The US is already confused because they would call this Ground Beef and Onions but, here in the UK, it is called Minced Beef and Onions. It was a staple dish that my mother would frequently serve at lunchtime when us kids were off school. Back in those days, the main meal of the day for the kids was eaten around midday with a lighter meal in the evening.
My approach differs a little from how my Mother(RIP) would cook it because I add in some things that were not common in the time around 1970. It is still the same basic Minced Beef and Onions that she would serve to us kids on a regular basis though.
- 500g/1lb Minced(Ground) Beef
- 2 medium size onions
- 1 Tbsp Plain/All-Purpose Flour
- 1 large Carrot
- 2 large cloves Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 500ml/20 fl oz Beef Stock
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- Grated Black Pepper
- Set the oven to heat to 180°C,350°F/Gas Mark 4
- Peel and coarsely chop the Onions
- Skin then either crush or chop the garlic
- Scrape and chop the carrots.
- Heat the oil over a medium heat until a piece of onion dropped in gives a slight sizzle.
- Add the Onion, Garlic and Carrot to the now hot oil. Stir well as they cook. Keep them on the heat like this for around 2 minutes.
- Next add the Minced Beef to the pan and break it down. Your choice here because some like fairly large chunks while others like it broken up more. Stir well until it is beginning to brown.
- Once the meat begins to brown then add in the Soy Sauce.and stir to mix it in well. It adds a salty flavour to the finished result.
- Once the soy sauce is absorbed then spoon in the flour and stir well. Allow to cook for another minute.
- Pour in the Beef Stock and mix well. Gently bring to the boil then turn off the heat.
- Pour into an ovenproof dish then cover and place in the pre-heated oven. Cook for 45-60 minutes.
- Serve with Mashed Potatoes and a green vegetable.
Something fairly basic perhaps yet it can be used for many other things too. Add some tomato paste, some herbs and some pasta then top with some cheese before popping it in the oven for an Italian style dish. A teaspoon or two of Paprika and some Potato for something approaching a Hungarian Goulash. Add some Curry powder then serve with steamed rice to eat in the Indian style. Master this basic one and the possibilities to experiment are endless.