubed” beef

Adding my vegetables..

Everything diced up..I love potatoes..but they no longer love me..

 

My mother’s hand and what used to be her casserole dish..I added a little bit of sieved cornstarch to thicken it halfway through cooking

The finished product..Questionable as to whether this will be attempted again..

Like I said..I’m not convinced..

I also need to work on my pictorial presentation!

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~ by originalapplejunkie on August 28, 2012.

11 Responses to “Day 242..#Beef Casserole”

  1. i think it looks good!!!! did u try it yet?

  2. Maybe it’ll be even better the second day – these things often are. 🙂

  3. Well it looks good….That said, I hate when I try a new recipe and it doesn’t work the way I thought it would. Seems like such a waste of time. What was the deal with it? Not enough zing? Too much zing?

  4. When you add the cornstarch it won’t burn on the sides if you dissolve it in a cup of milk or hot water first. Stir it good to make sure you break up the cornstarch, and then pour it into the middle of your pot and avoid splashing. If you stir it, making sure to scrape the thickener that will gather from the bottom of the pot, before you know it you will have a nice smooth, thickened stew. If you want more of a creamy gravy use flour with milk in the same way. If you want a clearer creamy gravy use the cornstarch and milk or water.

    • Thanks for the advice
      If I cook it again.. I’ll take that into consideration.. The recipe is in need of some tweaks!

      • You will learn as you get older all those little tricks that make a recipe work. It just takes time and many mentors. People will come into your life who can’t wait to share these little tidbits with the younger generation. Just be open to them and before you know it all the cooking struggles will be nothing. By the way soak the dish in vinegar and it will take the burn stuff off the sides and bottom.

      • I’d turned my head for 5 minutes and my mother had already transferred it’s contents in to another dish and the casserole one was clean! I don’t know how she did it!

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