• Serves 8
  • 8 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 16 Ingredients


Great Winter Warmer

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1kg Chuck Steak or Gravy Beef
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 60g Butter
  • 2 rashers Bacon cut into strips
  • 2 Large Brown Onions - Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Carrots - sliced
  • 2 Celery Sticks - sliced
  • 1/4 cup Port or Red Wine
  • 2 cups Beef Stock
  • 2 tbls Tomato Paste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Sprig of Thyme
  • 1 piece lemon peel
  • 1 cup Mushrooms - sliced


  1. Trim meat of all extra fat and cut into 2cm dice. Heat half the oil and half the butter in a large heavy based pan over medium heat. Toss meat in a plastic bag with flour and salt and pepper, toss well to coat. Brown the meat in batches for a few minutes until browned on all sides. Transfer meat to a 3 – 4 litre casserole dish.
  2. In the same pan, add bacon and onion and sauté in remaining oil and butter for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté a further minute. Add carrots and celery and sauté until golden, then pour over meat in casserole dish.
  3. Place pan back on heat and turn up the heat to high. Pour in the port – it will sizzle and bubble. Scrape up the pan bits and stir into the liquid. Add the red wine and cook off alcohol for about 2 minutes, then add tomato paste and stock and bring to the boil. Pour onto meat and add bay leaf, thyme and lemon peel.
  4. Cover with two layers of foil or a heavy casserole lid and cook in oven for 2 and a 1/2 to 3 hours. After 2 hours, check the meat for tenderness, and stir the casserole to make sure everything gets coated by the thickened sauce. After 2 1/2 hours, remove lid or foil completely and remove lemon peel. Add mushrooms and parsley, cook for a final 20-30 minutes. If using a slow cooker, you can cook this on low for 6 – 8 hours.

  • Nothing beats a hot, rich beef stew on a cold dark winters night


  • It looks so good and a family favourite!


  • Yummy! That meat looks succulent, rich and melt in your mouth tasty. Thanks for sharing.


  • Great casserole for those cold winter nights perfect


  • Your casserole look’s perfect for a Winter’s night! Great recipe!


  • hello delicious – shame it is way too hot to cook LOL


  • Yumm this is a lovely winter warmer and so comforting. thanx.


  • Thanks for sharing. This sounds fantastic and not too complicated.


  • This is a great recipe to double and freeze some for later


  • A great recipe – also good in a slow cooker.


  • Beef casserole is a great way to encourage the children to eat beef.


  • There is nothing better on cool nights than a hearty casserole! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


  • Yum Yum Yum. It’s about 6 degrees in Melbourne today (or so it feels). This is just what is needed for dinner tonight to warm the belly, the legs, the toes, the nose…!


  • yums! always love a good casserole


  • A lovely meal for this time of year.


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