A warming Beef and Red Wine Casserole that’s rich and comforting. Perfect with creamy mash on a cold, dark evening. The ultimate easy winter warmer.Jump to Recipe
My favourite thing about this time of the year is the food. Actually, that’s probably not quite true, Christmas is bloody good, and we’ve got birthdays and our anniversary before then, so it’s a busy season packed with lots of love. But, food is a big part of all of these occasions for us so I think it still counts.
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Away from the celebration type food, there’s nothing that I love more on a horribly cold day than a big comforting casserole. I work from home, so even better, having the oven on low for hours, and getting to smell my Beef and Red Wine casserole simmering away is extra warming. And, if, after the school run, there’s a little glass of wine left, that’s fine too.
There’s something really lovely about throwing meat and veg into a pot and letting it simmer away slowly for hours until the meat melts in your mouth and the veg is really soft and tender. So tasty, but really wonderfully warming too. Perfect after a
What Kind of Beef Should I Use in a Beef Casserole?
A great thing about any beef casserole is that you are cooking the meat very slowly, in a rich gravy. It’s going to be tender and it’s going to take on a lot of the flavours. Which means that the quality of the meat isn’t as important as in some other meals. If you are looking to save money shin or leg
Can You Use Leftovers in a Beef and Red Wine Casserole?
Another great option is using leftover beef from another meal. If you’ve got lots of roast beef left from a Sunday lunch, this is the perfect way to use it. Skip browning the meat and just add your diced chunks when you add the carrots. You might want to still add some flour to thicken the sauce but sprinkle it in carefully so that it doesn’t clump together.
What Kind of Red Wine Should You Cook With?
Ah, now red wine. Who knows? I don’t really drink it. If we’ve some left from cooking, or someone has bought us some, I might have a glass. I don’t hate it, but I wouldn’t choose to by myself a bottle to drink. So, really I know absolutely nothing about it. I got this pretty cool bottle from Aldi fro £3.99. I’d say experiment with different wines, but again, don’t feel like you need to spend a fortune to create a great taste. Start with something relatively mild like a Merlot.
Freezing a Beef Casserole
Personally, I try not to freeze a casserole. When you thaw and reheat, cells break down. In something slow
What Should You Serve Beef Casserole With?
For me, Beef and Red Wine Casserole
Do you Peel Chantenay Carrots
Firstly, if you can’t get Chantenay, don’t worry. I do my food shopping in Aldi most of the time and they don’t always have these. So I’d just use big carrots and chop them into smaller buttons.
But, if you can get them, great. They are sweet and complement the rich red wine gravy really well. I’d peel bigger carrots, but if you are using Chantenay, they’re really too small to peel, you’d lose most of the carrot. Just chop the tops off and give them a quick rub to get rid of any hairs. Because no one wants a hairy carrot in their Beef and Red Wine Casserole.
Beef and Red Wine Casserole
- 750 g Diced Beef
- 2 tbsp Plain Flour
- Pinch Salt and Pepper
- 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 2 Onions – Finely Diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic – Crushed
- 250 ml Red Wine
- 500 ml Beef Stock
- 600 g Chantenay Carrots – End Chopped off and scrubbed to remove hairs
- 2 tsp Ground Thyme – Or 1 Sprig Fresh
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the beef in the flour and salt and pepper
- Heat half the oil in a large frying pan
- Add the beef and fry over a high heat, stirring continuously, until browed
- Remove from the pan and set to one side
- Heat the remaining oil in an ovenproof dish on the hob
- Add the garlic and onions and fry for 5 minutes until soft
- Add the meat
- Pour in the red wine, stock, carrots and add the thyme
- Stir and bring to a simmer
- Cover and place in the oven
- Cook for 2 hours
- Serve straight from the oven with mashed potatoes for a filling family meal.