Comforting, full of flavour and simple to prepare, slow cooked beef is the perfect way to warm up a cold winter’s day!


  • 1.5kg chuck or boneless shin/gravy beef, diced in 2.5 - 3cm cubes

  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

  • 4-5 sprigs of thyme

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • 2 cups red wine

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 30g butter

  • 12 (about 280g) small pickling onions or shallots, peeled

  • 200g button mushrooms, stalks trimmed

  • 250g bacon, rind removed, cut into short strips

  • 1 cup water


  • 1.

    Place beef in a large bowl, add the herbs and wine. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

  • 2.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Drain the beef and put aside the marinade and herbs. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in a casserole dish. Pour over the reserved marinade and herbs. Add the stock and flour. Stir to mix.

  • 3.

    Cover the casserole dish and place in oven. Stir every 40 minutes or so, adding water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered. Cook until the beef is almost tender (about 1 hour and 20 minutes).

  • 4.

    Heat the oil and butter in a small frypan, add the onions and cook stirring for 10 minutes or until lightly golden (but not soft), remove and set aside. Cook the mushrooms in 2 batches, adding a little more butter if needed, remove and set aside. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until crispy. Add the onions, mushrooms, bacon and water to the beef and stir gently to combine. Cook for a further 20-30 minutes or until the beef is tender.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 971kj
  • Fat Total 35g
  • Saturated Fat 13g
  • Protein 73g
  • Carbohydrate 88g
  • Sugar 40g
  • Sodium 618mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Marg26Report
Hearty, rich, filling, just the meal for this cool weather and so easy!
Posted by Annie77Report
This another one to try, and i know the very people who will love this. One dish food with some crusty bread. Will let you know
Posted by Reine MargauxReport
If you are budget minded, this is a really good recipe - get out the slow cooker or slow bake in the oven for a couple of hours and this is a good recipe. Ideal winter food, but also nice where weather is on the change...good idea to take the tendons (I think that is what they are called - that thin h skin that wraps around the meat) off around meat first.