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Introduction

A simple, slow cook recipe that promises meltingly tender beef - the perfect wholesome dish to keep your family warm this Winter.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 135ºC for fan assisted ovens
  2. Next, choose a suitable sized oven proof casserole with a tight fitting lid
  3. Season with good quality fine sea salt just prior to cooking
  4. Make a mirepoix by roughly chopping equal amounts of onion, carrot and celery (or our preferred choice of celeriac, the root of the celery) plus the spices and the garlic cloves
  5. Take a large, heavy based frying pan, and add the fat. Sear the beef all over until rich & brown in colour, then transfer to the casserole dish
  6. Next, fry the mirepoix until lightly coloured
  7. Add the ale or red wine, reduce by two thirds then add tomato puree, Worcester sauce and beef stock then reduce a little. Thicken with a tablespoon cornflour mixed with a little cold water and stirred into the boiling broth
  8. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables then cover with a tight fitting lid
  9. Place in the centre of the oven and cook for approximately 3 hours, the meat should be tender when pierced with a meat fork
  10. Remove from oven and serve with mashed potatoes, crisp dumplings and hot mustard