Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

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Ready in 2 hours


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal481
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein57g
  • salt0.92g
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  • 1kg braising steak
  • 3 onions



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300ml red wine
  • 300ml stock
  • 3 rounded tbsp cranberry sauce


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…


  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.

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Comments (90)

chefmarka's picture

You know it is good when your kids ask for seconds!! sometimes add chunky cut carrots & serve with green beans & potato mash or parsnip & potato mash.

loopylady10's picture

Absolutely scrummy, real comfort food. I used only two small onions but added some mushrooms and a clove of garlic. I cooked it in the oven rather than the hob. Hubby and 13 year old son both loved it, will definitely cook again.

squidgy69's picture

Made this on Sunday, it was absolutely delicious. I am sure this will be a firm favourite over the coming winter months.

janehastings's picture

mmmm this is certainly a new favourite! so easy and delicious - a real plate licker :) used redcurrant jelly - only because i had no cranberry - but was totally delicious with a dollop of mash and lots of peas. yum yum yum. i wish i could have it every night!

weeble's picture

Really good cooked in the slow cooker. I didn't have any cranberry sauce but tossed in some frozen ones.

ClaireC by the Sea's picture

This was a lip smacking success! So tasty it's untrue. I will take Shirley Annes advice next time though and cook slowly in the oven. I followed this recipe to the letter but did add more cranberry than stated towards the end. I served it with crunchy parmentier potatoes and green beans...looking forward already to my next plateful!

bonny4's picture

I used this recipe last night and it was superb.
I did make a few changes however. I added mushrooms, 3 cloves of garlic, mixed white and red onion, added 2 cloves, a bouquet garni and 2 tbsps of cranberry sauce at the outset. I also threw in a little cumin seed and oregano (very little of these two). About an hour into it I added a little brown sugar and a few splashes of worcestershire sauce.
I do have a habit of constantly tasting as I go, so tend to add ingredients I think might add to the dish.
I let it simmer for three hours, added some more cranberry just before serving and some fresh parsley and the result was a beautifully rich, complex sauce (not ideal for children) witht melt in your mouth beef.
I served it with mustard mash and fine beans.
What a hit!! I will certainly do this again...

germaine1278's picture

divine. i did this on the hob over 3 hours and it was melt in your mouth tender and flavoursome. added clove of garlic and bouquet garni as some suggested. will definitely try this in the slow cooker next time.

trains's picture

Have been making this dish for nearly five years now, excellent for guests and also family. Usually serve with either mash made with olive oil and parsley, or roast potato and greens, so easy to do.

catcooks's picture

good for boyfriend with cold - cheered him up. although it is clearly comfort food, i was impressed with how smart the end result was - suitable for dinner with friends / special (ish) occasion.

added mushrooms to the stew and served with creamy mash and french beans. when i make it again i'll add cranberry sauce at beginning and end, but all in all i thought this was brilliant!

sweetandsour's picture

This was very easy to do but with such a sophisticated taste. It will go down well for a mid week meal and for a dinner party.

arniedodd's picture

I made this last week it went down a treat with the family, it was easy to make, and very tasty it was amazing how nice the flavour was with the cranberry. I didn,t change anything excepy that i cooked it in casserole dish with lid in the oven.Will definatly make this again.

emmjay's picture

Certainly a hearty, full-flavoured dish which really packs a punch. However, it received mixed reactions in this household. Very fussy 8yo son loved it, but husband said it was an "acquired taste." I loved it! Can't please everyone all of the time, I guess. I'd make it again, though.

rvl100's picture

A delicious dish and so easy to make. I halved the ingredients for 2 people and there was more than enough. My boyfriend scraped the saucepan clean and ate some of mine! Will definately try it in the slow cooker next time.
I used vegetable stock and it tasted great.

karenian's picture

Have made this before following cooking times, however I now make it in the slow cooker. I prepare it the night before then put it on to cook in the morning. We come home to wonderful smells and a ready cooked dinner. Brilliant, would recommend!

cityofangels's picture

I am making this tonight, does anyone know what type of stock to use?

misslulu's picture

My new fav comfort food added chestnut mushrooms and clove of garlic and cooked in oven. Left in fridge overnight and had with pot and parsnip mash and french beans next day. It was unbelievabley good esp considering the wine was rubbish.

kathryndavies's picture

Love this dish, have made it twice now, so easy but tasty. Will be making it many more times.

jeanius's picture

Left this to simmer in the slow cooker on New Year's Eve, it was delicious. May use one less onion next time. The cranberry certainly lifted it. We served it with potato wedges and green beans. Delicious and simple. Will make again and again.

karenian's picture

Absolutely delicious and so easy. Added a clove of garlic and served with potato and turnip mash. Even the kids cleaned their plates!! Will definitely make again.


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