I still cannot believe, in some tiny way that this Casserole that I came up with months ago was the best I had ever made. Yes, it was! I am hesitant to admit it as it involves the contents of Chinese sauces. But by the by, it still was the best I had ever made.
It was one of the first recipes I thought about doing when I was first produced with this Recipe development project for Lee Kum Kee. I suppose it is because I remember Chef’s pairing Oysters with fillet steak and creating rich sauces with those oysters. It was an acquired taste, but one that was around for a while. Shockingly, years ago I worked with a chef who still thought he was in that era and was trying to recreate a recipe by using tinned Oysters to create a sauce for steak! Yak!
Anyway, I set to making this Beef Casserole and am pleased to say that it worked the first time. The lovely flavour of the Oyster sauce pairs beautifully with the Beef and along with that earthy taste of the Chestnut mushrooms and Soy bouncing off that, this was a delightful, rich Bowl of Beef casserole which I will always make now. It’s my little “rule breaking” dish that Im quite fond of! Sometimes maybe rules have to be broken, well… just a little.
Rich Beef Casserole:
(Serves 4) Takes Approximately 3 hours
– 2 Tbsp of Rapeseed or Olive oil
– Knob of Unsalted Butter– 400g Shin Beef/Casserole steak cut to 1 1/2 inch cubes
– 2 Tbsp of Plain flour to coat the Beef
– Salt and cracked black pepper to season
– 1 onion sliced
– 2 Garlic Cloves bashed not chopped
– 1 Celery stick diced fine
– 2 Carrots Chopped Roughly into 1/2 inch pieces
– 1/2 Swede Chopped Roughly into 1/2 inch pieces
– 1 Beef stock cube (may need 2 depending on how intense your stock is)
– Small sprig of Thyme taken off stalks and chopped finely
– 2 Bay Leaves
– 1 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
– 250ml of Chianti Red Wine
– 2-3 Tbsp of Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce
– 2 Tbsp of Lee Kum Kee Deluxe Soy Sauce
– Preheat your Oven to 160c
– Place your Chopped Beef onto a chopping board or plate and dry off all moisture with a Kitchen Towel.
– Season the Beef and also coat with the flour.
– In a Heavy Bottomed Casserole Pot heat 1 tbsp of oil until sizzling and start to add the Beef. Do not overcrowd as it will not Brown properly.
– Once all Beef has browned, take out and place onto a plate. Heat the remanding oil into the same Pot and a knob of butter. When Sizzling add the Onions, Celery, carrots and swede and allow to brown also.
– At this stage add the Beef back into the Pot, stir and add the Red wine. Pop in the Beef stock, Tomato Puree and herbs and Cover with Water. Bring to a simmer on the hob.
– Place into the Hot Oven for 2 hours.
– After the 2 Hours Add the Oyster Sauce and Soy Sauce, Stir and place back into the oven for another hour or until Meat and Vegetables are tender.
– At this stage, you may need to balance flavours, i.e if needs a little sugar or more Soy Sauce.
– This dish is great served with Mashed potato or Boiled Rice.