I was irritated by meat prices and the revulsion my fellow Americans have with "Offal" meats.. hehe.. so I bought some beef cheeks super cheap at an
international market in St Louis and tried a recipe I tweaked a little. OMG... this meat is tender, wonderful, tasty. Im going to try more things
people dont want to eat. LOL! Seriously though, Ive traveled extensively and lived for periods of times in other countries. There are more parts to
the cow than our local butcher and grocery seems to realize that are wonderful. Id been back home and thought Id try the "nose to tail" eating... IE
waste nothing. Im telling you.. this is WONDERFUL and I cant believe that this isnt offered in restaurants or more folks dont know to eat this part.
about 3 or 4 lbs of Beef cheeks, trim the fat off for the most part.
Set the cheeks in a container and season with just sea salt and fresh pepper.
Chop up celery, carrots, whole onion, and garlic.
Fry some bacon or hog jowel and when there is enough grease, add the cheeks to brown them.
remove the cheeks and bacon
Add the cut veg to the grease and cook until a little browned
while your pan is hot, add in the cheeks and cover it all with beef broth and about 2 cups of red wine ( I used a local wine.. St James in Mo)
bring to boil and turn to simmer.. cook them until they and the veg are tender.
While youre cooking the above, boil 6 cups o f water with sea salt ( I used about 3 teaspoons) when boiling, slowly whisk in 1 3/4 cups of corm meal
and turn to simmer. Add in about 4 TSP of unsalted butter and some garlic powder and pepper if you like. I do.
Stir occassionally until the polenta
is firm and remove from heat.
When the cheeks are tender.. several hrs.. serve it hot over the polenta. You can fry the polenta if you like, but I just keep it a mush. I served
skinned and long sliced fried yellow squash in panko breading as a side
Truly, this was so good and the family loved it so much Im going back into the city tomorrow and buying a bunch of cheapo cheeks and freezing them.
What a treat this was!!
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