Braised Beef Silverside – Winter Heaven

Come on everyone it’s cold outside so you have to respond with some food to make you warm from the inside at least. I have done this recipe to remind everyone that sometimes a bit of slow cooking is the answer and instant gratification needs to get dropped off the menu.

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I bought a 650g piece of Scottish beef for less than £6 in Sainsbury’s. Well hung, no fat except for a little marbled through the meat and enough for 4 people. Cooked like I did it means you end up with an amazing meal for 350 calories each, add 100g of potatoes and 60g of steamed kale each and you will still be under 500 calories per person. Add a big dollop of english mustard on the side to finish it all off.


  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 600g to 650g Silverside Beef joint, fat and sinew  removed.
  • 4 carrots, sliced in to chunks
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 sticks of celery, sliced in to thick pieces
  • 8 gloves of garlic
  • 200ml red wine
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 sticks of rosemary
  • 1/2 litre of beef stock
  • Salt & pepper

What to do

  1. Put a deep sided casserole pan or deep frying pan that has a lid on a medium to hot heat.
  2. Warm the oil and brown the piece of beef on all sides.
  3. Once done lift it out of the pan and brown the onions, carrots, garlic and celery for 5 minutes.
  4. Put the beef back in and add the wine, cook well for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the bay leaves and rosemary, then the stock.
  6. Make sure it is simmering and reduce the heat to low.
  7. Cook for a minimum of one and a half hours, regularly basting and turning the meat as you go.
  8. Check the seasoning and take the lid off if there is too much liquid towards the end.
  9. If I am serving it with potatoes I add small new ones 20 minutes before it is served.



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