Greetings, dear friends!
As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I’m absolutely delighted to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: Hot Pot. But not just any Hot Pot, folks. I’m talking about an incredibly delicious and savory Beef Hot Pot that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
This recipe is a true classic, perfect for anyone who loves hearty beef stews and has a hankering for something special, flavorful, and delicious. Whether you’re cooking for a family gathering, hosting a dinner party, or simply craving some comfort food on a cold day, this Beef Hot Pot recipe is sure to hit the spot.
It’s an easy-to-follow recipe that takes just over two hours to prepare from start to finish. And let me tell you, the aroma that fills your kitchen as the Hot Pot simmers away on the stove is simply mouth-watering.
So why not gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and let’s dive into this wonderful dish together. Come experience the flavors of Vietnam and Asia with me as we savor every bite of this exquisite meal.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Listen up folks, I’m here to tell you all about the Beef Hot Pot recipe, and trust me, you’re going to love it. This is not your average beef stew recipe, no sir!! This recipe takes things up a notch by combining succulent pieces of tender beef with a medley of onions, carrots, and potatoes, giving off an aroma so powerful that it’s sure to make your mouth water. And don’t even get me started on the beef broth; it’s loaded with flavor from the Worcestershire sauce and bay leaf.
Now let’s talk about taste. The Beef Hot Pot recipe has it all – the flavor of the beef is unbeatable and pairs exceptionally well with the hearty vegetables in this dish. I promise you’ll be able to taste each ingredient individually, while also enjoying how they mesh together so perfectly. The broth adds an extra punch of boldness, giving each spoonful a satisfying depth.
But wait, there’s more! This hot pot recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to your preferences. You can choose to make this on the stove-top or in a slow-cooker or pressure cooker for quicker results – we’ve got options! Feeling spicy? Add a touch of red wine or some tomato for that extra kick. Want something traditional? Pair your Beef Hot Pot with rice for an authentic taste.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a meal that will leave you completely satisfied and wanting seconds (and maybe even thirds), then this Beef Hot Pot recipe is the way to go. It’s hearty, healthy (if made with keto-approved ingredients) and packed full of flavor that will invoke memories of home cooked meals no matter where in the world your palette takes you.
Ingredients for the Beef Hot Pot Recipe
Here are the ingredients you will be needing to make this delicious beef hot pot:
- 2lbs of beef, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons of plain flour
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 1kg of potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 1L of beef stock
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, divided
You can easily find all these ingredients at your local grocery store. Also, feel free to adjust the amount of each ingredient according to your taste preferences. Now that we have our ingredients, let’s move on to the recipe how-to.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have all our ingredients ready, it’s time to make the Beef Hot Pot. Get ready for a magical journey of flavors and textures with every bite!
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).
Step 2: Cook the Beef
In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil. Once heated, add the beef in batches and cook until browned on all sides. Don’t crowd the pan, or you’ll end up steaming the meat rather than browning it beautifully. Set aside.
Step 3: Saute the Vegetables
In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil. Add two sliced onions and thinly sliced garlic cloves to the skillet and sauté for around 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Add sliced carrots and diced potatoes, season with a pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper, then cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Step 4: Make the Sauce
Add a tablespoon of plain flour to vegetables and stir well to combine. Then slowly pour in one cup of beef broth to create a sauce. Add one bay leaf and one tablespoon Worcestershire sauce to round out those flavors.
Step 5: Combine Everything Together
Add the cooked beef back into the skillet with the vegetables and herb-sauce mixture. Gently stir everything together until well-mixed.
Step 6: Bake in the Oven
Transfer everything from the skillet to an oven-safe pot (a Dutch oven works great for this), adding enough additional beef broth to cover everything completely but not submerge it.
Step 7: Slow Cooking Time
Cover with a lid or aluminum foil then slow-cook in an oven preheated at 325°F (160°C) for at least two (2) hours or until the meat is tender and falling apart.
Step 8: Final Touches
When ready, remove from the oven and let it cool for a while. Add sliced green onions as a garnish for an extra punch of freshness and texture.
Now that you know the secrets to cooking a delicious Beef Hot Pot recipe, give it a try and enjoy a hearty meal with your family or friends. Bon Appétit!
Substitutions and Variations
Well now, if you’re looking for ways to change up this beef hot pot recipe, you’re certainly in luck. One of the joys of cooking is experimenting and making a dish your own. And let me tell ya, there are plenty of ways to mix things up with this recipe while still keeping it hearty, beefy, and satisfying.
First up, let’s talk meat. The recipe calls for 2 lbs of trimmed beef cut into bite-size chunks. Now, any type of tender beef will work here – sirloin, chuck roast, even wagyu beef if you’re feeling fancy. But if you’re looking to switch things up entirely, why not try using minced beef or ground lamb instead? Just remember that these meats cook faster than whole chunks of beef, so adjust your cooking time accordingly.
As for the veggies, feel free to swap in whatever you have on hand or whatever suits your tastes. Don’t have carrots? Try parsnips or sweet potatoes. Hate onions? Skip ’em altogether or use leeks instead. And if you’re feeling truly daring, why not throw in some sliced mushrooms or diced bell peppers?
Now let’s talk about the cooking method. This recipe calls for a stove-top simmer in a Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot), but you could easily adapt it for a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Just adjust the cooking times accordingly and be sure to account for any liquid evaporation that may occur.
In terms of seasonings and spice level, there’s plenty of room to play around here too. Love spicy food? Add a dash of cayenne pepper or some chopped jalapenos. Prefer something milder? Leave out the black pepper entirely and opt for a sweeter tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes.
And finally, when it comes to serving and pairing your beef hot pot, there are endless options as well. Some traditional accompaniments include rice or mashed potatoes, but you could also try serving it over samp or with a side of crusty bread. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not pair it with a glass of hearty red wine from South Africa or serve it alongside some traditional Japanese or Moroccan sides?
The bottom line? This beef hot pot recipe is versatile and adaptable to suit your tastes and cooking preferences. Don’t be afraid to explore new ingredients, spices, and cooking methods – that’s what makes cooking so much fun!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving beef hot pot, there are many options to choose from. Traditionally, hot pot is served family style, with everyone gathered around the table sharing the dish. You can serve it with a side of rice, mashed potatoes or bread on the side to soak up all the delicious broth.
To pair with this savory beef hotpot, I recommend a full-bodied red wine like a South African Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. If you want to enjoy a hearty meal without alcohol, there are plenty of non-alcoholic options such as red grape juice, spicy tomato juice or even coconut water – all quite popular with a beef stew type dishes.
For those looking for a more authentic Asian experience, I suggest pairing this beef hot pot with some Japanese sukiyaki or Hawaiian-style rice. The vegetables in the beef hot pot also make it a great pairing with dishes like Moroccan couscous or Indian samosas.
If you want to keep things simple and classic, you can also opt for side dishes like green salad or coleslaw that will complement the flavors of the hot pot – after all simplicity is at times just as good an option than complexity!
No matter how you want to serve it and what you choose to pair it with, one thing’s for sure; this dish is an experience in itself and each time different depending on how it’s prepared and serve which makes it both exciting and comforting at the same time.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Now that you’ve made this delicious Beef Hot Pot recipe, you might be wondering if you can make it ahead of time or store the leftovers for another day. The good news is that you can definitely do both! Here are some tips for making ahead, storing, and reheating your beef hot pot.
If you’re planning to make this dish ahead of time, I recommend preparing it up until the end of step 5 (adding the sliced potatoes). Once you’ve reached this point, transfer the hot pot mixture into a large baking dish and let it cool. From there, cover the dish tightly with cling wrap and foil before storing it in the fridge. You can easily keep this dish in the fridge for up to 2 days before finishing it off in a hot oven.
To properly store any leftovers from your beef hot pot, transfer it into an airtight container and place it in the fridge as soon as possible. This recipe will keep well for up to 4 days when stored properly.
The easiest and most effective way to reheat your beef hot pot is in a preheated oven. Simply place the desired amount of beef hot pot into an oven-safe casserole or baking dish and warm at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until heated through. If you prefer to reheat on the stovetop, transfer the beef hotpot to a saucepan over medium heat, stir often, and heat until steaming.
One important thing to remember when reheating this recipe is that it may thicken up due to the starch from the potatoes. If this happens, simply add some extra beef stock or water to thin it out before reheating.
With these tips and tricks under your belt, you should be able to prepare, store and reheat your Beef Hot Pot like a pro. So don’t hesitate to make this recipe ahead of time or enjoy it as leftovers – your future self will thank you for the hearty and delicious meal!
Tips for Perfect Results
When it comes to making the perfect beef hot pot, there are a few tips and tricks that are worth noting to ensure that your dish turns out perfectly every time. Here are some of my recommended tips for creating the best beef hot pot.
1. Use the right cut of meat
For a tender and succulent hot pot, opt for a trimmed cut of beef such as chuck or stew meat. These cuts are perfect for slow cooking, which will help to break down the fibers in the meat and make it extremely tender.
2. Brown the beef before adding to the pot
To get a deep, rich flavor in your hot pot, be sure to brown your beef first in a hot pan with some olive oil. This will enhance the flavor of the beef and create a nice color on the outside.
3. Don’t overcrowd the pot
When adding all your ingredients into the pot, be sure not to overcrowd it as this can lead to uneven cooking and tougher meat.
4. Season properly
Be sure to season your beef hot pot with enough salt and fresh ground black pepper for flavor, and add just enough Worcestershire sauce to enhance the taste without overpowering it.
5. Use beef stock for added richness
Using beef stock instead of water is highly recommended as it adds an extra depth of flavor and richness to the overall dish.
6. Cook low and slow
One of the most important aspects for achieving perfect results in a beef hot pot is allowing it time to cook slowly over low heat. This will allow all of the flavors to meld together perfectly and create a thick, hearty beef stew-like consistency.
By following these simple tips, you can create a delicious and flavorful beef hot pot that is sure to impress your dinner guests or family members.
Now that you have the recipe, all that’s left is for you to try it out! Whether you’re in the mood for something quick and easy or something more traditional and hearty, this beef hot pot recipe has got you covered. With its tender cuts of beef, flavorful broth, and variety of vegetables, this dish will surely satisfy your taste buds.
So, what are you waiting for? Gather up all the ingredients and try out the recipe yourself! And, if you want to get creative and switch up some of the ingredients or add your own twist to the dish, go ahead and do it – this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate a variety of substitutions and variations.
In conclusion, this beef hot pot recipe is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make meal. With its robust flavor profile and satisfying texture, this dish is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So don’t hesitate – try it out today and experience the magic of a hot pot beef dinner like never before!
Beef Hot Pot Recipe
- 500 g rump beef, cut into 25mm chunks and seasoned
- 2 lambs kidneys, sliced, fat removed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 12 g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 250 ml beef stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 450 g potatoes, scrubbed and sliced (5mm)
- fresh ground black pepper
- Heat a little butter in a non-stick frying pan or wok and brown the beef in batches. Remove and keep aside. Similarly brown the kidneys, remove and keep with the beef.
- Fry the onion, garlic and carrot in the pan with a little more butter until the onion is golden. Sprinkle over the flour, stir and allow to cook for a few minutes then shake over the Worcestershire sauce. Pour in the stock, and bring to the boil. Stir in the beef and kidney and the bay leaf, then turn off the heat.
- Preheat the oven to around 180 deg C.
- Place all the cooked ingredients into a casserole, cover, and cook in the oven for around 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the meat, a little like roofing tiles. Brush a little more butter over the potatoes and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Re-cover and return to the oven for about 1 hour or until the potatoes are cooked.
- Remove the lid, brush the potatoes with a little more butter and finish under the grill until the potatoes are brown and crispy.
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