Feeling the Winter chill? Well this recipe is sure to warm the cockles of your heart, no matter how cold it gets outside! Comfort food at its finest from Bord Bía.
1kg shoulder beef, cut into thin slices
1 tablesp. olive or rapeseed oil
1 onion, chopped
2 leeks, 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks, chopped
2 cloves garlic
250ml well reduced beef stock
Salt and black pepper
75g streaky bacon, diced
100g wild mushrooms, if available, sliced
50g small onions, peeled
Heat the oil in a large pan, brown the meat well. Remove to a pot. Next sauté half an onion, leeks, carrots and celery. Add to the meat along with the garlic. Pour in the stock and stout, season. Simmer gently for approximately 1½ hours. Remove the meat from the pot. Strain the liquid. Discard the vegetables.
Place the meat back in a clean pot, plus the liquid. Sauté the bacon, mushrooms and remaining onion in 25g of butter. Add to the pot. Reheat the lot. Blend the flour with remaining butter. Stir it into the sauce, stirring well. Taste for seasoning.
Serve in a deep dish with buttery mash.