This slow-cooked beef is braised in a nice red wine sauce until tender and you can eat it with a spoon! The broiling liquid in this beef recipe is infused with great flavor and turns into a thick, sweet gravy-like gravy when pureed.
Perfectly served with creamy mashed potatoes, this dish is a great dish for an elegant dinner or a hearty midweek meal. Do this in your slow cooker, pressure cooker or oven!
Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks
Here’s a great recipe to make a dish you’d find on the menu of a good restaurant using cheap beef.
is only 80% cheaper. I had lunch at one of the best restaurants over the weekend and they had beef cheeks on the menu for $35!
What are beef cheeks?
Beef is the meat of the veal cheek and is very tough meat that needs to be slow cooked for a long time to become tender. It absorbed the flavors of the frying liquid very well, and when you cut it it was like fiber, almost like pulled pork.
But beef chuck (used in goulash and goulash), unlike brisket or beef rib, has a lot of juice and some (sometimes) have a bit of dry cheeks, like meat. Every bite is juicy and delicious, my mouth is watering even as I write this!
That’s what makes them special!
What you need for this Beef Cheeks recipe
We cook well here but just go to the local grocery store! Here is what you need:
5 years ago it was cheaper and not available in supermarkets in Australia. Today, however, prices have soared thanks to shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules, but on the plus side, it’s now regularly available at supermarkets like Coles and Woolies!
If you can’t find the beef cheek, any other slow-cooked beef will do just as well – short ribs would be an ideal alternative. Cut them into 250g/8oz pieces to use the same cooking time and liquid as in this recipe.
RED WINE FOR COOKING
My Slow Cooked Beef Cheek recipe is made with a classic Italian red wine steaming liquid. The full-bodied, warm, delicate flavors of red wine are perfect for slow-cooked meat dishes.
Go to your local wine shop, find a good brand and buy a full-bodied red like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
My most frustrating guide describes how to use good wine for slow cookers. I don’t believe this at all for slow cookers—and the NYT agrees.
For ready-made sauces, yes, absolutely. But not for casseroles. I bet even the world’s largest grocery store can’t tell if this is a $5 discount or a $40 Reserve Cab Sav. (Really. Who spends $40 a bottle of wine on a slow-cooked beef recipe?
You do not use the whole bottle. If the wine doesn’t meet your drinking standards, measure the glass and pour into a ziplock bag and freeze. This is handy when you need alcohol in other recipes!
How to make this Beef Cheeks Recipe
While slow cooking takes time, this is a super easy recipe:
- Brown Beef Cheek Positive – that’s the key to flavor!
- Saute garlic, onion, carrot and celery – three soffrito, base of sauce;
- Add the frying ingredients; Boiling for 8 hours, 1 hour in a pressure cooker / In a ready-made pot;
- To thicken the sauce
- Gravy veal over creamy mashed potatoes (happy Paris Mash!) or a low-carb option, Mashed Cauliflower.