Jamaican pepperpot beef stew
A spicy Jamaican / West Indian meat stew that is often served with dumplings.
This recipe is a very meaty version and I have included a small amount of chopped kidneys for extra flavour.
This recipe is also highly suited for use in a slow cooker - cook on low for about 4 hours.
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 900g stewing steak, cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 400g tinned tomatoes
- 100g fresh button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 teaspoon hot chilli sauce [or to taste]
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 heaped tablespoon soft brown sugar or jaggery
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Stick of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Preheat your oven to 160° C (325° F - gas 3), [fan oven 140° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
- If using a slow cooker set to low.
- Mix the flour, ground ginger, salt and pepper together and mix well - I use a mortar and pestle to break down the sea salt.
- Dredge the steak in the seasoned flour to coat well. A really good way to do this is add the seasoned flour and the meat to a Lock & Lock box, close the lid and shake like mad. As you can see from the picture it does a good job!
- Heat the oil and fry the meat in batches until browned. Add a little more oil if needed.
- Tip everything, including any left over seasoned flour, into a lidded oven-proof casserole dish and mix well.
- Cook for 3.5 hours at 160° C (325° F)
- Remove the bay leaf before serving.
I used 530g 1 pack of stewing beef and 1 440g pack of stewing beef and kidneys, mixed. I also used 6 large cloves of garlic and added a small glass of red wine as, unusually, there was some left over from the night before!
As this was so nice, I made a second batch using steak and kidneys and to make it go further as it is quite rich, I added a can of drained kidney beans and 2 cans of tinned tomatoes. Instead of chili sauce I used 2 small red chillies (de-seeded) and one Indian green chilli including seeds.
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