Beef cheeks with creamy goat cheese polenta and charred broccolini

Beef Cheek Recipe 

Recipe by Kelly Gibney

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Beef Cheeks
6 shallots – peel and diced
4 cloves garlic – finely diced
1 medium carrot – peeled and diced
1 stalk celery – peeled and finely diced
3 cups fresh beef broth or 3-6 tsp bone broth powder with 3 cups water
1 cup red wine
Zest of 1 orange
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves.
800 grams beef cheeks (approx. 2 pieces)
Olive oil for sautéing 

Polenta
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup instant polenta
50 gram butter
½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
50 grams goat cheese

Charred Broccolini
400 grams broccolini
Olive oil for sautéing
Sea salt

Meat Method

Preheat oven to 140 degrees Celsius.

Heat a generous glug of olive oil over a medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, carrot and celery. Cook gently for 5-7 minutes until the shallots are translucent. Add to your casserole dish (one with a lid is ideal).

Meanwhile, heat the broth, wine and orange zest until boiling. Remove from the heat and add the thyme leaves.

Season the pieces of meat well. Increase the temperature of the pan to medium high. Add more oil if necessary and brown on the meat on all sides.

Add the meat and the stock to your casserole dish. If you do not have a tight fitting lid, use tinfoil to over well.

Cook for 4-4.5 hours until meltingly tender.

Remove the pieces of meat gently. If your casserole dish can be used over direct heat, place the liquid over a high heat and simmer until the liquid has thickened (roughly 10 minutes).  You can also pour the liquid into a large saucepan and reduce this way. Strain the sauce if you’d prefer to have no small vegetable pieces in it. Taste the thickened liquid and season to taste.

Combine meat and the liquid again.

Polenta Method

Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the polenta slowly, whisking constantly until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Reduce the heat and cook for 3 minutes. Add the butter, parmesan and goat cheese. Stir well and season to taste.

Broccolini Method

Trim any leaves on the stem. Steam for a minute or two until slightly softened. Drain well on a tea towel. Heat a generous glug of olive oil over a medium high heat. Add the broccolini and cook for a couple of minutes until each stem is browned on a few points. Season well with sea salt and serve immediately.