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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.37 / 5 (115 votes)

Rachel Allen's flavoursome and slightly simplified version of a classic dish is a real winner, especially as it can be made the previous day


1. Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3.

2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a flame-proof casserole dish or large pan.

3. Add the bacon and cook until browned. Remove and set aside, leaving any fat in the pan.

4. Add the onions and cook, stirring, over a high heat until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside with the bacon.

5. Add the beef in batches to the hot pan and cook until browned. Season with pepper.

6. Put all the beef back into the pan and sprinkle in the flour, stirring the meat all the time.

7. Pour in the wine and garlic. Stir again and add the bay, thyme, parsley and orange zest (I sometimes tie these up with string so that I can pull them out easily later).

8. Add the bacon and onions again and enough stock to come about three-quarters of the way up the ingredients in the pot.

9. Bring to the boil, put the lid on and cook in the oven for 2 hours 30 minutes, until almost tender.

10. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook the stew for another 30-40 minutes or until the beef is tender.

11. To serve; remove the orange zest and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g streaky bacon, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 18baby onions, or shallots
  • 1.5 kg stewing beef steaks, cut into 4cm cubes
  • 40 g flour
  • 400 ml red wine
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • small piece orange zest
  • 450 ml beef stock, or chicken stock
  • 18 button mushrooms, tossed in a hot pan with 25g butter until golden

Tips and suggestions

If making this a day or two in advance, I would add the mushrooms and finish cooking it on the day it is to be eaten, for the best results. I love to eat this with Garlic Layered Potatoes or Nutmeg Mash.

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Latest Comment


absolutey yum, lovely sunday dinner on a cold day, served with mash and veggies

LucilleR58623 LucilleR58623  Posted 28 Nov 2010 8:02 PM

This is the first recipe i tried in my new le creuset pot - delicious, will definitely be doing this again! :-)

LauraP99169 LauraP99169  Posted 05 Apr 2010 1:35 PM

Easy to make and totally tasty. Can't get much better than that in my book!

AngieB45977 AngieB45977  Posted 03 Mar 2010 5:15 PM

Tried this recipe last night - very simple to make and absolutely delicious! Forgot to toss the mushrooms in hot butter but it didn't matter. Wasn't sure how much to make for two people, so used approx. 454g stewing steak and about a third the amount of bacon, onions and mushrooms. As it was work the next day I didn't bother with the garlic - needn't have worried, it didn't detract from the taste. With it I served mashed potato with added mashed carrot, swede and parsnip. Will definitely be making it again!

VivienneJ9431 VivienneJ9431 Posted 25 Jan 2010 4:11 PM

I haven't tried this recipe yet but it sounds good. How many does it serve? There are only 2 of us (with good appetites though!)

VivienneJ9431 VivienneJ9431 Posted 19 Jan 2010 3:42 PM

Sorry I thought I had to select each star in turn so registered one star when I meant to give five starts.
I have tried this recipe and absolutely loved it, so did my dinner guests! Well worth trying, you will love it!

up4kickinit up4kickinit Posted 10 Jan 2010 3:52 PM