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Beef carbonade

Total Time
2 hr
15 min
1 hr 45 min
This super simple, filling and full flavoured stew is quintessential comfort food that can be put together then forgotten about while you put your feet up


Vegetable oil

2 tsp


1 whole, trimmed, sliced


1 medium, peeled, finely chopped


1 stick(s), trimmed, thinly sliced

Beef chuck steak, raw

500 g, (buy 650g), fat trimmed, cut into 2.5cm pieces

Plain flour

1 tbs

Lager beer

1 cup(s), (250ml)

Beef stock

½ cup(s), (125ml)

Dijon mustard

2 tbs

Worcestershire sauce

1 tbs

Fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tbs, coarsley chopped


  1. Heat half the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Dust beef with flour, shaking off excess. Cook beef, in batches, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to saucepan with vegetables.
  3. Add beer, stock, mustard and Worcestershire sauce to frying pan and bring to the boil, scraping any brown bits from the base of the pan. Pour stock mixture over beef mixture and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1½–2 hours or until beef is tender. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


SERVING SUGGESTION: steamed broccolini.TIP: For a thicker sauce, take the lid off the saucepan during the last 30 minutes of cooking.