BEEF CHEEKS

BEEF CHEEKS ARE PERFECT TO ADD WARMTH TO YOUR WINTER. THIS CUT, WHEN COOKED LONG AND SLOW, RESULTS IN TENDER, JUICY AND FLAVOURSOME BEEF. EASILY COOKED IN A SLOW COOKER OR CASSEROLE DISH, THIS CUT REQUIRES MINIMUM FUSS BUT DELIVERS MAXIMUM IMPACT. 

beef cheeks

THE CUT

The beef cheek comes from the facial muscle of the cow. Throughout its life, the cow is constantly working its cheek through chewing food, and consequently the meat is tough. Once cooked correctly, all the connective tissue becomes tender and melts in the mouth. This means it needs to be braised or cooked long and slowly.
 

HOW TO COOK

Beef cheeks are a delicious cut that produce a tender result. They can be cooked casserole style or in a slow cooker. In a casserole dish, add a dash of oil and place over a medium-high heat. Season the beef cheeks, place in casserole dish and brown on both sides. Lower the heat and add another dash of oil. Return browned beef cheeks to the casserole dish along with liquid stock, and place in the oven to cook for 3-3 ½ hours or until the beef cheeks are almost falling apart. Stir halfway through cooking and check seasoning as required. For slow cooker cooking, brown beef cheeks first and then add liquid stock and cook on low for 8 hours. 

NUTRIENT COMPOSITION

(per 100g)*
Energy (kJ) 522
Energy (kcal) 124
Protein (g) 20.9
Total Fat (g) 4.6
Saturated Fat (g) 1.6
Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 0.2
Omega 3 (g) 0.096
Monounsaturated Fat (g) 2.2
Cholesterol (mg) 53.5
Sodium (mg) 51
Iron (mg) 2.0
Zinc (mg) 2.7
Vitamin B12 (ug) 1.4
Vitamin D3 (ug) 0.12
25-OH Vitamin D3 (ug) 0.065
Selenium (ug) 2.7
Consider nutrition information of other ingredients added while cooking.
Source: The Concentration of Selected Nutrients in New Zealand Beef and Lamb Cuts and Offal Items, 2nd edition. Massey University, May 2013.
   
* Based on BRISKET, RAW, LEAN.
BEEF DIAGRAM BEEFCHEEK
  • EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROTEIN (contains at least 10g/serve)   
  • EXCELLENT SOURCE OF VITAMIN B12 (contains at least 25% of the recommended daily intake for adults) 
  • EXCELLENT SOURCE OF ZINC (contains at least 25% of the recommended daily intake for adults)
  • SOURCE OF IRON (contains at least 10% of the recommended daily intake for adults)
  • LOW SODIUM (contains less than 120mg/100g)
 

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