Beef Cobbler

Cook time 2 hours
Servings 6-8

Ingredients

⅓ cup (80ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup plain flour
800g chuck steak, cut into 3cm pieces
2 brown onions, thinly sliced
1 leek, sliced
2 sticks celery, cut into 2cm pieces
2 carrots, cut into 2cm pieces
1 swede, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp horseradish cream
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 cups (500ml) dry red wine
2 cups (500ml) beef stock

1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme

225g self-raising flour +extra, to dust
½ tsp salt
60g unsalted butter, cubed, cold
75g grated cheddar cheese +extra, to top scones
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
½ cup (125ml) milk
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten

Freshly chopped parsley,
Green salad or steamed greens, to serve

Beef Cobbler

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place the flour in a large snap lock bag and season with salt and pepper. Toss the beef in the flour mixture to coat.

In a large ovenproof casserole dish, heat half the oil over medium heat. Cook the meat, in batches, until browned all over. Set meat aside on a plate.

Heat the remaining oil in the same dish over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, leek, celery, carrots, and swede for 5 minutes or until just coloured. Stir in the tomato paste, horseradish, and worcestershire and cook for another two minutes.

Pour the wine into the dish and bring to the boil. Using a wooden spoon, scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the stock, bay leaf and thyme and return the beef to the pan.

Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 1½ hours or until meat and vegetables are just about tender.

Meanwhile, place the flour, salt and rosemary in a large bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add cheese and gently stir through. Slowly add the milk (you may not need all the milk) and bring the mixture together (you should have a soft sticky dough).

Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead to form a soft dough. Form the dough into a disk about 2-3 cm thick. Cut out 4-6 scone-sized circles. Brush the tops of the scones with beaten egg and sprinkle a little extra cheese.

Remove the beef from the oven and place the scones on top of the stew. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C. Return the stew to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the scones are golden-brown and cooked through.

Serve beef cobbler sprinkled with parsley and with green salad or some steamed greens on the side.