Recipe: Coffee Marinated Beef With Maple Slaw


Ben's trip to Costa Rica last year inspired this slow-cooked beef recipe. The very savoury and slightly bitter flavours of coffee and chicory balance beautifully with the maple coleslaw.


  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp brown sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 kg beef braising steak
  • 1 mug beef stock
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 head chicory/endive
  • 1/2 small white cabbage
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 portion tomato bread to serve
make the marinade

Step 1

Make The Marinade

Peel and dice the onion, then mince the garlic and the rosemary. Throw the onion, garlic, rosemary, coffee, brown sauce, tomato purée, brown sugar and dried chilli into a bowl and mix well.

marinate the beef

Step 2

Marinate The Beef

Chuck the beef into the bowl and toss it to coat all over. Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge for a few hours or ideally overnight.

preheat the oven

Step 3

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

cook the beef

Step 4

Cook The Beef

Place the marinated beef into a deep roasting tray. Pour the stock over the beef to half cover the meat, then cover the tray in foil. Stick the beef in the oven and cook for 3 hours.

make the slaw

Step 5

Make The Slaw

Grate the carrots, slice the endive and shred the cabbage into a bowl. Dollop in the mayonnaise along with the maple syrup, white wine vinegar and cumin. Mix the slaw well, season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside in the fridge.

take off the foil

Step 6

Take Off The Foil

Remove the beef from the oven after 3 hours and take off the tin foil. Turn the oven up to 220°C and return the tray to the oven for another 15 minutes.

serve everything up!

Step 7

Serve Everything Up!

Serve it all up when the beef is slightly blackened with a big bowl of slaw, a loaf of tomato bread and plenty of napkins! Serves 4

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