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Braised Beef in Guinness

ingredients

serves: 6
1.25 kg chuck steak
2 tbsp (1 oz) 25 g butter
2 tbsp oil
3 onions, chopped
1 tbsp brandy
600 ml Guinness
1 bouquet garni
500 g young carrots
250 g baby turnips, halved
2 cups (500 g) aubergines (egg plant), cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 mushrooms
3 tbsp chopped basil and 1 basil sprig
finely shredded rind of 1/2 lemon
6 black olives

method

1. Cut the steaks into 5 x 7.5 cm pieces.

2. Heat the butter and oil in a large flameproof casserole or pan, add the beef and fry until well browned.

3. Add the onions and cook until beginning to soften.

4. Add the brandy and ignite.

5. Add the Guinness, bouquet garni, carrots, turnips, augergine, and salt and pepper to taste.

6. Bring to the boil and cook very gently for about 3 hours, until the meat is very tender.

7. Add the mushrooms for the last 30 minutes.

8. Discard the bouquet garni.

9. Mix the chopped basil and lemon rind together and sprinkle over the top.

10. Scatter over the olives and garnish with the basil sprig.

11. Serve with crusty bread and a spinach salad.

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