This slow-cooking beef casserole is a classic dish that’s a winner for impressing special someones and at dinner parties.
Skill level: Easy peasy
- 250g(8oz) lean braising steak, cubed
- 1tbsp seasoned flour
- 1tbsp olive oil
- Half a medium onion, peeled and finely sliced
- 1tbsp brandy
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- Bouquet garni, or a bay leaf and a few thyme sprigs
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 250ml (8fl oz) full-bodied red wine
- 2 rashers streaky bacon, diced
- 2 shallots, peeled and halved
- 100g (3½oz) small chestnut mushrooms, sliced
- 6 cooked baby beetroot
- Potato Dauphinoise, and Bean and Broccoli Tango (see below for recipes)
- Set the oven to gas mark 3 or 160°C. Toss meat in seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a frying pan, or a flameproof casserole dish, and brown the meat with the onion, stirring occasionally. Pour the brandy over and set alight.
- Add the garlic, seasoning and herbs and pour in the wine. Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 1½-2 hrs.
- While the casserole is cooking, prepare the potato Dauphinoise. Arrange 250g (8oz) potatoes, peeled and cut into thin slices, in a shallow, buttered dish with half a finely sliced onion, a few thyme leaves, and season. Pour over 200ml (7fl oz) warmed milk and dot the top with butter and grated nutmeg. Cover with buttered foil. Bake for 1½-2 hrs with the casserole. Sprinkle with thyme leaves before serving.
- Meanwhile, dry-fry bacon with shallots, and cook until golden. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Stir into the casserole with the beetroot and cook for another 30 mins. Take out herbs before serving. Serve with Potato Dauphinoise, beans and broccoli.
- 5 For the Bean and Broccoli Tango, cook 60g (2oz) each of green beans and tenderstem broccoli florets, until just tender. Drain well. Melt a knob of butter in a pan and add a little freshly grated root ginger and a little lemon zest. Cook for half a minute, then stir in the greens.
Nutritional values are for maximum number of servings
Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: David Jordan. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.