Beef Stew Topped With Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • one hour and 20 minutes
  • 4 servings

Just when you thought you’ve tried it all, we give you this! Cheesy meets meaty in this stew. The Cheddar-packed mashed potato balls, together with grated mozzarella, pair wonderfully with the tender beef. Feel satisfied with this warming and hearty meal.

Ingredients Needed for Beef Stew Topped With Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

    2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    1 pound beef for stew, cubed
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 onion, diced
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    ½ cup red wine
    4 bay leaves
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    2 tablespoons of water
    2 tablespoons of tomato paste
    3.5 ounces of cheddar, cubed (some 8 cubes)
    1 cup low moisture mozzarella, grated
    fresh parsley, chopped (optionally, for garnishing)

    For the mashed potatoes:

    2 medium potatoes
    1 tablespoon butter
    2 tablespoons of hot milk

How to Make Beef Stew Topped With Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the beef cubes. Cook and stir until it starts browning, or for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the butter and onion. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes, then simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the red wine and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the bay leaves and stir once.
  5. Add the cornstarch and water to a smaller bowl and mix using a teaspoon. Add this mixture to the skillet and stir once. Add the tomato paste and stir until even.
  6. Remove the skillet from heat. Transfer the beef mixture to a 10 x 2 inch (25 x 5 cm) round baking dish (or something equivalent) and evenly spread it.
  7. For the mashed potatoes:

    Peel and cube the potatoes, transfer them to a cooking pot, and cover them with salted water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and gently boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Drain them and return them to the pot. Cook them for 1-2 minutes over very low heat to let any moisture evaporate. Add the butter and milk and mash the potatoes until smooth and even.

  8. Wrap each Cheddar cube with some mashed potatoes and form them into balls. We’ve made 8 of them.
  9. Place the balls in the baking dish. Spread the grated mozzarella between them. Bake for 30 minutes at 400⁰F/200⁰C.

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