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January 24, 2014

Twice Baked Beef And Port

Twice Baked Beef and Port ~ delicious, rich and comforting !  #Beef #Dinner #TwiceBaked

With my arm in a sling you can imagine cooking dinner is not easy. Roy did quite a bit of his own style of cooking, but I was yearning for some real, rich meaty food.

Nothing better than this Twice Baked Beef and Port dish !  It was easy enough for me to just stand by him and watch as he made this.  Me of course handing him the ingredients and telling him what to do.

I do not think he got the idea of baking the dish twice at first, but after I explained to him that the longer it stands, the better the flavors develop.  I got this particular recipe from one of my favorite recipe books KookKuns, which I have tweaked only a little, and have been making it for some years.

This recipe actually taught me that the longer some types of casseroles are refrigerated after the first bake, the better the flavors mix and the richer it gets. I use this method with quite a few of my recipes and I can taste the difference immediately.

You can make this dish early in the morning, chill in the refrigerator and about an hour before dinner, bake it for the second time. Or even better, start the night before ... totally up to you, but it needs around 6 - 8 hours in the refrigerator between the two baking periods.

Serve with baby potatoes or tagliatelle and some veggies on the side.



750g Beef, cubed  {I use Rump}
2 TB Oil
1 TB Butter
1 Large Onion, sliced
1 Large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
250g Large Brown Mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
1/4 cup Flour
1 cup Port  {your favorite will do}
1 cup Beef Stock
1/2 t Sugar
3 Whole Cloves
3 t Garlic, crushed
1 t Oregano
Fresh Basil, to serve


1.) Pre-Heat the oven to 160 deg C (325 deg F) - spray a 20 x 30cm oven dish {with a lid or use aluminum foil to cover} with cooking oil.
2.) Heat the Oil over high heat - quickly brown the Beef in 2 or 3 batches - place in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared oven dish.
3.) Using the same pan, add the Butter to the leftover oil - saute the Onion, Bell Pepper and the Mushrooms until soft - spoon the vegetables over the Beef, but keep the pan juices.
4.) Add the Flour to the pan juices and stir-fry a minute - add the Port, Beef Stock, Sugar and Cloves - simmer a few minutes until warm and thickened - pour over the meat and vegetables in the oven dish.
5.) Cover and bake 30 minutes - remove from the oven - sprinkle over the Garlic and Oregano - give the mixture a stir and bake another 30 minutes.
6.) Remove from the oven - let cool and chill overnight or at least 6 hours in the refrigerator.
7.) Remove the dish from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you want to bake it for the final time.
8.) Bake, uncovered, at 160 deg C (325 deg F) for another one hour.
9.) Remove the Cloves and serve with Basil immediately.
Twice Baked Beef and Port ~ delicious, rich and comforting !  #Beef #Dinner #TwiceBaked

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  1. Sounds wonderful Linda! Sam would love it I'm sure! I think most dishes that contain tomato also taste better twice baked.

  2. I find this to be the case with most soups & stews too...they are often better the next day with more intense flavors.
    This dish looks so rich and flavorful. It's making my mouth water! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This look so yummy. Perfect for a cold day like today. I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (

  4. This looks delicious but if Julian heard I was making twice baked beef he would say I don't like to do it once let alone twice LOL I wish I had you to cook for me :)

  5. That looks absolutely delicious Linda. Beef and Wine are made to go together!!

  6. This looks absolutely delicious! I bet you're really itching to get back to life as normal. I hope your arm gets better soon so you can get back to cooking!

  7. This looks delicious and the perfect comfort food. Thanks for sharing at Four Seasons Blog Hop! Lynn

  8. Linda,
    This Twice Baked Beef and Port looks delicious, we would just love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  9. Sounds delicious!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime


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