Braised Beef Recipe with Balsamic and Cheesy Polenta

Balsamic braised beef with cheesy polenta

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Take beef shin to the next level by braising in rich balsamic and slow cooking until meltingly tender. Serve with smooth, cheesy polenta for a comforting Sunday lunch



  • shin of beef 500g, cut into chunky pieces
  • carrots 4, halved lengthways
  • beef stock 400ml, hot
  • balsamic vinegar 125ml
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
  • sundried tomato purée 3 tbsp
  • demerara sugar 2 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp
  • thyme 3 sprigs
  • bay leaves 3
  • roasted red peppers from a jar 350g, drained and sliced
  • flat-leaf parsley ½ a small bunch, roughly chopped (optional)


  • instant polenta 200g
  • mature cheddar 100g, grated
  • Grana Padano 25g, finely grated


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Put the beef and carrots in a casserole. Whisk together the stock, vinegar, garlic, tomato purée, sugar and worcestershire sauce. Season with black pepper and pour over the beef, then tuck in the thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Cover and cook in the oven for 3 hours.

  • Step 2

    After 3 hours, remove the lid and return to the oven for another 30 minutes to reduce the braising liquid.

  • Step 3

    Lift the beef from the casserole to another dish and use two forks to shred. Taste the braising liquid – if it’s a little thin and watery still, bubble for a few minutes on the hob to reduce. Discard the herbs, then season. Return the beef to the casserole and stir through the sauce. Keep warm.

  • Step 4

    Make up the instant polenta following pack instructions, then remove from the heat and stir through the cheddar and Grana Padano with lots of seasoning until melted.

  • Step 5

    Heat a frying pan over a high heat and dry-fry the sliced peppers for 2-3 minutes until charring and heated through.

  • Step 6

    Spoon the cheesy polenta onto 4 plates, top with the braised beef and gravy, carrots, and the sliced peppers on the side, then scatter over some parsley to finish, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 504
  • Fat 23.1g
  • Saturates 11.7g
  • Carbs 32.2g
  • Sugars 21.3g
  • Fibre 3.6g
  • Protein 40.2g
  • Salt 2g