What are beef cheeks?

Author: Lisa Featherby
Photography: William Meppem

What exactly are beef 'cheeks'?
Lisa Featherby, Gourmet Traveller food editor, writes:

As you might expect, beef cheeks are the facial cheek muscle of a cow. The cheek is working almost constantly through the animal's life, chewing cud, so it's tough, but all that connective tissue transforms into melting, meaty goodness when it's braised or otherwise cooked low and slow. There's a good chance you'll need to order beef cheeks ahead from your butcher. If they're available, beef brisket or boneless beef shin cut into pieces of the same size make a good substitute.

Want to give it a try? Here are some of our favourite beef cheek recipes.

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