Being Cheeky with Beef Cheek

Cheeky? I’m sure that if I’ll do a DNA test they’ll find that I’m as British as Elizabeth Warren AKA Pocahontas is Native American, so you can call me Sir Cookalot, and I’ll use British slang.

I’m a sucker for beef on sale. I went to Walmart for something and saw beef cheek on sale, so I had to get it as I never cooked any myself. It was an excellent decision if I must say!

Get your pressure cooker ready and a couple of hours, or at least 4 hours in a regular pot.

  • Beef Cheek (mine was about 2.5lb)
  • 6-7 garlic cloves in big chunks
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 2-3 large onions chopped big
  • 1-2 shallots chopped medium
  • Carrots chopped big
  • Celery chopped medium
  • Baby Bella mushrooms chopped
  • 2 cups of cheap red wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red hot pepper
  • Allspice (not too much)
  • 2 bay leaves

Rub the meat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil and butter in the pressure cooker or pot, add garlic for a minute or too until starts to get Golden Brown (I like that song).

Add the meat and “seal”, should have a bit of a crust all over.

Take out the meat and add onions, carrots and celery and toss in the pot a bit until gets a bit brownish here and there.

Add everything else including the meat. Add water till almost covered . Close pressure cooker, bring to a boil (i.e. when pressure valve starts to release steam), lower flame and cook for a couple of hours on medium-low. Regular pot, boil for 5 minutes then cook covered for 4 hours on medium-low.

Let cool a bit so you can open the pot. Take out the meat (carefully, it will want to fall apart).

Mix well a tablespoon of flour with half a cop of cold water. Add to the pot and bring to a boil. Let cook for another minute. This thickens the sauce.

Serve and enjoy.

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