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Method

  1. Remember to remove your beef braising steak from the packaging, pat dry and bring to room temperature.
  2. Pre heat your oven to 135°C temperature.
  3. Next choose a suitable sized oven proof casserole with a tight fitting lid.
  4. Season the meat just prior to coloring with good quality sea salt.
  5. Make a mirepoix by neatly chopping equal amounts of onion, carrot and celery or my preferred choice of celeriac, the root of the celery plus a bay leaf, sprig of thyme and a few black peppercorns, another nice addition can be a head of garlic split in half.
  6. Take a large, heavy based frying pan, and add a few drops pomace or vegetable oil.
  7. Fry the meat on all sides in small batches then transfer to the casserole dish.
  8. Next fry the mirepoix until lightly coloured.
  9. Then add half a bottle of red wine, or a favorite local ale and reduce by two thirds then add 500 ml of Essential Cuisine beef stock, 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional) and reduce a little, thicken with a tablespoon corn flour mixed with a little cold water and stirred into the boiling broth.
  10. Pour the sauce over the meat and cover.
  11. Place in the centre of the oven and cook for approximately 3 hours, the meat should be tender when pierced with a meat fork.
  12. Remove from oven, carefully take out the beef and keep warm.
  13. Pass off the juices through a fine sieve into a clean sauce pan and reduce to a glossy finish then pour back over the meat ready to serve.