Beef in beer casserole

Beef in beer casserole


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About this recipe: Beef provides plenty of iron and minerals. It makes a mouth-watering casserole when cooked with beer and hearty winter vegetables.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 500 g lean beef stewing steak, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2, 1/2 cups (600 ml) good-quality beer
  • 3–4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 juniper berries, crushed
  • 2 good pinches of allspice
  • 200 g baby shallots or small pickling onions, peeled
  • 275 g baby carrots, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 275 g baby parsnips or baby turnips, scrubbed and trimmed, or mature ones, scrubbed and cubed
  • 1 French bread stick

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr45min  ›  Ready in:2hr15min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Toss the pieces of steak in the oatmeal to lightly coat, then shake to remove any excess.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy flameproof casserole dish and briefly cook the beef until lightly coloured. Transfer to a plate. Add the chopped onions to the casserole dish and cook gently over a low heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until softened and golden.
  3. Add the beer, thyme, juniper berries and allspice plus a little seasoning to taste, and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the shallots or onions, whole baby carrots, parsnips or turnips, and the beef and any meat juices. When the liquid comes to the boil, cover the casserole dish and put into the oven. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1½ hours until the meat is really tender.
  5. Towards the end of the cooking time, cut the bread stick into slices about 2.5 cm thick and lay on a baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes until they are lightly brown and crisp. Arrange the toasted bread on top of the meat and vegetables and cook, uncovered, for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot, straight from the casserole dish.

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