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Braised beef in red wine

Prep time overnight
Cook time overnight
Serves 4
From Two Greedy Italians
Tender, lean topside of beef, marinated and cooked slowly in red wine with herbs vegetables.


  1. Pat the meat all over gently with kitchen paper to dry. Place in a large bowl together with all the other ingredients except for the oil and salt. Cover with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge overnight, or for at least 12 hours.

  2. Remove the meat from the marinade, keeping the marinade for later. Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the meat and seal well all over. Remove and set aside.

  3. In the same saucepan, add the vegetables and herbs from the marinade and sweat for a couple of minutes. Return the meat to the pan, add some salt and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.

  4. Add the wine from the marinade, bring to the boil then reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for about two hours, until the meat is tender and the liquid has reduced, checking from time to time and gently turning over during cooking. Once the meat is cooked to your liking, remove it from the pan and keep it warm. If the sauce needs thickening continue to simmer until it has reduced to sauce consistency.

  5. To serve, slice the meat and place on a serving dish together with the vegetables and sauce.


  • 1kg/2lb 4oz topside of beef
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 90ml/6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste

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