Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

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Cooking time

Ready in 2 hours

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This lovely seasonal dish can be left to bubble away, filling the kitchen with comforting aromas and the promise of supper

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
481
protein
57g
carbs
19g
fat
15g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
4g
salt
0.92g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg braising steaks
  • 3 onions
  • 300ml red wine
  • 300ml stock
  • 3 rounded tbsp cranberry sauce

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Method

  1. Cut the meat into large slices, about 8cm square. Tip 2 tbsp flour with some salt and pepper into a large food bag, add the beef and shake to coat the pieces. Thinly slice the onions.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the beef and fry on all sides until evenly browned. You may need to do this in two batches. Remove to a plate.
  3. Heat 1tbsp oil in the pan if you need it, then add the onions and fry quickly for 5 minutes until tinged brown. Return the beef to the pan and add the wine and stock. Bring to the boil, stirring to scrape up the juices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover tightly with a lid and cook at a gentle simmer for 11⁄2 hours until the beef is tender. Stir in the cranberry sauce, taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Simmer for a further 5 minutes and serve with mash, and a scattering of flatleaf parsely.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2003

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paulos_69's picture
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This came out fab. Great, easy recipe which tastes delicious. Our guest now think i'm a bit of a chef on the side :-)

annalouiseiom's picture
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This was amazing! After adding the Cranberry I added a little bit of thickening to the gravy but OMG... this was absolutely gorgeous. One of the best Ive tasted with so little effort.

My husband cant wait for more :-) Will be doing as a regular replacement for Sunday Roast!

mrsomg's picture

I have made this a few times and once again today. I use Sloe Gin and Berry sauce from a local deli as well as cranberry. I also add garlic to the stew and Hungarian paprika to the flour and pepper. Today I served with home made bread but before it was very tasty with a potato salad and fried leeks. I find this a great lunch or supper when expecting not very punctual guests! I pop it in the slow cooker then set to warm until they arrive. It makes the house smells fantastic, mixed with fragrant bread baking it is great forgiving and inviting aroma for rather sheepish late arrivals!

45sirivor's picture
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Very tasty! my boyfriend said it was "outstanding" and the best dish I've ever cooked for him...restult!!

rhona2012's picture

Absolutely delicious and incredibly easy to make. I added mushrooms 10 minutes before the end of cooking time which worked well. Next time I make this I will make double and freeze.

superballgirl's picture
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FAB! Really easy recipe. I added the cranberry sauce at the beginning (and then a bit more at the end!), also added a couple of garlic cloves as per another recommendation. I cooked mine in the slow-cooker. It tasted excellent and the family loved it. Will definitely make this again.

greenandblacks's picture

A super and simple recipe that is well behaved and very tasty. Good enough for a dinner party. I made it in a slow cooker on 2 occasions and it was lovely, although I do add about twice the given amount of cranberry sauce (whole berry sauce for preference) to make sure it has a tasty tang to it.

jmc123's picture
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hearty and flavoursome dish - ideal for midweek dinner. I used stewing steak as it is what I had in the freezer and thickened up the sauce at the end.

sjampack's picture

Uhmmmmmmm......is all I can say!!
So rich and full of flavour but only needs so little ingredients!
I added a couple of cloves of garlic as many have suggested,
next time I will try it with some chestnut mushroom reckon it should go well and I love mushroom.
An absolutely wonderful dish.

laurajayeast's picture
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Glorious! Made this on christmas eve, was very easy yet soooooo tasty and felt pretty festive too. Added the garlic and just had plain mash as no horseradish but still delicious, going in the binder to be used again and again!

lesleybaker's picture
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Absolutely delicious, every scrap disappeared! Cooked slowly in oven, & added mushrooms and garlic. Served with equally yummy Mustard Mash.

stkate's picture
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This was soooo nice and so simple! I'll definitely be making this again!

irenemorrill's picture
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Easy and very tasty dinner, I served it with rice!!

ceinwenea's picture

Has anyone ever tried making this with beef cheeks or adding dumplings?

penny_baker's picture
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I was a bit concerned on two counts: the recipe has very few ingredients, so I thought it might be a bit 'lacking', and I don't normally cook with cheaper cuts of beef. However, I followed the recipe as it is (although with slightly more meat as the stewing steak was in prepacks). I didn't need anything extra to thicken it (as the flour at the beginning and the long cooking period did that), and only added the cranberry sauce at the end. The result - a fantastic dish, with meat that fell apart, and loads of flavour - nothing else required at all! I served with jacket potatoes and fine beans, plates were cleared including the seconds my husband went back for (as I made the full recipe and there are only three of us). Highly recommended!!!

patidabo's picture
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simply delicious

blancha's picture
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Looks just as in the photo but the taste is even better!

shinobidef's picture
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I felt it needed a little more red wine and stock as reduced too much. Overall, very tasty!

ninaesheppard's picture
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This is a very tasty and hearty dish, especially nice with the horseradish mash. I've tried this twice and found adding garlic, mushrooms and 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce at the beginning a welcome addition.

ensharp's picture
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OMG, this is delicious! I also added a couple of cloves of garlic and added 2/3 of the cranberry to it with the wine and stock and just a spoonful at the end. Served up with creamy mash! Might add some kidneys with the beef next time and make it into a suet pudding filling...

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