Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
It is simple. It is delicious. It has few ingredients but the result will surprise you.
- 1 leek
- 500 g of quality stewing beef
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 carrot
- 1 yellow onion
- bay leaf
- plain flour
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- sea salt
- ground black peppercorns
- 1 beef stock cube
- olive oil
- Top and tail leek so that you have the white stalk only.
- Slice leek lengthwise and then chop into 1 inch segments.
- Chop carrot into bite size segments.
- Chop onion.
- Place flour and seasoning into a bag.
- Place beef into the bag and shake so that beef is coated with flour and seasoning.
- In a heavy base frypan, place 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil.
- On low heat brown beef, remove and place into a casserole.
- Add a little more oil and stir fry leek, onion and carrot for 2 minutes.
- Remove and add to casserole.
- Place the red wine and the stock cube in the frypan and simmer until wine is reduced to half.
- Add to casserole.
- Add thyme and 2 bayleaf.
- Place in a moderate oven and cook slowly for about 90 minutes.
- Place a lid on the casserole to obtain best results.
- Serve with mashed potato,steamed french beans with an oil and garlic dressing and steamed button squash or baby zucchini.
I made this recipe with tenderloin tips and it was delicious. The recipe calls for cooking in "a moderate oven". I put the casserole, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for an hour. When I make it again, I'm going to try cooking at 325 degree F instead to ensure a nice consistency. (The red wine is supposed to be cooked down to about 1/2 cup before adding to the casserole so there really is not a lot of liquid with which to start.) The veggies cook down to close to nothing ( but are intensely flavorful) so one needs to prepare a couple of others to complete the meal.
Absolutely delicious! I adapted the recipe for the stove top because I don't have an oven. I should have perhaps added the vegetables (leek and carrot) slightly later to avoid them going mushy, but overall it was a great success. I served the stew with unpeeled new potatoes and green beans. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
I originally made this recipe with ground beef because that was all I had on hand. It got such rave reviews I'm making it again with flank steak. I added some mushrooms (again, because it was what I had on hand) which were delicious but I don't think made a huge difference. This recipe is so easy to make and was so tasty - I'm planning on making it on a regular basis all winter long.