Globe. We braised beef cheeks in red wine and served them over fingerling potatoes with sauteed mushrooms and bacon.
Beef cheeks are absolutely amazing when braised until they are fork tender, but they can be pretty hard to find, even at a good butcher shop. For that reason, I use a different cut in this recipe: flat iron steak. This cut can also be a bit hard to find, but it's gaining popularity. It's inexpensive and is perfect for braising. Ask your butcher to trim off the white membrane and then cut it into 1" steaks. If you can't find beef cheeks or flat iron steak, go with short ribs. They are a bit more expensive, but are a very flavorful cut.
To call this recipe boeuf bourguinon is a real stretch because the only thing it actually has in common with the classic French stew is that the beef is braised in red wine. Really, I just love the texture of braised beef, but I find it so much more satisfying to have one hulking piece of meat on my plate. You'll find that the melting texture of the beef goes perfectly with the creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes from my previous post. The beef takes 3 hours to cook, so I suggest you try putting it together on a Saturday night while making that night's dinner and then warm it up the following day in the braising liquid for a lazy Sunday dinner. A braise like this also works well for a dinner party. You can prepare it early in the day and then when your guests arrive all you will have to do is reheat everything and serve.
Serves 5, prep time 30 minutes, cooking time 3 1/2 hours
1 kg flat iron steak, cut into 5 steaks
3 white onions
2 cloves garlic
450g (1lbs) carrots, peeled
1 bottle red wine, cabernet sauvignon
3 tablespoons tomato paste
225g (1/2lbs) extra fine green beans
900g mashed potatoes
vegetable oil, salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 450F
1. Cut the onions and garlic in half. Roughly chop half the carrots and reserve the rest for garnish. Put the vegetables on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Roast in the oven until golden brown. About 15 minutes. When the vegetables are done, lower the oven to 350F.