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  • Recipe

    Sue Lawrence

    Traditional Daube Provençale


    A gorgeously tender daube of beef made in the Provençale style. The beef daube recipe traditional take has been brightened up a little with tender and fully flavoured beef rib trim.

    • Serves 8-12
    • Preparation time 48 hours
    • Cooking time 4 hours
  • Ingredients
    • 1.5kg Beef Rib Trim
    • 500ml of gutsy red wine
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 4 large sprigs of thyme
    • small bunch of parsley (stalks and leaves)
    • 2 large strips of orange peel
    • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 125g Smoked Streaky Bacon (chopped)
    • 2 onions (peeled and chopped)
    • 300ml hot beef stock
    • 2 tbsp brandy
    • 2 heaped tbsp black olives (pitted)
  • Method
    1. Two days before eating, place the beef in a bowl with the wine, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 sprigs of thyme, the parsley (roughly chopped), 1 strip orange peel and 1 celery stalk.
    2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    3. The next day, remove the beef from the fridge and pat dry with kitchen paper (discard the herbs and vegetables).
    4. Strain the marinade over a bowl, reserving the liquid.
    5. Heat 2tbsp oil in a large flame-proof casserole dish and gently fry the bacon, onions, remaining garlic and celery stalks for 10 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.
    6. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the casserole and brown the beef in 2 batches.
    7. Return the vegetables and bacon to the casserole with the marinade and the stock. Season generously with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
    8. Add the Brandy, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 strip of orange peel and the olives. Cover tightly and place in a preheated oven (140°C/Fan 120°C/Gas 1) for 3 hours, stirring once. Leave to cool then cover and refrigerate.
    9. On day of cooking, scrape off surface fat and bring to room temperature.
    10. Cover the casserole and reheat in the oven (180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4) for about 45 minutes until piping hot, or reheat gently on the stove.
    11. Serve with pappardelle or mashed potato with olive oil.
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