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Joues de Boeuf aux Agrumes

Beef Cheeks Braised in Red Wine with Orange Zest

Serves 4
  • Active time:45 min
  • Start to finish:3 1/4 hr
September 2008
The flavor of the wine looms large in this meaty braise, lending an extraordinary savoriness to the melt-in-your-mouth carrots. For more recipes inspired by the City of Light, visit our Paris City Guide.
  • 2 lb beef cheeks or boneless beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb baby carrots, peeled
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine
  • 6 to 8 (3- by 1-inch) strips of orange zest
  • Preheat oven to 350° with rack in middle.
  • If using chuck, cut across grain into 4 pieces.
  • Pat beef dry and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Heat oil in a 4- to 6-qt heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown beef on all sides, 6 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to a plate with tongs.
  • Add onions, carrots, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine and zest and bring to a boil. Add beef and return to a boil. Cover pot and braise in oven until meat is very tender, 2 to 4 hours (beef cheeks take longer than chuck). Season with salt and pepper. Serve beef with carrots and sauce.