Beef cheek comes from the cows’ facial muscle not their butt cheek. It is well developed from all the ‘cud chewing’ they do & it packed with gelatin-rich connective tissue making it a pretty tough cut to throw on the BBQ but perfect for slow cooking. Gelatin is brilliant for the health of our skin, hair, nails, digestion, immune system & joints. This would also be delicious served with Cauliflower Mash.
For the Cous Cous-
1/2 cup (about 100g) pistachios (or slivered almonds) lightly toasted
1 head cauliflower, ‘riced’ by pulsing chunks in the food processor while raw to achieve the consistancy of rice. Don’t over-blend it or it will turn to mush.
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup (100g) chopped dried apricots
Handful chopped mint
Handful chopped coriander
2-3 eshallots, finely chopped
1 tsp Garam Marsala
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
For the Beef-
4 beef cheeks
1 cup (250ml) red wine (optional but delicious)
400g chopped tinned tomatoes
2 cups (500ml) stock- chicken or beef
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs cinnamon
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbs coconut oil or ghee
1 red onion, finely diced
Preheat oven to 120C. In your crockpot heat the oil/ghee & brown the beef cheeks on both sides then remove. Add the onion, garlic & sauté until onion is translucent then add remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Add the beef cheeks back in & pop in the oven for about 4hrs. Remove the lid for the last hour to help some of the liquid thicken. If using a slow cooker you can just brown the beef cheeks in a pan, then sauté the onion & garlic & pop everything straight into the slow cooker on low for 6-8hrs, you can also leave the lid off for the last 2 hrs if you like to help thicken the sauce. If you do have excess liquid left over you can freeze it & add it to soups.
For the cous cous, heat the coconut oil in a frypan & sauté the cauliflower ‘cous cous’ until it is just cooked then remove from heat. In a big bowl mix the mint, coriander, eshallots, apricots & nuts. In a small jar or cup mix/shake together the olive oil, cumin, garam marsala, lemon juice & apple cider vinegar to for your dressing. Add the cauliflower cous cous to the big bowl with the herbs etc, pour over the dressing & mix well to combine.
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