Red wine and rosemary beef hot-pot

With gruyere potato gratin.
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Recipe from: 19 June 2015
Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 4h


  • 2
    olive oil
  • 1.5
    beef shin, bone-in
  • 1
    large brown onion, diced
  • 2
    stems celery, diced
  • 2
    carrots, chopped, fine dice
  • 1
    garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4
    red chilli flakes
  • 1
    stem rosemary, de-stalked and finely chopped
  • 250
    red wine
  • 2
    tomato paste
  • 400
    tin whole tomatoes, mulched
  • 1/2
  • peel of half and orange, thinly sliced into shavings (no pith)
  • 750
    weak beef stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 600
    potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 – 3mm thick rounds
  • 2
    butter, melted
  • 1
    olive oil
  • 3
    gruyere cheese, finely grated
  • 2
    stems thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste



Preheat the oven to 180º C.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large based, oven-proof or cast iron pot. Season the beef with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides until well coloured. Remove from the pan and set aside. You will have to do the browning in batches. Avoid overcrowding the pan as the meat will start to stew as opposed to browning.

Add a drop more oil to the pan and sauté the onion until soft and translucent. Add the celery and carrots and sauté for several minutes before adding the garlic, rosemary and chilli flakes. Cook for 2 more minutes. Place the beef shin back into the pot with the vegetables, together with the meat resting juices. Deglaze the pot with the red wine and reduce down by a third. Stir through the tomato paste, mulched tomatoes, sugar, orange peel and beef stock. Season lightly with salt and pepper, cover with the lid and cook in the preheated oven for 3 hours until the meat is spoon tender.

Allow to rest for about half and hour before skimming off any excess fat. Remove the bones, trying to keep the larger meat pieces intact. Spoon the meat and the thickened  vegetable sauce into an oven-proof casserole dish or pan. Parboil the potatoes in salted water. Drain thoroughly. Drizzle the potatoes with the melted butter and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Lay the potatoes over the meat filling, overlapping slightly. Scatter over the thyme and bake in a 200º C oven for 45 minutes. Scatter over the gruyere cheese and grill for several minutes until the top is bubbling and the potatoes are golden. Serve with steamed green vegetables.    

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