Best Ever Braised Sirloin Tips
Braising the beef in the oven means you don't need to watch it while it simmers.
2 1/2 lbbeef sirloin tip roast (or similar lean cut)
1/2 tspblack pepper, freshly ground
3 to 4 Tbspbeef fat (or vegetable oil)
1 largesweet onion, finely chopped
4 largecloves garlic
1/2 cdry red wine (merlot works well)
1 Tbspsoy sauce
1 1/2 cwater
2 Tbspbeef demi-glace paste
2 Tbspcornstarch dissolved in about 1/4 cup water
·salt, if needed to adjust final flavor
How to Make Best Ever Braised Sirloin Tips
- Preheat the oven to 300F.
- Cut the beef into 1 inch (or slightly smaller) cubes, discarding any fat or gristle. Most of the "silver skin" can remain as it will melt in the long cooking.
- Toss the beef in the black pepper.
- Using a large Dutch oven or similar oven-safe pan with cover, melt 2 Tbl of the beef fat on medium-high heat. Brown the beef in small batches, adding fat as necessary. Adjust the heat to prevent the pan drippings from burning. Remove the last of the beef from the pan.
- Discard any excess fat leaving enough in the pan to lightly saute the onions and garlic. Cook the onions and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring to coat them with the pan drippings.
- Stir together the wine, soy sauce, water and demi-glace paste until the paste is dissolved.
- Add the browned beef cubes and the liquids to the onions and garlic and bring to a simmer.
- Cover and simmer in the oven for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is fork tender.
- Continue to simmer on top of the stove and slowly add the dissolved cornstarch, stirring to prevent lumps. This should quickly thicken the liquid to a rich gravy. Simmer another minute, if the gravy has not thickened to your liking, add more dissolved cornstarch but be careful! Too much cornstarch will turn the gravy into a sticky goo.
- Taste and adjust with salt if needed.
- Serve hot over rice, potatoes or noodles.