Apple balsamic pulled beef

This is another easy recipe for the slow cooker using a economical cut of beef, its really delicious and my kids loved it too! I served it on a warm sunny day with wraps and a honey mustard broccoli salad but it would be great in winter with mash or cous cous to soak up the sauce. It would work fine with stewed apple too so another great way to use some of the frozen stewed apples you might store for winter.

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 small apples
2 bay leaf
2 big sprigs rosemary
2 large sprigs thyme
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 cup veg/beef stock
1 cup white wine
800 grams oyster blade steak
1-2 Tablespoons cornflour (optional)

Brown the steak in a hot pan, finely chop onion, garlic, herbs and apple and put them in the slow cooker with all other ingredients and cook on low for about 6 hours until the meat is falling apart. Depending on what you are serving it with you may like to thicken it up with a little cornflour mixed with water and then mixed in with the sauce, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. I thickened it when I served it in wraps with a honey mustard broccoli salad and a soft goats cheese but I probably wouldn’t bother thickening it if I was serving it with mash, cous cous or polenta that would soak up the sauce. DPP_440

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Honey and mustard slow cooked beef with Thyme polenta

I used oyster blade but you could use any of the stewing cuts of beef.

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800 grams beef
1 tablespoon flour
2 cloves garlic
3 large carrots
1 stick celery
1 leek
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
bay leaf
6 big sprigs thyme
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
400 grams crushed tomatoes
400 grams beef stock salt and pepper

Roll the beef in the flour and brown in a hot pan in a little oil. I used oyster blade so keep it as the whole thick cut steak to go in the slow cooker but you could also cut it into a chunky dice before rolling in the flour and browning it. Put the beef in a slow cooker with the crushed garlic, peeled and chunky chopped onion and carrot, chopped celery and leek and all the other ingredients give it a good mix and cook on low for about 6 hours or until falling apart. Serve with vegies and mashed potato, cous cous or polenta

Thyme polenta

2 cloves garlic ½ brown onion dash olive oil 500 ml milk 100 grams polenta 10 large sprigs thyme 40 grams parmesan salt and pepper

Crush the garlic and finely chop the onion and sauté in the olive oil in a heavy based pot, add milk and bring back to a simmer while continually stirring add the thyme and polenta and stir for about 15-20 minutes until the polenta is cooked and thick add cheese and season

In the thermomix: The thermomix is excellent for cooking polenta! so easy no standing and stirring! chop the peeled garlic speed 5/ 5 seconds, add onion and chop speed 5/ 5 seconds add a dash of olive oil and sauté 2 minutes/ speed 1/100 C. add milk and chopped thyme and cook 100C/ speed 2/ 4 minutes. Add polenta and cook 100C/speed 1/15 minutes. When it’s cooked it should not feel grainy (it might need to cook a little longer) add grated cheese and season with salt and pepper

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!