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French-style beef cheeks with mushrooms

Total Time
4 hr 35 min
20 min
4 hr 15 min
Create a culinary delight with this rustic French inspired dish. Fennel, red wine, onions and green lentils are simple ingredients but give wonderful flavour to this meal.


Dried mushrooms

25 g, porcini

Beef chuck steak, raw

480 g, (Buy 600g), lean beef cheeks

Brown onion

1 medium, thinly sliced


2 clove(s), crushed


2 medium, one thinly sliced, one finely chopped


2 stick(s), thinly sliced

Swiss brown mushrooms

200 g, thickly slcied

Red wine

125 ml, (1/2 cup)

Beef stock

2 cup(s), (500ml)

Dry lentils

½ cup(s), (100g) French-style green

Olive oil

2 tsp


1 baby, finely chopped

Chicken stock

½ cup(s), (125ml)

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Place porcini in a heatproof bowl. Pour over 1 cup (250ml) boiling water. Set aside for 5 minutes to soak. Spray a non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over high heat. Cook beef for 2 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a 4.5 litre (18-cup) slow cooker.
  2. Cook onion, garlic, sliced carrot and celery in same pan, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Add Swiss mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until browned. Add to slow cooker with porcini mixture, wine and beef stock. Cook, covered, on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  3. Towards end of cooking, cook lentils in a saucepan of boiling water for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook fennel and chopped carrot, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add lentils and chicken stock and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until reduced.
  4. Using 2 forks, tear beef into large pieces. Serve with lentil mixture.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed broccolini.