beef hotpot (Slimming World friendly)...

This cold Autumnal weather I love to make real comfort food and make the most of my slow cooker too. This recipe is great as you throw almost all the ingredients apart from the topping in the slow cooker and let it get on with it. I just used carrots and onions this time with the beef but you can use root vegetables like swede and parnsip in it too if you like them and I serve it with peas and cabbage so you get your 1/3 superfree if on the slimming world extra easy plan . Its a good one to cook on low in the slow cooker while at work then when you come in just have to put the topping on and put in the oven.
Beef Hotpot
1 lb lean braising steak (cubed)
1 large onion (chopped) 
2-3 large carrots (sliced)
1/2 pint beef stock
1 tsp dried or fresh thyme
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
some dried potato powder (like smash)
2 large potatoes (sliced very thinly) 
spray oil

Put the steak, onions, carrots, stock, thyme and salt and pepper in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours until steak is tender. Thicken the gravy with a little dried potato (syn free so an easy way to thicken a gravy without extra syns) Taste for seasoning.

Put the beef mixture into a casserole dish and top with overlapping slices of the potato then spray lightly with oil sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and place in the oven at gas 5/375/190 for about an hour until potatoes are cooked and browned on the top. Its a good idea to place the dish on a baking sheet you can see from the pic the gravy sometimes bubbles up over the top of the dish during cooking and will save your oven :  )

Serve with extra vegetables and is syn free on extra easy ...enjoy x


  1. Hi

    I like the way the potatoes are sliced (and arranged).
    What did you use to slice the,?


  2. I have a cheapy mandoline slicer but if you use it make sure you use the finger guard! You could use a knife too but the slices can be a little thick but you can always cook it a bit longer if they are : )

  3. How much potato powder do you use to thicken this?

  4. Not very much start with a small amount (about a tablespoon ) and mix and wait till it thickens and add more if you need too.

  5. Having this tonight fingers crossed it looks as good as yours lol

  6. I just found this recipe and am going to give it a go tonight.......Just to say that instant mash is now unfortunately synned,think its about 4 per 100g but as it is such a little ammount I wouldnt think it would be many anyhow, but you might want to count it as 1or 2 syns


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