This sumptuous, step-by-step recipe for slow-cooked stew makes a great winter supper.
Serves: 4- 6
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1kg of diced blade of beef, cut into 5cm/2in pieces
14 shallots, peeled
200g smoked streaky bacon, cut into cubes
200g chestnut mushrooms cut into chunks
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp plain flour
1 bottle of red burgundy
300ml beef stock
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley chopped
2 bay leaves
Zest of 1 orange
– Serve with celeriac mash
1. Preheat oven to 150°c, gas mark 2 or 300°f
2. Heat a large, heavy based oven proof casserole pan on a medium heat and add the oil.
3. Season the beef with sea salt and black pepper and fry until golden brown, for about 3 minutes, then turn and fry the other side. Cook the meat in about 3 batches and set aside.
4. In the same pan, add the shallots, bacon, mushrooms, carrots, garlic and chopped thyme leaves and cook until lightly browned. Then stir in the tomato puree and plain flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Add the beef and the beef juices to the pan and mix thoroughly into the shallot mixture pour the wine and stock over, and then add the parsley, bay leaves and orange zest. Put on the casserole lid and cook very gently for 2 ½ hours – 3 hours.
6. Adjust the seasoning and serve with either celeriac mash or potatoes Boulangeres, that is the French accompaniment and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley or sprigs of thyme.
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