- 1 Diced Onions
- 4 Sliced Carrots
- 2 Cubed Potatoes
- 800g Beef
- 2 Litres Boiling Water
- 100g Onion Gravy
- 1 Tbsp Rosemary
- Olive Oil
This Albanian Beef and Onion Stew has two names, Tavë me Qepë and Çumlek (normally without any other vegetables) and can be slow cooked. The beef falls apart and the vegetables are soft and tender. I love making this in the slow cooker, with the smell filling the house for the day.
There are lots of other Albanian casseroles and stews to try too, such as Lamb and Yogurt (Tavë me Kosi), Beef and Leek (Tavë me Presh), Rabbit and Onion (Çumlek Lepuri) and also plenty of vegetable casseroles (Gjelle Me Zarzavata being a popular one).
Tip: Once ready try slicing some french bread thinly and creating a layer over the top. Sprinkle with cheese and place in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Prepare the Stew
Place the carrots, potatoes, onion and beef into a large casserole dish or into your slow cooker.
Sprinkle over the gravy granules, add the boiling water and mix together until the granules dissolve.
Season with the salt, pepper and Rosemary and give a final stir.
Place into the oven on a low shelf, 180 degrees for 2 / 3 hours stirring occasionally. Or, turn the slow cooker up to high for 6 / 8 hours stirring occasionally.
This Albanian beef and onion stew is ready when the sauce has thickened similar to gravy and the potatoes crumble when touched.