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Beef Cheeks in Red Wine with Garlic Mash Recipe

Beef Cheeks in Red Wine with Garlic Mash Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

This melt in your mouth meal is so good that my family calls it ‘fancy restaurant food.’ It’s not at all difficult to prepare and the result is incredibly delicious. 

Serves: 4



  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • Small bulb fennel, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 250mL beef or chicken bone broth
  • 250mL red wine
  • 250mL water
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Good grind black pepper
  • 1kg beef cheeks (approx. 2–3 cheeks)

  • Garlic Mash
  • 3 medium Dutch cream or sebago potatoes (or any good mashing potato), peeled & diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled & diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & halved
    2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp sea salt
    Black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. In small or narrow ovenproof dish with lid add onion, garlic, celery, fennel, carrot, thyme, bay leaves, broth, wine, water, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Add beef cheeks and submerge in liquid.
  4. Cover dish tightly with lid or foil and place in the oven for 2 hours.
  5. Turn cheeks, replace lid and return to oven for further 1½ hours. Remove lid, turn cheeks again and cook without lid for final 30 mins.
  6. Twenty mins before beef cheeks are ready, prepare mash by placing potato, sweet potato and garlic into saucepan and covering with water. Bring to boil and cook for 10 mins or until potato is soft when a knife is inserted.
  7. Once cooked, drain and mash with the butter or ghee and seasoning until creamy.
  8. Serve immediately with the beef cheeks on top of mash and side of steamed greens.
  9. Tip: I often add a steam basket on top of the mash while it’s cooking to steam some vegetables like broccoli, beans or brussels sprouts to accompany the meal.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.