Drunken cheeky beef

Jacob Leung

Ingredients:

Serves: 4

  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 375ml Guinness beer
  • 1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 anchovies, tinned
  • 150g pickled onions
  • 1kg beef cheeks
  • litre chicken stock
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 30g butter
  • ½ cup parmesan, grated

Method:

  1. In a slow cooker add the carrot, brown onion, celery, red wine, Guinness, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, anchovies and pickled onions. Nestle the beef cheeks into the slow cooker ensuring each piece is half submerged. Season well with salt and pepper and slow cook on low for a minimum of 6 hours.
  2. To prepare the polenta, place a large pot over a medium to high heat. Bring the stock to the boil. Add the polenta in a steady stream to the pot whilst constantly stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. Once all the polenta is added, reduce to a low heat and cook for 15 minutes. Continue to stir every few minutes ensuring the polenta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Once the polenta is soft and no longer grainy, stir in the butter and parmesan.
  4. Serve the polenta in warmed bowls and top with the slow cooked beef cheeks.

Don’t have a slow cooker? No stress! Follow the method exactly the same but bake the beef in a covered casserole dish on 140°C, 120°C for fan-forced, for a minimum of 5 hours.

Our friends at Wine Selectors suggest pairing this dish with a Shiraz.

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