Joan's in the Park Beef Cheek Braise

Joan's in the Park is a new style fine-dining restaurant and wine bar located at 631 Snelling Avenue in St. Paul's Highland Park. It was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the United States for 2015 by Open Table.

Joan's in the Park Beef Cheek Braise
• 10lb Beef cheek cleaned and trimmed
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 cup chopped celery
• 1 cup chopped carrot
• 1 cup red wine
• ½ cup port wine
• ¼ cup dark brown sugar
• 3 ea bay leaves
• 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
• ¾ tbl kosher salt
• 1 cup stock
Salt and pepper as needed

Salt and pepper the beef cheeks and brown them on high heat in a large sauté pan in batches. As they finish browning, add them to a medium stock pot.
Using the same large sauté pan add the red wine and de glaze the pan. Add the port and brown sugar and cook for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the onion, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns, kosher salt, and stock to the stockpot with the browned beef cheeks.Once the wine mixture reduces add it to the stockpot. Add just enough water to cover all the ingredients and cook on high heat until it just reaches a boil.
Turn the heat to low, cover and cook at a simmer for 2 ½ hours until tender