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Serves  4-6     Hot   Beef  Pork  Vegetables  Soup   Main Course   Gluten Wheat Dairy Free  Eggless  Wales  Britain  British  Europe



   1 tbsp Lard

   2 Onions, roughly chopped

   4 Large Carrots, thickly sliced

   1 small Swede, cubed

   450g/1lb Braising Beef or Neck of Lamb

   1 x 450g/1lb Smoked Bacon Joint, cut into 8 pieces

   12 Black Peppercorns

   1 Clove

   2 Bay Leaves

   4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

   Water or stock to cover

   450g/1lb Potatoes, cut into large cubes

   4 Small Leeks, very thinly sliced for garnish




1. Heat the lard in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole. Add the onions, carrots and swede and brown on all sides.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


2. If using beef, cut into 4 equal pieces. Add the meat to the pan and brown on all sides.


3. Return the vegetables to the pan with the meat and add the bacon and herbs. Cover with water or stock  and bring to the boil.


4. Skim the surface then reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring from time to time and keeping the liquid level topped up.


5. Add the potatoes to the pan and continue to simmer for a further 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.


6. To serve - divide equally between 4 bowls, placing a piece of each meat plus some vegetables and broth.  Garnish with lots of finely chopped raw leeks.  Serve hot.


Very good re-heated. Traditionally the broth was served as a starter with the meat and vegetables served separately as the main course.


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Serve with a green vegetable


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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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