I first made this last year. And since then I think I have made it a couple more times. A warm, comforting, homey dish. The kind of dish to have after a bad day, like a badly needed hug or a soothing word or two. That’s how I feel about it.
This is a recipe I took from Nigella Lawson. The cut of beef used was chuck tender, cubed and seasoned with salt, pepper, allspice and a bit of flour which thickened the sauce. The sauce was originally made from dark and bitter stout. I substituted that completely with beef stock cubes. And a surprise ingredient, well for me it is, orange juice and zest. It gave the dish a “round sharpness”. Whatever that means, it tasted good to me!
The casserole will take a long time to cook, close to 2 hours on the stove with a low flame. The beef became so tender. And the mashed potatoes were so perfect with it.