For the beef cheeks
4 large beef cheeks
2 onions, roughly chopped
5 carrots, 4 left whole, 1 cut into chunks
1 bulb of garlic, cut in half
3 sprigs thyme
2 x 500ml/18fl oz bottle porter beer
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
150g/5½ oz butter
750ml/1¼ pint beef stock
5 star anise
50g/1¾oz caster sugar
For the mash
1kg/2lb 4oz floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
150ml/5fl oz full-fat milk or cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the beef cheeks, place the cheeks in a large bowl with the
onions, chopped carrot, garlic and thyme. Pour over the beer, cover
and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours, but preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Lift the beef cheeks out from the vegetables, pat dry, then season
with salt and pepper. Reserve the marinade.
Heat a large casserole or ovenproof pan until hot, add the olive oil
and a knob of the butter. When foaming, add the beef cheeks two at
a time and fry on each side until browned. Remove and set aside.
Return the beef to the pan with the reserved marinade and add the
Bring to a simmer then cover with a lid, leaving the lid slightly ajar so
you have a 1cm/½in gap at the side. Cook in the oven for 4-5 hours.
Meanwhile, put the whole carrots, star anise, 100g/3½oz of the
butter, a pinch of salt and the sugar into a pan and add enough water
to just cover. Set on a low heat and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until
the carrots are tender and glazed.
less than 30 mins
over 2 hours
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Remove the casserole from the oven and strain the sauce into a
saucepan, then place over the heat and cook until the volume of
liquid has reduced and is thick enough to just coat the back of a
Whisk in the remaining butter until the sauce is shiny. Season with
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
For the mash, place the potatoes into a pan of cold, salted water
and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15
minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Drain and return to the pan, then place over a low heat for a couple
of minutes to dry the potatoes slightly.
Meanwhile, put the butter and milk into a saucepan and simmer
until the butter is melted.
Pass the potatoes through a ricer, then add the hot butter and milk
(or cream) and beat to form a very smooth mash. Season, to taste,
with salt and black pepper.
To serve, lift out the beef cheeks and place in shallow bowls. Spoon
the mash alongside and finish with a generous ladleful of sauce.