Spiced Beef Casserole with Plums

Spiced Beef Casserole with Plums

Serves: 6-8


  • 1kg (2lb 4oz) Scotch casserole, shoulder or featherblade beef, diced

  • 450g (1lb) large, firm plums, halved

  • 300ml (½pt) dry red wine (or water or red grape juice)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 medium sized onions, sliced

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 2 tsp ground allspice

  • 2 tsp cornflour

  • 150g carton natural yoghurt

  • Season to taste

Cooking Method

Temperature: Preheated oven 180oC / Fan 160oC / Gas Mark 4

  1. Place the plums in a saucepan with the wine. Cover and poach gently for 10 minutes or until just tender. Drain the plums reserving the liquid. When cool, stone the plums.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a saucepan and brown the beef in batches, draining and transferring to a lidded casserole. Add the onions to the hot pan and cook until softened; add to the beef. Pour the plum liquid into the hot saucepan and using a wooden spoon, scrape loose any crusty sediment. Stir in the vinegar and allspice; pour over the beef.
  3. Cover the casserole and cook for 1½ – 2 hours or until the beef is tender. Fifteen minutes before end of cooking blend the cornflour with 2 tbsp water and stir into the casserole. Spoon on the plums, cover and cook for the remaining time.
  4. Remove from the heat and just before serving gently fold the yoghurt through – taking care not to break the plums.
  5. Specially Selected shoulder of pork is a great alternative, cubed and cooked as above, maybe with apricots instead of plums. When fresh fruit is out of season use ready-to-eat dried prunes or apricots instead.

Serving suggestions

Any variety of plums, greengages too can be used in this casserole …simply delicious! Good with mashed potato for mopping up, and fresh seasonal greens.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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