casseroleA hearty winter casserole!

If you don’t fancy the taste of stout beer then substitute the Guinness with regular beer or beef stock.



4 Serves

Blade steak



2 T

Onions, peeled and chopped

1 large

Minced garlic

1 t


2 T

Guinness or beer

1 cup


1 cup

Beef stock powder

1 t

Bacon rasher, chopped


Dried thyme




Orange, grated rind

2 t



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160º C.
  2. Remove all visible fat from the meat and cut into 2cm cubes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frypan and brown the meat over a moderately high heat. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a further minute. Sprinkle the flour over and stir well to coat the onions.
  5. Mix together Guiness or beer, water and beef stock powder. Gradually pour into pan. Bring to the boil, stirring, to make a smooth sauce.
  6. Pour mixture over the meat in the casserole dish. Mix in bacon, thyme, prunes and orange rind.
  7. Cook in oven for 1 ½ - 2 hours or until the meat is fork tender.


Serving Suggestion: Serve with mashed or jacket potatoes and steamed green vegetables.


Recipe from Cooking for Older People – Easy Recipes for One or Two,
Canterbury District Health Board.

Abbreviations Used in Recipes

utensilst = teaspoon

T = tablespoon

ml = millilitre

g = gram

º C = degrees Celsius

cm = centimetre