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Beer Braised Beef Cheek


4 servings

Likened to pot roast, this oh-so-tender beef cheek pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes and a steamed veggie. Learn more about MetroCooking DC 2016!


  • 1 (12-ounce) package prunes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley stems
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 (12-ounce) beef cheeks, trimmed of excess fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles stout beer
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and large diced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch rapini, trimmed

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. Combine prunes and next 10 ingredients (through celery root) in a large oven-proof Dutch oven with a lid. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season the beef cheeks on all sides with the salt and pepper. Sear beef on both sides until well browned and caramelized. Add beef cheeks to the top of the prune mixture. Pour beer over beef cheeks, cover and bake for 3 hours or until beef is tender. Remove beef from pan and set aside to keep warm. Strain the braising liquid through a fine-meshed strainer. Discard any solids and transfer braising liquid to a small saucepan. Cook until liquid is reduced by half. Set aside.

  3. Add sweet potatoes to a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender and falling apart. Puree in food processor with heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat oil in a large skill over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often until well caramelized, about 30 minutes.

  5. Blanch rapini in boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to icewater to cool. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper.

  6. To assemble, divide sweet potato puree onto 4 plates, place rapini and beef cheeks on each plate, top with caramelized onions and cooking jus.