Daube of beef with spiced beetroot

Daube of beef with spiced beetroot

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Prep: 25 mins - 40 mins Cook: 2 hrs Plus overnight marinating


Serves 6
Serve Tony Tobin’s Christmassy casserole with a really good, creamy mash

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal634
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre3g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.5g


  • 1kg stewing beef steak, cut into 5cm/2in cubes
  • 100g unsmoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into small dice



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 medium onions, cut into small dice



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

  • 1 small celery stick, cut into small dice



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • finely grated zest 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 350ml port (half a bottle)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 250ml beef stock, made from a cube

For the spiced beetroot

  • 500ml red wine
  • 200ml red wine vinegar
  • 140g dark muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp fennel seed, crushed or ground
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2½ cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • 500g cooked beetroot



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…


  1. Put the beef, bacon, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and orange zest into a large shallow bowl. Pour in the port, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge to marinate overnight.

  2. Meanwhile, for the beetroot, pour the wine into a saucepan, then add the vinegar, sugar, fennel, garlic, ginger and chilli and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Cut the beetroot into wedges and put in a large bowl. Pour the hot wine mixture over the beetroot. Allow to cool, then cover and leave in the fridge to marinate overnight.

  3. Drain the meat and vegetable mixture, reserving the marinating liquid. Separate the meat from the vegetables as best you can and set the vegetables aside. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish or saucepan and fry the beef pieces in batches over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until just browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  4. Add the reserved vegetable mixture to the casserole and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Return the beef to the pan with the reserved marinade and the stock and season well. Bring to simmering point, cover and gently cook for 11⁄2 hours until the beef is tender.

  5. Carefully remove all the beef and vegetables from the pan, using a slotted spoon, and set aside. Drain the marinade from the beetroot and add it to the cooking juices in the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce has slightly thickened and has a coating consistency. Return the meat and vegetables to the sauce, then stir in the beetroot. Heat through for 2-3 minutes and serve.

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4th Nov, 2015
This has become a popular family meal, and regularly features new years eve. Proper comfort heart warming food to serve family
17th Sep, 2014
Well I just loved this spiced beetroot, so I made some more. It keeps well. I was eating cold quail stuffed with foie gras and decided to eat the beetroot with it. Delicious. And it is so quick and easy.
12th Aug, 2014
I had beef cheek and was looking for something different AND I am just crazy about beetroot. This recipe really appealed to me. I followed it exactly, except for changing the amount of meat and vegetables to suit my appetite. Whilst the first part was cooking, I was doubtful as to whether I would like it - too sweet. Would that be the port? However it improved greatly with the addition of the beetroot marinade and turned out to be delicious finally. It was still a bit sweet and the next time I make it, will reduce both port and sugar. The beet was good and made like that would be great in a salad as well. I am always looking for different ways of using it, instead of a bechamel. It was very easy to make, almost no work at all, especially as it is done in two steps
1st Jan, 2013
Great Dish. Served up for New Years Eve Dinner and seemed to be appreciated by all.
26th Dec, 2011
Superb. The flavours of the beetroot and the beef remain distinct to give a lovely contrast of taste and texture. Served this with mash and collard greens which went down a storm.
2nd Feb, 2011
Absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated by both guests and my picky children
16th Dec, 2008
this is definitely worth the effort, although you do need to take your time to go through all the stages. Next time I think I might do a bit extra of the herbs and spices for the beetroot.
4th Nov, 2008
Very good
29th Feb, 2008
i have made this time and time again for friends and family and its always a winner.
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