Lazy Cooking – Pork Stew Casserole

On Sunday, I had planned on cooking up a batch of stew but I was overwhelmed with a bad migraine that is still lingering. It is difficult to do much of anything with a migraine as you know. I had taken out some pork stewing cubes but they’ve been sitting in my fridge since Saturday night.

So, I had to whip something up tonight. I used my basic casserole recipe and winged it. This recipe is easy to make and is not very expensive. Instead of pork, you could use chicken, beef or even seafood like crabmeat or imitation lobster.

Update: Oh my god. This was delicious and hit the spot for this cold dark winter’s night.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package of stewing cubes – about 1 kg
  • 2 cups of carrots chopped into large chunks
  • 2 cups of celery sliced and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of mini potatoes sliced in halves
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of broth (beef or vegetable) or stock
  • 1 can of cream of broccoli or mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic – or you can use fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt, black pepper, basil and one bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a large casserole dish or Dutch oven would work.
  • Heat a skillet or frying pan on medium heat until it’s very hot. Add in the oil.
  • Add in the meat chunks and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until most of the pink is gone from the middle. You can add some seasoning here.
  • Move the meat chunks temporarily into another bowl.
  • Using the same skillet heat up the onions. Cook until tender. Add in the vegetables and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add in the bay leaf to absorb some of the flavour.
  • Add in the meat and mix well. Season to your desire.
  • Add in the broth, cream and soup. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer the mixture into your casserole dish. Top off with breadcrumbs and a bay leaf – see picture below. Doesn’t it look yummy?
  • Cook in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Cooking times may vary depending on your oven

This casserole or stew? I’m not sure – is easy to make and will feed up to two people. You could double the recipe to serve a family of four. Or if you’re like me – you’ll have leftovers for a few days. I can’t wait to try this and see how it tastes. It smells delicious.

If the soup mixture seems to runny – you can add some corn starch or flour to thicken it up.

I’ll update this when it’s done — my mouth is watering. Check out the links below for similar recipes.

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