Slow-braised Gravy Beef in Red wine

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I’m not into alcohol and I’ve never cooked with alcohol before, but when I saw the pictures accompanying the slow braised beef cheeks recipe from the Good Food website I couldn’t resist trying it. I didn’t follow all of the recipe though, I just adapted it and did it my way.

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The result was very good and I’m really happy with it. The meat melted in my mouth and the sauce tasted so good. The original recipe is here

Ingredients

• 4 tbsp olive oil

• 1.5kg beef cheeks, trimmed

• 200g speck, thickly sliced

• 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped

• 4 carrots, peeled and sliced

• 4 celery stalks, sliced

• 4 garlic cloves, peeled

• 500ml red wine

• 400ml chicken stock or water

• 2 tbsp tomato paste

• 4 anchovy fillets

• 2 bay leaves

• 4 thyme sprigs

• 2 rosemary sprigs

• 1 tsp sea salt

• ½ tsp cracked black pepper

• Extra herbs for serving

Method

1. Heat the oven to 150 degrees. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a heavy pan and sear the beef cheeks in batches over medium heat on all sides, until you get a nice crust.

2. Remove the beef, add remaining olive oil and cook the speck, leeks, carrots, celery and garlic, tossing well for 5 minutes. Add the red wine and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the stock, tomato paste, anchovies, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, sea salt and pepper.

3. Return the beef cheeks to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Tightly cover, transfer to the oven, and cook for 4½ hours, or until tender.

Highlights

  •  I used gravy beef instead of beef cheek as it easier to find, but one day I will try this recipe using beef cheeks.
  • No speck and no anchovy fillets were used in my version.

I will definitely cook this again.

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