Posted: January 22 2018 in Recipes

A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy – an ideal recipe for less expensive cuts as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish.

2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
1 onion chopped
2 really big carrots halved lengthways then very sliced
5 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 beef stock cubes, crumbled
850g stewing beef, cut into nice large chunks

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas. Put the kettle on. Put the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a flameproof casserole dish with 1 tbsp oil and the butter. Soften for 10 mins, then stir in the flour until it doesn’t look dusty anymore, followed by the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes.

Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and put in the oven for 2hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30mins – 1hr more until the meat is really tender and the sauce is thickened.