This Irish Bunny Chow is a deliciously hearty crockpot or slow cooker dinner.
No bunnies were harmed in the making of this dinner!
I was unsure whether to share this one with you as it’s not the prettiest meal I’ve ever cooked up. But it just tastes so gooood!
If you’ve never heard of Bunny chow, it’s actually a South-African fast food consisting of half a loaf of bread filled with meat (again not rabbit) or vegetarian curry. One of my office buddies (hey Shaun!) told me about it a couple of years ago (I no longer work in an office now).
I loved the idea, but couldn't get my head around serving curry with a good ole' English loaf of bread, so I decided to fill it with a hearty beef and Guinness stew instead.
It went down a storm (some very dedicated meat and bread lovers in my house), but then for some reason I haven't gotten around to making it again until recently.
You may have read in a couple of my previous posts that I'm trying to lose a few pounds at the moment, so I had mine served in a mini wholemeal bread roll - with extra filling on the side. I do admit to looking jealously at everyone else stuffing themselves with mouthfuls of stew-soaked bread, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it (whilst promising myself that next time I was going to have mine in the biggest bread cob I could get my hands on!).
It's pretty similar to the Beef and Guinness Stew with Crispy Onions that I make, but I serve that version with mashed potato and veg - whereas I put potato and carrots in this version.
It's thick and filling, and the perfect thing for a rainy start-of-Autumn evening.
The Irish Bunny Chow Recipe:
Irish Bunny Chow
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1.25 kg braising/stewing beef - chopped into bite-size chunks
- 2 tbsp plain all-purpose flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 large onions
- 5 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed
- 500 ml Guinness
- 400 ml beef stock - (water plus 2 stock cubes is fine)
- 2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp crushed black pepper
- 4 medium potatoes, - peeled and chopped into chunks
- 3 large carrots - peeled and chopped into chunks
- 6-8 medium sized bread cobs/boules - approx 200g/7oz each if you can find them
- Small handful of flat-leaf parsley
- Pre-heat the slow cooker to high
- Heat the oil in a large pan. Dust the chunks of beef in the flour and fry the beef for 7-8 minutes until golden brown all over (you can do this in two batches if your pan isn't big enough). Add the onions and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Add in the Guinness, stock, tomato puree, bay leaves, salt, pepper, potatoes and carrots. Bring to a gentle boil then transfer to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours (alternatively you could put a lid on the pan and cook in the oven for 3 hours at 160c/325f).
- Test for seasoning and add a little more salt and pepper if required.
- Cut the lids off 6 bread cobs/boules. Use your hands to hollow most of the bread from the inside. Make sure you don’t make any holes that the stew would leak out of
- Spoon the stew out into the bread cobs (being careful not to break up the potato as it will be very tender by now), top with a few leaves of parsley and serve with the lid of the bread cob.
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