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Carne Mechada con Zanahorias    HT   MC   Spanish   90mins


Serves 4    Hot   Beef   Pulses  Herbs  Vegetables  Main Course  Gluten Wheat free Eggless  Spain Europe



For the Beef

1.3kg/3lb Topside

2 Carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthways

9 Garlic Cloves, peeled sliced in half lengthwise

2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

175g/6oz Onion, chopped 

350g/12oz Tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp freshly chopped Oregano, 

1 tbsp freshly chopped Rosemary

1 tbsp freshly chopped Parsley

480ml/16fl.oz. Fresh Beef Stock

1 Garlic Clove, crushed

For the Beans

175g/6oz cooked Sweetcorn Kernels

1 tbsp Freshly Chopped Basil

50g/2oz Butter

1 Onion, chopped

175g/6oz Pumpkin or Squash, peeled and cubed (12.5mm/1/2 inch)

100g/4oz Tomatoes, chopped

175g/6oz cooked White Beans (navy)

Salt and Black Pepper




1. For the Beef -  Using a thin  knife, poke 5 holes lengthwise into each end of the beef. Fill 2 of the holes in one end with the carrots lengths and the other 3 holes on on the same side with the sliced garlic cloves.  Repeat with the holes on the other side. Season with Salt and Pepper


2. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole until hot, add the meat and sear for about 2 minutes on each side. 


3. Add the  onions, remaining crushed garlic, chopped tomatoes together with their juices, herbs, and stock. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer 70 minutes.


4. For the Beans - 30 minutes before the end of the meat cooking time, place the sweetcorn and basil in a food processor or blender and process until pureed. 


5. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the  onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin or squash and cook for  a further 2 minutes, stirring. 


6. Add the chopped tomato, white beans,  pureed corn and basil, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. 


7.  To serve - Remove the meat from the casserole and slice it into 6.25mm/1/4-inch-thick slices. Place 2 slices of meat and some of the beans on individual plates then pour some of the sauce from the casserole onto the meat. Serve immediately.




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Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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