Beef, Prune and Rosemary Casserole serves four

15 mins to prepare and 1 hr 45 mins to cook / 575 calories per serving


  • 45ml (3 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 100g (3½oz) Cookstown bacon
  • 400g (13oz) Tesco NI beef, diced
  • 250g (8oz) shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Tesco NI celery sticks, sliced on the angle into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tesco NI medium carrots, peeled and sliced on the angle into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into 3
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 125g (4oz) dried prunes
  • 15ml (1tbsp) red wine vinegar
  • 700ml (1¼pt) hot beef stock
  • 4-5 sprigs rosemary

For the parsley mash

  • 750g (1½lb) Wilson’s Country potatoes
  • 15g (½oz) Dale Farm butter
  • 400g (13oz) splash of Ballyrashane semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Heat 1 tbsp oil in the bottom of a heavy casserole and fry the bacon or lardons until crisp. Set aside and continue to fry the beef, adding a little more oil if necessary. Cook this in 2 batches so the pan doesn’t overcrowd and the heat is kept up. Remove and set aside with the bacon or lardons.

Fry the shallots until the edges begin to brown. Remove and add to the meat. Return your beef to the pot with the celery, carrots and garlic. Fry for a further 4-5 minutes until the celery and carrots begin to soften. Stir through the flour then add in the prunes and season well. Pour over the red wine vinegar and allow it bubble off before adding the stock and rosemary leaves. Cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the potatoes into cold salted water, bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash with a knob of butter and a splash of milk, then stir through the parsley. Serve alongside the stew.