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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cold comfort food - Braised Steak and Onions

Last week it was, as is the case here in NE Ohio, cold. So I decided to cook a great standby dish of Braised Steak and Onions served with mashed potatoes and peas.

I have cooked this quite a few times and always use the same recipe from my copy of Margaret Fulton's Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery.


1kg (2lbs) braising steak - I use round steak because it just works really well, but you could use chuck.
seasoned flour
1 tbsp olive oil (you'll probably need more)
1 tbsp butter (again, you'll probably need more)
3 onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups beef stock
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
freshly ground pepper

Turn on your oven to 160C (325F).

Cut steak into serving sized pieces.

Slice onions and set aside. I have a Zyliss slicer that makes this job so much easier.

Dredge steak in seasoned flour. I find it easiest to put the flour, salt and pepper in a plastic zip lock bag, then add the steak and shake it.

Brown the steak, a few pieces at a time, in a heavy saucepan, casserole or cast iron pot, once browned, set aside.

Add onions and garlic and cook gently until beginning to brown.

Pour off any surplus fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon. Add stock and herbs and bring to the boil, stirring a couple of times.

Add the browned meat, cover tightly with the lid and cook in the pre-heated oven for 1 1/2-2 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable...peas are my favourite.

I use golden potatoes  (Yukon gold) to make mine. They have a slightly yellow colour and a creamy texture. I just bring a pot of salted water to a boil and throw the peeled and cut up potatoes in. I test their softness using a cake tester. Then I just drain them and mash with a potatoe masher, add a dash or two of milk, mash a bit more then whip the potatoes with my masher or a wooden spoon to get them light and creamy.

There you have it. One of the best cold weather dinners, that is actually quite easy to make.




  1. Looks delicious!! Bet it smells good too!

  2. Thank you. It smells so good, it gets your jowls going!

  3. Another winner Matt!! You do yours a little differently to mine so I'll give yours a go. I bet it does smell wonderful!

  4. Thank you Teresa. I think something a bit Indian might be next.