Boozy Beef – my perfect winter warmer!!

Its winter – I’m freezing and its dark outside when I get home.  Its times like this that I want something substantial  that doesn’t require loads of effort. For me this equals mash and an obvious partner to that is a stew of some kind.

My ultimate winter meal has to be my boozy beef which I serve with mash. It has the advantage of being just as good when reheated so can be made in advance (or God forbid there are any leftovers) frozen – a win win for me

Now I grew up hating stews. My mum doesn’t like them so every time I had one it was either badly made (sorry mum) or at school. What I do remember however is that awful, often insipid or chewy taste which I then associated with all stews.  Which is why, when I met my husband, who adore’s stews, I set about to create one even I would love.

My Boozy beef was born.  Just by not calling it a stew made me feel much better about it, but its the mix of herbs and smoked paprika which gives this a real depth of flavour that I’ve not had before. This when combined with red wine whats not to love.

I use my le crueset to make this usually but as I inherited a slow cooker am going to try this method this weekend.

My Boozy Beef

500g pack of braising steak
1tbs flour
1tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Garlic (either squeeze from a tube or 2 cloves crushed)
1 onion
1 leek
2 sticks celery
Handful of chantanay carrots halved lengthways (or 1 large carrot sliced)
1/2 bottle red wine
Pint stock (I use water and oxo)
2 bay leaves
Sprig each rosemary and thyme
Handful of Button mushrooms
Sprinkle of dried parsley

Toss the beef in the flour paprika salt and pepper
Brown in a casserole pan and then set aside
Chop onion, celery, leek and carrots and then add to the pan with the oil and garlic
Sweat veggies till soft then add in wine, stock, beef and herbs
Bring to simmer and add in button mushrooms
Cover with lid and whack into the oven for min 2.5 hours on a low heat
Uncover, throw in some dried parsley and return to hob for 20 mins while you cook your mash
Season to taste

Serve in a bowl over mash with broccoli and/or green beans if you are feeling ultra good!!


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