Dianne Bibby can always be relied on to come up with some stonking great dish to go with one of my wine recommendations. Here is a lovely hearty lusty cold weather dish for the most perfect of cold weather wines, The De Grendel Merlot 2013.
Red wine & rosemary beef hot-pot with Gruyere potato gratin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5kg beef shin, bone-in
1 large brown onion, diced
2 stems celery, diced
2 carrots, chopped, fine dice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1 stem rosemary, destalked and finely chopped
250ml red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
400g tin whole tomatoes, mulched
1/2 teaspoon sugar
peel of half and orange, thinly sliced into shavings (no pith)
750ml weak beef stock
salt and pepper, to taste
600g potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 – 3mm thick rounds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons gruyere cheese, finely grated
2 stems thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 180º C. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large based, oven-proof or cast iron pot. Season the beef with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides until well coloured. Remove from the pan and set aside. You will have to do the browning in batches. Avoid overcrowding the pan as the meat will start to stew as opposed to browning.
Add a drop more oil to the pan and sauté the onion until soft and translucent. Add the celery and carrots and sauté for several minutes before adding the garlic, rosemary and chilli flakes. Cook for 2 more minutes. Place the beef shin back into the pot with the vegetables, together with the meat resting juices. Deglaze the pot with the red wine and reduce down by a third. Stir through the tomato paste, mulched tomatoes, sugar, orange peel and beef stock. Season lightly with salt and pepper, cover with the lid and cook in the preheated oven for 3 hours until the meat is spoon tender.
Allow to rest for about half and hour before skimming off any excess fat. Remove the bones, trying to keep the larger meat pieces intact. Spoon the meat and the thickened vegetable sauce into an oven-proof casserole dish or pan. Parboil the potatoes in salted water. Drain thoroughly. Drizzle the potatoes with the melted butter and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Lay the potatoes over the meat filling, overlapping slightly. Scatter over the thyme and bake in a 200º C oven for 45 minutes. Scatter over the gruyere cheese and grill for several minutes until the top is bubbling and the potatoes are golden.
Serve with steamed green vegetables.
Michael’s wine recommendation – CLICK HERE
Dianne Bibby is a former fashion designer, turned food enthusiast and avid cook. At 36 she hung up her fashionable hat, tied on her kitchen apron and started on a new culinary journey.
Her kitchen is a creative gathering place where meals are shared with family and friends, celebrating life and nurturing our connectivity. For Dianne food is relational and pivotal to the way in which she expresses love, care and hospitality. Currently she spends most of her time developing recipes and teaching group cooking classes.
Says Dianne, “My food philosophy is relatively uncomplicated with inspiration being drawn from diverse global food trends and seasonal produce. My recipes are not exclusively tied to any particular food preference but rather an exploration of all foods that are vibrant and fresh.”
Dianne hopes that you will be motivated and inspired to try something new, making the time you spend in the kitchen deeply satisfying and rewarding.
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