Slow cooked beef cheeks in red wine sauce on creamy mashed potato
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Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks

Recipe video above. These slow cooked beef cheeks are so meltingly tender that you can eat them with a spoon. And the sauce is so flavourful you'll want to drink it out of a cup! This recipe makes enough to serve 6 people, made with 6 small beef cheeks (or share 4 large ones). Leftovers are brilliant to freeze, or turn into a quick Ragu to toss through pasta or making a Pie!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef cheeks, beef cheeks recipe, slow cooked beef cheeks
Servings: 6
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil , separated
  • 1.5 kg/3lb beef cheeks , (4 large or 6 small beef cheeks)
  • 1 onion (white, brown or yellow), roughly diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk , roughly diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 carrot , roughly diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 6 stems of fresh thyme or 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 4 dried bay leaves (or 3 fresh bay leaves)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef stock (broth)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) red wine (full bodied eg. cabernet sauvignon or merlot)
  • 2 - 3 tsp salt , separated
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the beef cheeks: cut off any large, fatty membrane. Pat dry then use 1 tsp of salt and black pepper to season the beef all over.
  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pot over high heat. Sear half the beef cheeks on each side until nicely browned. Remove beef cheeks onto a plate, repeat with remaining cheeks.
  • Turn down the heat to medium high and heat the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and onion. Sauté for 3 minutes until onion is becoming translucent.
  • Add the celery and carrot,s sauté for a further 3 minutes.
  • Follow directions for your chosen cooking method below.

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Pour the onion mixture into the slow cooker and place the beef cheeks on top.
  • Pour the wine into the pot and return to heat. Turn the heat up to high, bring to simmer and let it simmer for 1 minute (to cook out the wine a bit). Scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan so it mixes in with the wine.
  • Pour the wine into the slow cooker, then all the remaining ingredients, starting with a pinch of salt and pepper (add more to taste later).
  • Cook in the slow cooker on Low for 8 hours or High for 6 hours for 250g/8oz size beef cheeks or Low for 10 - 12 hours or High for 8 hours for 350g/12oz beef cheeks.
  • Open the slow cooker and remove the beef cheeks. Discard the thyme stems and bay leaves.
  • Use a handheld stick blender to puree the braising liquid into a smooth Sauce - it will change from a dark brown to a lighter brown colour.
  • Transfer liquid into saucepan, simmer on stove on medium high until the Sauce turns a darker brown colour and reduces by about 1/4 to 1/3, to a gravy consistency - about 10 minutes.
  • Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) to your taste.
  • Remove from heat, return beef cheeks to the Sauce, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

Pressure Cooker Directions

  • Follow the Slow Cooker directions but cook on high in your pressure cooker for 1 hour on high for small cheeks (around 250g/8oz each).

Stovetop and Oven Directions

  • Pour the wine into the pot / casserole dish (with the onion mixture) and stir to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Bring wine to simmer for 1 minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients, starting with a pinch of salt and pepper (add more to taste later), the place lid on.
  • Stove: Simmer on medium low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the cheeks are very tender, turn at least once during cooking.
  • Oven: 160C/320F for 3 to 3 1/2 hours .
  • Remove the beef cheeks from sauce. Discard the thyme stems and bay leaves.
  • Use a handheld stick blender to puree the braising liquid into a smooth Sauce - it will change from a dark brown to a lighter brown colour.
  • Bring the Sauce to simmer over medium heat and simmer until it turns a darker brown colour and reduces by about 1/4 to 1/3, to a gravy consistency - about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) to your taste.
  • Remove from heat, return beef cheeks to the Sauce, cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

To Serve

  • Serve beef cheeks on Paris Mash (ultimate creamy mashed potato!) or Creamy Mashed Cauliflower, drizzled with a generous amount of Sauce. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

1. Size - The beef cheeks I got were unusually large, around 350g/12oz each. Great man size portions. Usually beef cheeks are around 250g/8oz each and I get 6.
2. Beef Cheeks - If you can't find beef cheeks, substitute with any other cut of beef suitable for slow cooking. Boneless beef short ribs is ideal! Cut them into 250g/8oz pieces.
3. Leftover beef cheeks and sauce can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.
4. Nutrition per serving, excluding mashed potato.

Nutrition

Serving: 389g | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 2195mg | Potassium: 1143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1698IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 6mg