Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

Braised beef with red wine & cranberry

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(85 ratings)

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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11th Jun, 2012
I used a whole jar of cranberry sauce...half whilst cooking and the other half stirred in at the end...really yummy!!
17th Apr, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I made this so many times now. It's everyone's favourite.
4th Apr, 2012
I made this for my birthday dinner party and it was so easy to make ahead and tasted SO good! Here in Sweden they don't sell cranberry jam/products so I used lingonberry jam instead and it worked really well!
21st Mar, 2012
Wonderful, delicious meat (so soft and juicy) all together with cauliflower and cheese mash potato. Yummy.
8th Mar, 2012
This came out fab. Great, easy recipe which tastes delicious. Our guest now think i'm a bit of a chef on the side :-)
4th Mar, 2012
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!
3rd Mar, 2012
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!
20th Feb, 2012
Very tasty! my boyfriend said it was "outstanding" and the best dish I've ever cooked for him...restult!!
20th Feb, 2012
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.
16th Feb, 2012
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.


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