A rich and tasty dish that is good enough for a dinner party, yet easy enough for an informal supper. Can easily adapt for a slow cooker and the flavours will improve if cooked in advance.

Serves: 6 

INGREDIENTS

  • 900g (2 lb) braising or stewing beef, cubed
  • seasoned flour
  • olive oil
  • 450g (1 lb) shallots
  • 4 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 450g (1 lb) mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 4 rashers of smoked bacon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 beef stock cube

METHOD

  1. Coat the meat in the flour and fry in the oil for approx 5 minutes until brown. Set aside in a large casserole dish.
  2. Fry the shallots in oil for 3-5 minutes, adding the crushed garlic for the last 2 minutes. Add this to the beef along with the mushrooms.
  3. Warm the wine till bubbling and add to the casserole.
  4. Add ketchup, bouquet garni, beef stock cube and bacon to the casserole and mix together.
  5. Cover and put in oven at 170 C / Gas 3 for approximately 2 1/2 hours, remove lid and cook for a further 1/2 hour. Alternately put in slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.