Braised beef with stout and oysters

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
over 2 hours

Serves
Serves 4

By Matt Tebbutt

Ingredients

For the braised beef

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg/2lb 4oz shin of beef, cut into 2cm/¾ in pieces
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 thyme sprig, leaves removed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 250ml/9fl oz veal or beef stock
  • 440ml/16fl oz Irish stout

For the oyster soda bread

  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 2 potatoes, peeled, and cubed
  • 2 slices Irish soda bread, crusts removed and cut into small triangles
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 3 fresh oysters, shucked
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon

To serve

  • 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp fresh chervil leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon leaves
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