|THIS BEEF DAUBE IS DELISH!|
I've been away for about 6 months and am so happy to be back...trying to adjust back to my previous schedule which included cooking with friends and blogging. Missed you all and all your great ideas and suggestions!
I admit that when I read about cooking beef cheeks for dinner I was ready to skip another recipe. I probably could have found them...the Mexican store meat department sells everything...nothing wasted. But, I struggle to walk through their meat cases where they often have cow or pig's whole heads and other scary items...gives me nightmares. But as my adopted Russian daughter once told me, Americans are the only ones in the world who don't use EVERYTHING...so I guess Beef cheeks are just ordinary fare for some...and might even be tasty, but........
So I purchased a small chuck roast, as suggested by Dorie, and I must say today's challenge recipe makes a delicious roast. I cut the roast into pieces about 2" X 3" which I figured would fit well onto my plated dish. And the other change I made was to use up some potatoes.
Hubby thought he was helping when at Thanksgiving he brought home several bags of cheap potatoes...after I had done all the shopping and had our potatoes. They were only 79 cents for a 20 pound bag so he thought I'd need a few. And they are rather gross potatoes. Not uniform in size and a little gnarly looking. So I use them at every opportunity in some kind of disguise. For today I cooked and seasoned and mashed up a bunch for the bottom of our bowls. Then I topped the potatoes with the braised roast chunks and then added the carrot-pasta mixture. It is delicious and hearty, and a nice change from all the turkey leftover cooking.
I've had Mexican dishes where chocolate is used as a seasoning and I love these foods, however, I've never added chocolate to my "daubes." This chocolate addition is a great idea. We love it! It adds a rich and sweet flavor to this dish.
I'm excited to see what you all have done. Happy Holidays to everyone. I can't believe that December begins tomorrow.