Scotch Beef Ox Cheek with ale

Scotch Beef Ox Cheek with ale



  • 1.5 kg Scotch Beef PGI ox cheeks (3 or 4 pieces), each cut in two

  • 1 tbsp mustard powder mixed with 1 tbsp flour

  • Salt and pepper

  • 85 g diced pancetta or bacon lardons

  • 200g chestnut button mushrooms

  • 20 g dried porcini mushrooms

  • 330 ml bottle pale ale

  • 300 ml beef stock

  • Juice of 1/2 an orange

  • 1 leek, cut into chunks

  • 1 small swede, peeled and cut into cubes

  • 1 bay leaf

Cooking Method

This delicious Scotch Beef Ox Cheek with ale is a perfect candidate for the slow cooker. Easy to cook and a winner with all the family.

To make the Scotch Beef Ox Cheek

Mix the mustard and flour with a pinch of salt and a few grinding of black pepper.

Pat the ox cheeks with kitchen paper to blot up any moisture, then toss with the seasoned flour.

Heat a broad shallow pan with the pancetta until the fat runs and becomes hot, turning so as not to burn it. Remove the pancetta to a plate with a slotted spoon. You may need to add an extra teaspoon or two of oil before browning the ox cheeks on all sides. Remove the ox cheeks to the slow cooker then in the same pan quickly brown the whole button mushrooms. Tip them onto the meat.

Pour the ale and orange juice into the pan with some of the beef stock, you may not need it all. Stir well to deglaze the pan,scraping up all the tasty sticky bits. Remove from the heat.

Sprinkle the little pancetta pieces and crumble the dried porcini mushrooms on top of the meat, followed by the leek and swede, evenly distributed. Wedge the bay leaf into the mix.Pour the ale mixture all over the stew and push down the pieces so that everything is very nearly submerged in the liquid. Add extra stock if necessary but don’t forget that more liquid is produced during cooking as there is no evaporation during slow cooking.

Cover the slow cooker with its lid, set the gauge to HIGH or LOW according to when you need the meal to be ready

Serving suggestions

Serve with your favourite green vegetables and some potatoes to soak up the tangy gravy, and perhaps a pot of mustard.

Cooks tip
Any leftover stew can have some extra sautéed mushrooms added, covered with puff pastry and baked as a delicious steak and ale pie.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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