This timeless, full flavoured casserole style dish is ideal for both a family meal and stress-free entertaining. It has the reputation (and the looks) for being a lot harder than actually it is. In fact it’s really easy to make…but don’t let on!
15 Minutes prep time. Approx 6 servings. 2 hour cooking time
1½kg chuck or boneless shin/gravy beef
4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
4 sprigs of thyme
1 fresh bay leaf
2 cups red wine
1 cup beef stock
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp olive oil
30 g butter
12 (about 280g) small pickling onions or shallots, peeled
200g button mushrooms, stalks trimmed
250g bacon, rind removed, cut into short strips
1 cup water
- Cut the beef into 2.5-3cm cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the herbs and wine and refrigerate for 2 hours or, if time allows, overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Drain the beef and put aside the remaining marinade and herb mixture. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in a casserole dish. Pour over the reserved marinade and herbs. Add the stock and flour and stir to mix.
- Cover the casserole dish, place in oven. Stir every 40 minutes or so, adding water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered. Cook until the beef is almost tender (about 80 minutes).
- Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a small frypan, add the onions and cook stirring for 10 minutes or until lightly golden (but not soft), remove and set aside. Cook the mushrooms in 2 batches, adding a little more butter if needed, remove and set aside. Add the bacon to the pan, cook until crispy. Add the onions, mushrooms, bacon and water to the beef, stir gently to combine. Cook for a further 20-30 minutes or until the beef is tender.
Hints & Tips:
Cooktop method: Place the browned beef and other ingredients in a heavy-based pot. Partially cover, keep the heat low. Stir occasionally, add water if needed during the cooking time to keep the ingredients just covered. Simmer until the beef is almost tender. Add the browned onions, mushrooms and bacon. Cook for a further 30 minutes or until the beef is very tender.
Recipe reproduced from beefandlamb.com.au with permission from Meat & Livestock Australia.