Sunday, June 14, 2009

Beef A La Mode - Liz's Version

Beef A La Mode

I saw this recipe in Gourmet Traveller but changed it significantly to suit my own tastes and small kitchen. You can't believe how much I can't wait until my fiance and I move into our new house with it's giant kitchen. Then I can make things properly!


2kg beef chuck, in 4cm cubes
150g flour for dusting
1 tsp red peppercorns, crushed
2 tsp Maldon Salt
60gm vegetable shortening
12 baby carrots
1 small celeriac, sliced thinly
1 celery heart, diced
12 shallots, cut in half
2tbsp red wine vinegar
350mL red wine, sweet
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 litre vegetable stock
1 sprig fresh thyme and fresh bay leaf

Coat beef chunks in flour seasoned with pepper and salt.

Fry for a couple minutes on each side. I had to do this in batches.

Scrape the bottom of the pan to remove sediment.

Place each batch into the crockpot with the crockpot on high.

Toss the vegetables minus the tomatoes into the fry pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

Remove vegetables and cover with foil.

Deglaze pan with red wine vinegar, scraping the bottom of the pan into the sauce then add red wine, getting as much of the pieces from the pan into the mixture.

Let cook until reduced. About 5-10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, vegetables, stock and herbs to crockpot and let bubble away for 4-5 hours.
Serve in bowl to large greedy hungry men and yourself, if you can get any.


  1. Hi Elizabeth, just wanted to check that all is ok with you since you haven't posted here or been on Nigella for a while.

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  3. Hi Elizabeth,

    Like Clabby, I was a little worried we have not heard from you for a while - are you OK?

    I tried to post a thread on, but it didn't go through.

    Take Care,


  4. umm, delicious beef recipe Elizabeth :-) Thanks for sharing!