Braised beef, anchovy salsa and polenta

Braised beef, anchovy salsa and polenta
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min

Turn leftover beef stew into a quick, Italian-style dinner with this comforting combination of tender beef, zingy anchovy salsa and cheesy polenta.

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Nutrition: per serving

Calories
995kcals
Fat
46.7g (18.3g saturated)
Protein
65g
Carbohydrates
65.3g (22g sugars)
Fibre
7.9g
Salt
2.6g
Calories
995kcals
Fat
46.7g (18.3g saturated)
Protein
65g
Carbohydrates
65.3g (22g sugars)
Fibre
7.9g
Salt
2.6g

Ingredients

  • half a batch of this beef and vegetable stew
  • a handful of fresh flatleaf parsley
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 30g butter
  • 100g instant polenta
  • 30g grated parmesan

Method

  1. In a small food processor, whizz the parsley and basil, garlic, anchovy fillets, red wine vinegar, salt and olive oil. (This makes more than you need; keep the leftovers covered in the fridge.)
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the milk and butter until it comes to a simmer.
  3. Put instant polenta in another saucepan and, stirring constantly, pour in the hot milk mixture. Turn the heat to low and keep stirring until the polenta thickens and comes to the boil.
  4. Add the grated parmesan and plenty of salt and pepper. Leave to bubble for 5 minutes. Warm through the leftover braised beef and serve with the polenta and salsa.

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