- 1 kg chuck or boneless shin/gravy beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 small celery stalks, sliced
- 2 small carrots, finely diced
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 3 cups beef stock
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 3 large potatoes, peeled, cut into large dice
- 1-2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme or small sprigs of rosemary or parsley
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut beef into 2½cm-3cm cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add 2 tbsp oil, and mix well. Heat a large frypan over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef in 2 or 3 batches. Remove each batch and place in casserole dish.
- Reduce heat in the pan, add a little oil, add onion, celery and carrots, cook for 1–2 minutes, and stir occasionally.
- Sprinkle in the flour and stir until the vegetables are coated. Gradually pour in stock and add the tomato paste, stirring well. Add the potato and herbs, stir until the mixture boils. Add to the casserole dish, stir to combine. Cover the casserole dish, place in oven, and cook until the beef is very tender. Stir every 40 minutes or so, add water if needed to keep the ingredients just covered.Cooktop method: Place the browned beef and other ingredients in a heavy-based pot. Partially cover, keep the heat low. Simmer until the meat is very tender. Stir occasionally; add water or stock if needed during the cooking time to keep ingredients well covered.
- Cut the beef into even sized pieces. Keeping the beef consistent in size (2½cm-3cm cubes), will give your casserole consistency in texture and flavour.
- Beef casserole cuts and approximate cooking times:
- Chuck or boneless shin/gravy beef – 2 to 2½ hours
- Topside, round, blade – 1 to 1½ hours