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The recipe for ox cheeks in red wine
The ingredients for ox cheeks in red wine for six people: preparation: 30 minutes, cooking time: 3 hours 30 minutes. 1.5 kg ox cheeks, 250 g smoked bacon, 6 carrots, 6 onions, 4 cloves of garlic, 500 g mushrooms, 100 g butter, 1 tbsp juniper berries, 1 tsp peppercorns, 1 tbsp flour, 600 ml beef stock, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bouquet Garnish, salt.
Here’s how it works: Remove the skin and fat from the ox cheeks, then cut the meat into 5 cm pieces. Cut the bacon into wide strips. Peel and fry the onions and garlic. Halve the mushrooms.
In an ovenproof saucepan, sear the meat and bacon in the butter for 10 minutes, then remove. Fry onions, garlic, juniper and pepper in the same fat for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
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Put the meat back in, add the flour and sweat for five minutes. Add carrots and mushrooms, deglaze with stock and red wine. Add the bouquet garni, season and cook in the oven, covered, for three hours. Prick the meat with a fork, it must be very tender. If necessary, increase the cooking time (depending on the meat, the time may vary by an hour). Leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
By the way: there is also a wine recommendation for the recipe: a Cairanne, fruity and delicate with a spectrum of aromas of nuts, leather and truffles.
The recipe is from the book: Stephane Reynaud: bistro, bistro! 100% French cuisine, 250 recipes, 100 wines. Photos: Marie Pierre MorelDorling & Kindersley475 pages 39.95 euros
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