Beef chucks are quite tough so it's ideal they are cooked on low heat for a couple of hours.
The chucks are baked with pearl onions, mushrooms, bacon, tomato puree, rosemary, garlic, bay leafs and thyme.


  • 1 kg Beef Chuck 4cm long pieces

  • Olive Oil for cooking

  • 4 - 8 whole peeled Onion

  • 1 large brown onion sliced

  • 2 rashers Bacon sliced

  • 2 Cloves Garlic sliced

  • sea salt to taste

  • 8 large Brown Mushrooms in wedges

  • 1 cup fresh Tomato puree

  • 1 fresh Bay leaf

  • 1 sprig Rosemary

  • 2 sprigs Thyme


  • 1.

    Brown off the beef in a little olive oil, in a large roasting tray.

  • 2.

    Remove the meat when well coloured on all sides and set aside.

  • 3.

    Add the pearl onions to the same tray and caramelize well on all sides.

  • 4.

    Add the sliced onion, bacon, garlic and salt.

  • 5.

    Reduce the heat so the onion doesn't colour too much but rather just softens and sweetens.

  • 6.

    Add the mushrooms, stir through, then return the meat to the roasting tray and mix all ingredients together well.

  • 7.

    Add the tomato puree, enough to just cover.

  • 8.

    If it doesn't quite cover the meat, you can top up with chicken stock or water.

  • 9.

    Add the herbs, cover with foil and braise in a medium oven for 2 ½ hours.

  • 10.

    Serve with your favourite vegetables or salad and plenty of soft polenta.

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Posted by Mary E ElphickReport
I must try that one, looks delicious
Posted by TerriReport
Can't wait to cook, my kids are so fussy
Posted by Cathryn15Report
sounds delish and easy! Will try for sure
Posted by Laura488Report
Butter is actually better for you then margarine which is highly processed and unnatural (don't feel guilty about it)
Posted by Laura488Report
Ive made this a few times only using kangaroo and letting it cooke for 3-4 hours. It tastes amazing rich and delicious! perfect for winter time. My boyfriend and i are two extremes of fussy eaters... i eat gluten free dairy free sugar free, try and eat mainly raw vegetables and fish 3 times a week at least where as he won't eat any of the above and loves his meat, chips, potatoes (only veggie he eats), lollies and bread. This is the first meal I've made in 2 years that he actually loved... he ate 3 servings worth.... its delicious! I'm making it again tonight for the 5th time :)