Beef Casserole with Black Olives

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  • 350g (12oz) streaky bacon rashers, preferably unsmoked
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) oil
  • 1.1kg (2½ lb) diced stewing steak
  • 450g (1lb) onions, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) tomato paste
  • 100ml (4fl oz) brandy
  • 1 tbsp (15g) plain flour
  • 150ml (¼ pint red wine
  • 300ml (½ pint) beef stock
  • 225g (8oz) flat mushrooms, quartered
  • 125g (4oz) black olives
  • Sprigs of flat-leafed parsley to garnish.


  • Slice the streaky bacon into thin strips (lardoons).
  • Heat half the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Brown the stewing steak in batches; remove and keep warm. Fry the bacon lardoons until golden brown and add to the beef. Add the remaining oil and cook the onions for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Add the garlic, fry for 30 seconds, and then mix in the tomato paste. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes; add the brandy. Bring to the boil and bubble to reduce by half, and then add the plain flour and mix until smooth. Add the wine, return to the boil and bubble for 1 minute. Return the stewing steak and bacon to the casserole; add enough stock to barely cover the meat.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and cook Gas Mark 3 or 170°C/325°F for 1¼-1½ hours. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Just before serving, stir in the olives. Garnish with flat-leafed parsley.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by stingerms on Mar 18, 2013

    We have ground goat meat pressed into patties. We also have many pounds of other cuts. This is the gift of Rutgers University, which raises goats in its agricultural school, and tries to popularize goat meat. We have recipes for lamb. Does any one understand goat?

  2. posted by JimT on Mar 21, 2013

    I am cooking Beef for Christmas dinner this year. I would like to know of any other things i can fill this meat with instead of the usual sage and onion stuffing which some of my guest’s are not very keen on.

    Thanks in advance. 😉

  3. posted by clntvrrt on Mar 21, 2013

    I work full time and have 3 sick/elderly people at home. I need to feed 5 adults per night and the daily preperation of food after a 9 hour work day is wearing me down. do you have a favorite casserole or other dish I can prepare in advance? Adding to the problem is I have one person who doesn’t eat chicken!

  4. posted by Brendan O on Mar 28, 2013

    I have this ground beef that was frozen solid in the freezer, it’s been in the fridge for about 3 days. I need to cook it before it goes bad. There’s about a pound an a half there. Any ideas what I could do with it? I have my friend coming over for the weekend & he had gastric bypass surgery, so I need it to be something he can eat. Thanks. =]
    I think I’ma make meatballs. WOO!!

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