Beef in red wine

Beef in red wine

15 mins
Cooking time
70 mins
Ian Hofstetter

When making sauces, always blend a cold liquid into a hot roux off the heat to prevent lumps from forming. For a perfectly smooth sauce, stir constantly over a medium heat until the sauce comes to the boil and thickens.


Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
30g light margarine
2 rashers shortcut bacon, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
750g round steak, trimmed and cubed
12 pickling onions, peeled
250g button mushrooms, trimmed
1/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cups water
1 cup red wine
green vegetables, steamed, to serve
mashed potatoes, to serve


  1. Heat oil and light margarine in a large frying pan on medium-high. Add the bacon and garlic and sauté for 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the steak to the same pan in 2 batches, browning well for 3–4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with onions and mushrooms, transferring each to a plate once they’re browned.
  3. Add the flour to the pan and cook, stirring vigorously, to scrape up any sediment. Cook until golden brown. Add the tomato paste, and stir in well.
  4. Remove the frying pan from the heat. Gradually blend in the water and wine until smooth. Return to the heat and cook, stirring continuously, until the sauce boils and thickens.
  5. Lower the heat and return the bacon, steak, onions and mushrooms to the pan. Simmer for 50–60 minutes until the meat is tender, adding more water if required. Serve with mash and vegetables.

Super ingredient: Red wine

  • Red wine has been suggested as the answer to the so-called ‘French paradox’ – why the French have the second lowest rate of heart disease in the world (after Japan), despite their love of rich cholesterol-laden food. In modest amounts, red wine is good for your heart. Red wine (and grapes) contain more than 50 phenolic compounds known as flavonoids; they act as antioxidants, reduce thickening of the arteries and keep the blood ‘thin’ and smooth flowing. Red wine has 9–10 times more of these natural chemicals than white wine.
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