Product Type: Colman's Sauces / Soups
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Colman's Beef & Ale Sauce Mix
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Colman's Beef & Ale Sauce Mix
Advantages: Very tasty, cheap and simple to make.
Disadvantages: Takes 1 and 1/2 hours to cook.
Having tried various other Colman's sauces (Colmans Chicken Curry being my favourite!) I decided to give the Beef and Ale Casserole sauce a go.
Price and availability:
They were on sale for 79p at my local Sainsbury's and you can find them in all good supermarkets. They often do 3 for 2 offers on the packet sauces too so look out for those.
It is a 45g packet that has a silver foil type lining to ensure maximum freshness of the product.
It is a dry mix, that has a combination of blended thyme, spices and ale.
How to cook:
You will need to buy 450g (1lb) of lean braising steak, one medium sized onion and 115g mushrooms. You cube the beef and slice the onion and mushrooms, placing them in an ovenproof casserole dish. Then seperately mix the sachet with 425ml water, then add this to the dish. Cover and cook for 1 and 1/2 hours.
**note** The first time I cooked this dish, I decided to throw it all in a slow cooker and leave it a couple of hours. It really didn't work! The beef was tough, can't understand why but it didn't have the desired effect. I still ate it though as I was hungry and the sauce still tasted nice!
The sauce has a lovely rich depth to it, the ale flavour isn't overpowering (which I was a little concerned about when I bought it) it's a nice consistency - perhaps if you like a thick gravy add a little less water than it advises, you can always splash a little more in at the end if you need to.
This is such a versatile sauce, you can have it with mashed potato ( add garlic puree, wholegrain mustard or spring onion to the mash for a really tasty meal with a difference) or you can have it with chips, or why not turn it into a pie by adding a pastry top over the casserole dish when there's 1/2 hour cooking time left.
It really is yummy, it's meant to serve four - but we're greedy in my house and we make 2 generous portions instead.
Summary: Lovely rich sauce that makes a meal out of so few ingredients.
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