Recipe: Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks

Beef Cheeks are great for slow cooking and match so perfectly with red wine.  You can also use other slow cooked cuts like gravy beef, skirt or even osso bucco in this recipe.


  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 600g (4) beef cheeks or gravy beef or osso bucco
  • 1 onion, roughly diced
  • 2-3 celery stalks with leaves, roughly diced
  • 1 large carrot, roughly diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 stems fresh thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 500ml red wine (I used Cabernet Merlot)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning the beef cheeks


  • Cut any membrane off the beef cheeks, pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tbsps olive oil in fry pan on high heat.  Sear the beef cheeks on each side until browned and remove to plate.  Work in batches so as to not over crowd your pan.
  • Turn heat down to medium-high and heat 1 tbsp olive oil.  Add garlic, onion, carrot and celery and saute for 4-6 mins.
  • Pour the onion mixture into the bottom of the slow cooker and place browned beef cheeks on top.
  • Pour the red wine into the fry pan to deglaze and then pour into slow cooker.  Add all other ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Carefully remove beef cheeks from slow cooker to a plate.  Remove thyme stems and bay leaves.  Using a stick blender, puree the liquid into a smooth sauce.
  • Serve with cauliflower mash and a sprinkle of parsley.
About Michele Lyons
Michele Lyons spent 25 years working in the corporate environment with 10 years as an Executive Assistant at a senior level. A couple of years ago Michele decided to forgo the long hours in the city to work closer to home and spend more time with her two teenage boys. Michele started working with us at the Farmers Markets and her excellent organisation skills meant she quickly moved into the office. Since Michele joined The Free Range Butcher her role has expanded to include all things administration, recipe testing, inspirational ideas, marketing, communications and all round keeping the team organised and on track. As long as Michele’s has had her morning coffee you can ask her anything!

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