Beef Cheeks in Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower Purée - Chef Recipe by José Pizarro
Beef Cheeks in Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower Purée - Chef Recipe by José Pizarro

Beef Cheeks in Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower Purée - Chef Recipe by José Pizarro


Ingredients

"Generally people think that beef cheeks are a Winter dish, but I have to say, I love them all year round. This is an easy recipe, but it takes a little time as you need to marinate the cheeks overnight. It's really worth it though, to get those deep, earthy flavours. I strongly suggest that you use a good-quality wine as it makes such a difference to the flavour. For extra bite and texture, I sometimes like to add some toasted flaked almonds on top, to finish it off." - José Pizarro.

Beef Cheeks:

1kg beef cheeks, cut into large chunks
1 bottle of Rioja
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 bay leaf
Few sprigs of thyme
3 garlic cloves, peeled
10 black peppercorns
Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
200mL fresh beef stock

Cauliflower Purée:

1 cauliflower, broken into florets
500mL full-fat (whole) milk
50g unsalted butter
Sea salt and white pepper

Method

Beef Cheeks:

Marinate the beef with all the ingredients except for the oil, seasoning and stock, and chill in the fridge overnight. The next day, drain the beef and vegetables, reserving the wine, and set aside.

Heat a good layer of oil in a large pan, season the beef with salt and black pepper and fry in batches until browned all over.

Transfer to a casserole dish. Discard most of the oil from the pan, then add in the vegetables and fry for 15 minutes until quite tender. Tip into the casserole dish with the beef. Pour in the reserved wine and top up with enough stock to cover.

Put the lid on, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 1/2–3 hours until really tender and falling apart.

Cauliflower Purée:

Put the florets into a pan and cover with the milk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until tender. Drain, reserving the milk. Use a hand blender and whiz with 50mL–100mL of the reserved milk and the butter until smooth and glossy. Season with salt and white pepper. Serve the beef on a good dollop of cauliflower purée, and top with some of the red wine sauce.

Credits: This is an edited extract from Basque by José Pizarro published by Hardie Grant $49.99 available in stores nationally.

Photo Credits: This is an edited extract from Basque by José Pizarro published by Hardie Grant $49.99 available in stores nationally.


More Recipes

Mapo Ramen: Sichuan Spiced Tofu Noodles - Chef Recipe by Tim Anderson

The recent trend of ‘mapo ramen’ in Tokyo: a combination of a traditional Chinese dish (mapo tofu) w...

Heirloom Tomato, Padron and Goats' Curd Salad - Chef Recipe by Matthew Evans

The padrón pepper is a Spanish chilli, which, through some quirk, is only hot about 10–20 per cent o...

Denarau Punch

With a deep body of Shiraz and light overtones of fruit, mint and bitters.