Meaty Sous Vide Stew

 

Ingredients

  • Your choice of meat – 1 whole lamb breast or 500 grams stewing beef
  • A selection of chopped seasonal vegetables of your choice
  • 3beef or lamb stock cubes (depending on what meat you are using)
  • 3tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Gravy granules (if needed)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Method

  1. Set the water bath to 65˚C for lamb breast or 55˚C for diced stewing beef.
  2. Place the meat items into a pouch and season lightly with the dried Italian seasoning.
  3. Vacuum seal the pouches. Place the pouches in the water bath and set the timer for 24 hours.
  4. Keep checking the water bath to make sure the pouches are immersed under water and are not overlapping.
  5. Once the meat is almost cooked, cook the vegetables to your liking and pop in a large cooking pot.
  6. Once the lamb or beef is cooked, remove from the water bath and open the pouches, saving the juices from the meat.
  7. Place the juice in a jug and add two stock cubes. Add some boiling water at this stage if the sauce is too thick for your liking. If it is too thin, then add another stock cube or some gravy granules.
  8. Cut up the lamb breast or beef and add to the pot with the vegetables.
  9. Pour the gravy over the top and mix in well, heating it through until piping hot.
  10. Serve with a delicious crusty bread roll or creamy mash potatoes.

 

Chill and Save for Later

  1. You can save meat portions for later by using the three stage cooling process.
  2. When reheating beef, heat the water bath to 56˚C and place the pouch in the bath for 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the final steps of the recipe by cooking the vegetables and finishing the stew.
  3. When reheating lamb, heat the water bath to 60˚C and place the pouch in the bath for 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the final steps of the recipe by cooking the vegetables and finishing the stew.

 

Tip

Vegetables can be cooked sous vide in advance and added when required.

 

 

Image:  NYT Cooking – New York Times

Recipe: Clifton at Home