Slow Cooked Cinnamon Beef Cheeks with Cauliflower Cream

Slow Cooked Cinnamon Beef Cheeks with Cauliflower Cream

Photo: Eat Drink Paleo

A very flavoursome dish which needs a rich wine to balance the meal. The Cauliflower Cream is an imaginative alternative to the expected mashed potato and just as good.

For best results decant the wine a couple of hours before, this will allow the bouquet to be at it's best.


4 200 gram beef cheeks
1 tablespoon olive oil
200 g swiss brown mushrooms
1 carrot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 brown onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon each fresh thyme leaves and rosemary leaves, chopped roughly
2 cinnamon sticks
i teaspoon vanilla powder
i tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1 cup dry sherry

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium - high heat and brown the meat for 2 minutes each side. Place the rest of the ingredients on top in order listed, stir the vegetables lightly, cover and cook in an oven at 150°C for 4 - 6 hours.


Cauliflower Cream

1/2 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons butter

Half an hour before serving, put the cauliflower, cream and butter in a saucepan and season to taste with salt, then cover and cook over a low heat for 35 minutes. Blend or use a potato masher until smooth. Serve cheeks with steamed beans or zucchini.

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