This was a magic little find, I love Maple, I love Bacon and I love them together. The Sweet Beet Company are based in North East of England but the owner Lizzy grew up in Texas and Aberdeen too, which is where her inspiration has come from, you can read her story here Lizzys story. Their flavours are unique and scrumptious, I have the oak smoked apple butter to try too (can’t wait for that one).
I made their tenderloin recipe and oh WOW!…that’s all I can say….delicious…delicious!
Makes for 4
4 smoked bacon slices – chopped
4 finely chopped shallots
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 jar of maple bacon jam
500ml beef stock
200g baby spinach – finely chopped
800g Beef Fillet
125ml pinot noir red wine
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a large fry pan with the oil on medium heat, add the bacon, shallots and garlic, cook for about 4 mins.
- Add 250ml of the beef stock until it evaporates, about 5 mins then add in the spinach and cook until it wilts.
- Remove and add to a bowl, then add in the maple bacon jam and mix together, set aside.
- Preheat oven to 175 deg
- Cut beef fillet horizontally but not right through, open up like a butterfly effect, cover with cling film and pound meat with a mallet or rolling pin until about 1/2 inch thickness. Brush beef with a little olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
- Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the beef leaving about 1/2 inch around edges. Roll up like a swiss roll and tie at 2 inch intervals with twine. Brush outside of beef roll with a little oil.
- Place beef into a baking tin and bake for about 20-30 minutes. Then increase the oven temperature to 230 deg and cook for about 15-20 mins. Remove and allow to rest. Slice and serve. Oh so delicious!
- For the gravy, Combine remaining 250ml beef stock, red wine and thyme and bring to the boil. Cook until reduced (about 10-15 mins). If too thin add in some flour to thicken or cornflour. Remove from heat, add butter, gently season and mix through. Ready to serve.
This is one of my go to comfort foods, its warm, tasty and filling, great for this season. Sometimes I change it about and play with the recipe but anyway I cook it, it’s delicious.
Makes for 2
400g Aberdeen Angus Scotch Mince
75g wholemeal pasta (I use spirals…but you can use any you choose)
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 tin (400g) tomatoes – use plum as there is more flavour
1 tin red kidney beans OR you can also use baked beans (drained)
1 tsp dried garlic
100ml beef stock
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
Salt & pepper to season
Splash of tabasco sauce to taste (optional)
Fresh coriander to garnish (optional)
Grated cheese to garnish (optional)
- Gently heat up 1 tbsp oil in a deep pan and fry the mince until browned, add in the garlic, salt & pepper
- Add in the onion until browned
- Pour in the tomatoes, beans, stock and pasta and mix thoroughly, bring to the boil
- Sprinkle the mixed herbs and mix, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for approx 20 minutes.
- Remove lid, turn up heat slightly and cook until the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.
- If you don’t have non stick pans, stir every 5 minutes or it will burn to the bottom.
- Serve with a sprinkle of coriander, a dash of tabasco sauce, handful of grated cheese or simply a slice of crusty bread…..it is entirely your choice.
And 1 pot to wash up………my kinda cooking!
I do love a good roast on a Sunday, my choice today was a good beef brisket. I haven’t tried this piece of meat before and decided to slow cook. It was so delicious.
1 x Beef Brisket – I used 1kg size
2 Red Onions – sliced into wedges
150m Beef Broth
2 tbsp Worcester sauce
1 tbsp Soy sauce
3 garlic cloves – minced
Salt & pepper to season
1 tbsp oil
- Saute the red onions in a little oil on medium heat for about 20 minutes, remove from heat
- Pat dry the brisket and rub salt & pepper all over
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a high heat and sear the meat on both sides until browned.
- Mix together beef broth, Worcester sauce and soy sauce.
- Place the beef into a casserole dish (or slow cooker), pour the garlic and the red onions over the meat the pour the sauce mixture.
- Place the casserole dish in the oven on the Slow Cooker Setting for approx 8 hrs.
- Remove from oven and slice up meat or pull apart, serve with onions and sauce.
I am watching Jamie Olivers new 5 Ingredient Cook programme just now and every week I’m like….I really need to try that. So this week it was Meatball Burgers…just the name sounds amazing.
Its a friday night, you come home from work and want something quick, easy and filling but tasty too…..this is the go to recipe. It was so tasty and so quick and easy to cook. The sauce that you can dip your burger in just made it….yum!
Makes approx 14 meatballs
500g Aberdeen Angus Mince
Pesto with basil
1 tin Plum tomatoes
1 ball mozzarella
Rolls – make sure they are crusty, if you use soft rolls they will fall apart.
- Mix the mince and 2 tbsp pesto together in a bowl and season
- Preheat a fry pan with a little oil, spoon with a dessert spoon some of the mixture into your hands and mould into a ball. (best to have wet hands when doing this)
- Place into fry pan and cook for about 10 mins turning to brown all over.
- Empty the plum tomatoes into the pan and season with salt & pepper.
- At the same time slice the mozzarella and place 1 slice over the top of each meatball, cook for about 2 minutes or until the mozzarella starts to melt.
- Spread 1/2 tbsp pest onto each roll
- Place about 3 meatballs onto each roll
- Dish out the sauce either into a bowl on on your plate. Devour!
I picked up a little deli delight recently……..a wee jar of Chilli Bacon Relish from eat 17, intrigued to taste I spooned a tbsp onto some crusty bread….yum……but then a thought popped into my head….oh yes this would be perfect with burgers…..and I was right…..a perfect match, was just heavenly.
Makes 4 burgers
400g Aberdeen Angus Steak mince – or a good quality one.
4 sprigs or flat leaf parsley – finely chopped
1 tsp garlic
Salt & cracked black pepper to season/taste
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
1 slice bread crumbled to bind
- Mix everything together in a bowl and shape into 4 burgers, making sure they are the same thickness.
- Refrigerate for about an hour
- Now for the best bit…….MY MAGIC CRISPER PLATE…..since I got my new Hotpoint ovens, I haven’t stop using this, it cooks everything in a fraction of the time and no oil is needed making everything healthier. You preheat the plate for about 2-3mins, place the burgers onto the plate and cook for about 12 mins using the crisper setting. You don’t need to turn over, just pop in and cook. It crisps and cooks the underside while cooking from the top……magic!
- If you don’t have the crisper plate, to cook burgers I would heat a little oil on a griddle plate or fry pan on the hob to a medium to high heat and cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
- Warm up your bread rolls in an oven for a few minutes, place burgers onto the rolls, place a few slices of cheddar, place under the grill until slightly melted then scoop a tsp of the chilli and bacon relish on top……serve. OH YUMMY!
12 minutes later….no oil…no turning:-
My first try at making my own lasagne and it was delicious, there are so many different ways to making a lasagne but I decided to start it would be the classic, as you can never really go wrong with the good old recipes.
My new oven actually has a Lasagne setting which took away my thinking of what the correct temperature, humidity and cooking elements to be used. I am impressed, a perfectly baked lasagne. (ok some may say a bit too browned on top, but my partner likes it that way…lol).
Makes for 2-3
250g minced beef
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 clove of garlic – crushed
1 tbsp olive oil for fry
1 red pepper – diced
1 tbsp flour
250g tomatoes, skinned and chopped (to skin, score tomatoes and place in a pot of boiling water for about 10 mins, the skin will then easily peel away) or you could use chopped tin tomatoes.
2 tbsp tomato puree
100ml beef stock
100ml white wine
2 tsp dried oregano
Salt & pepper
Lasagne sheets – I used wholewheat
For the sauce
150g grated cheddar cheese
- Gently fry the onion and garlic in a pan with the oil for a few mins until brown.
- Add the mince and cook through
- Add the chopped pepper and cook for a few mins
- Add the tomatoes, stock, wine, tomato puree and oregano, season well, mix through and simmer for 30 mins uncovered. If still too wet, add some flour to help thicken or increase heat and boil for a couple of mins.
- Meanwhile to make the cheese sauce, add the butter, milk and flour to a pan and gently heat through stirring continuously until it starts to bubble, then add 100g of the grated cheese and mix through for about 2 mins.
- Place some of the meat in a lasagne dish, then cover with some lasagne sheets, then pour over some of the cheese sauce, continue to layer until you finish with the sauce. I got 2 layers. Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese.
- Set your oven to 170 deg fan and cook for approx 35-40 mins if you haven’t got a lasagne setting.
- Serve. Oh yummy!
You can do a vegetarian version by replacing beef stock and mince with veg stock and vegetables of your choice. You could even do a chicken lasagne with chicken stock. The options are endless.
So Rio 2016 is upon us, to help celebrate I decided to try my hand at a Brazilian themed dinner. I was so pleased with my results, so tasty! Here you are, my recipes:-
Empanadas are little pockets of leftovers, I filled mine with Soffritto, Mince and Black beans filling.
Traditional Empanada dough is made a bit like an unsweetened tart crust: flour, salt (and any other seasonings), and butter are mixed to combine, then eggs and water are added until the dough comes together. However, I cheated for quickness and used shop bought ready rolled shortcrust pastry.
For the Soffritto:-
3 celery sticks
1 large white onion
1 tbsp olive oil
- Chop all the ingredients into very fine pieces (cubes).
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, cook until translucent and slightly browned. Then add in the carrot and celery, reduce to a low heat and cook for approx 1 hour until its all browned. The flavour that comes from the vegetables is amazing and almost caramelised like.
- At this stage you can eat it on its own or add any other meats or flavourings.
For my filling for the Empanada’s I added to the Soffritto mix:-
200g Browned mince
200g Black beans
2 tbsp Chopped Chilli
1 tsp salt & pepper to season
When the filling is ready, you are now ready to make your Empanadas
- Roll out your pasty into circular shapes, I used a 4″ pastry cutter.
- Take a dessert spoonful of the filling and put onto pastry
- Wet you finger and wet the edges of the pastry, fold over the pastry into a half moon shape and seal with your finger or a fork.
- Place on a greaseproof paper baking tray and brush with either milk or egg wash.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg for 25 minutes.
Also check out my Brazilian Cheesy Bread here:- https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/brazilian-cheesy-bread/