Introduction: Jeffrey “Jeff” Astle (13 May 1942 – 19 January 2002) was an English footballer. He played 361 games for West Bromwich Albion, scoring 174 goals, and was one of the most iconic players in the history of the club. He also won five caps for England, but did not score any goals. The Albion fans nicknamed him “The King”.
He would appear on the TV show “Fantasy Football League” with Skinner and Baddiel where he would sing during the closing credits. Jeff Astle is celebrated on the gates of the Hawthorns.
This recipe is based on a traditional Staffordshire beef lobby, The King of stews.
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins first half then 1 hour in the second half
Home kit: Large casserole dish
Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks
- 450g/1lb stewing or braising steak – fat removed and cut into small chunks
- A handful pearl barley
- 1 onion diced
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 4 potatoes diced
- 1 swede diced (the big orange fleshed ones not the little white ones)
- 4 celery sticks, chopped
- 4 diced carrots
- Beef stock
Method: Preheat the oven to 180oC
Put the meat, onion and pearl barley in the casserole and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently on a very low heat for 40 mins. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking. Meanwhile peel and chop the vegetables to dice of a similar size.
Add the vegetables to the casserole and top up with stock to cover the vegetables. Bung in the oven for approximately 60 mins or until everything is softly cooked and the meat is tender. Season to taste.
Full time results
Serve in big bowls with chunky bread.