Beef Cheek & Pepper Stew Simon Gault 16 June 2015 Ingredients Ingredients 2kg beef cheeks 3 large carrots, roughly diced 2 medium-sized onions, roughly diced 4 large stalks celery, roughly diced 1 bottle Antinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico 30g black peppercorns 8 sprigs of thyme 2 sprigs of rosemary 2 tsp salt 100g plain flour 4 tbsp Pukara extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 4 bay leaves 6 green olives, roughly chopped 3 litres Simon Gault Home Cuisine beef stock (Mix 150ml of beef stock concentrate with 3 litres of hot water) black pepper 6 sprigs of thyme Ingredients Instructions Instructions Beef Cheeks Trim the beef cheeks of any fat and obvious sinew. Place the carrots, onion and celery in a large saucepan or bowl. Place the beef cheeks on top, then pour the wine over the contents so the cheeks are submerged. Add the peppercorns, thyme and rosemary. Cover and leave to marinate overnight. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove the beef cheeks from the marinade and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towels. Strain the wine into a clean saucepan and place over a medium–high heat and reduce by half. Reserve the marinated vegetables and herbs for later use. Season the meat with salt, dredge in the flour and pat o the excess. Heat the oil until shimmering in a sauté pan. Add the meat and sear on all sides until brown. Instructions Transfer to a casserole dish along with the reserved vegetables and herbs. Add the garlic, reduced wine, bay leaves, olives and the Simon Gault Home Cuisine beef stock. Cover and cook in the oven for 2½–3 hours, checking and maintaining the fluid level throughout (test for tenderness and moistness after 2½ hours). When the meat is ready, remove from the cooking liquor and set aside, covered. Pour the liquor into a saucepan, bring to the boil and reduce until it is of sauce consistency. Strain and taste, adjusting the seasoning to your personal preference. Assembly Reheat the beef cheeks in the sauce. Divide the meat between six heated plates. Spoon the sauce over each portion and serve with an extra grind of black pepper. Garnish each with a sprig of fresh thyme.