Spiced Beef and Cranberry Casserole

SPICED BEEF AND CRANBERRY CASSEROLE

Prep Time ~ 30 mins Cooking Time ~ 2 hrs
Approx Cost ~ £16 Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 6

Tips ~ This makes a great casserole to serve at Christmas, you could use venison instead of beef for a special occasion.

Ingredients

250g / 9oz rindless smoked back bacon, chopped

3 tbsp plain flour, seasoned

1.6kg / 3 ½ lb lean beef, cubed

2 - 3 tbsp sunflower oil

16 whole baby onions

2 garlic cloves, crushed

250g / 9oz button mushrooms, wiped

1 bay leaf and 1 small bunch parsley, tied together, plus chopped parsley for garnishing

75cl bottle red wine

225g / 8oz fresh or frozen cranberries

1 tbsp soft light brown sugar

300ml / ½ pint beef gravy

Method

Before serving, taste to see if you need more sugar to counter the tartness of the cranberries. Scatter with the parsley and serve with mashed potato and green vegetables.