Autumnal Beef and Chestnut Casserole

Slow cooked autumnal casserole with shin of beef, stewing or braising steak cubes, root vegetables and chestnuts in red wine and stock. This is a warming and delicious autumn dish for four.

Serves 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours 


  • 450g/1lb lean boneless shin, stewing or braising beef, cut into 2.5cm/1inch cubes
  • 30ml/2tbsp plain flour seasoned with salt and freshly milled black pepper and
  • 10ml/2tsp ground nutmeg
  • 20ml/2tsp oil
  • 8 shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 175g/6oz baby carrots, topped and left whole
  • 4 tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and roughly chopped, or a can of tinned tomatoes
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 450ml/¾pint good, hot beef stock
  • 200ml/7floz good red wine
  • 15ml/1tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 200g/7oz cooked and peeled whole chestnuts


Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3,170°C,325°F.

Place the flour, seasoning and nutmeg into a large plastic food bag. Add the beef in batches and coat with the seasoned flour.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the beef for 4-5 minutes until brown on all sides. Transfer to a 1.2L/2pint ovenproof casserole dish.

In the same frying pan cook the shallots, garlic and carrots for 2-3 minutes. Spoon into the casserole dish with the tomatoes.

Add the remaining ingredients to the casserole dish, bring to the boil, cover and transfer to the oven to cook for 1½-2 hours.

Serve with mustard mash.


This recipe is perfect cooked in a slow cooker, but always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions first.


Recipe supplied by: Simply Beef and Lamb

Image provided by EBLEX

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