Classic Cottage Pie

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Today’s recipe is such a classic, especially here in the UK and surprisingly I’ve not made it before. It’s pretty simple and mostly consists of mash and meat, however over the years there have been many adaptations in the ingredients giving it much more flavour. I looked around online for inspiration and basically combined a bunch of recipes together and the end result was delicious. I ate it on it’s own but you could always add vegetables on the side like broccoli, carrot or cauliflower.

Classic Cottage Pie recipe (serves 6 hearty portions)

Ingredients

1kg minced beef

3 garlic cloves – crushed

Seasonings: Salt, pepper, chilli, mixed herbs, paprika and turmeric

5 large potatoes – peel, chop, wash

50g butter

Splash of milk

1 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

Splash of red wine

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp tomato puree

600g chopped tomatoes

1 stock cube

1 tsp sugar

50g peas

100g sweetcorn

1 1/2 carrot – grated

Dried parsley

Methods

  • Firstly, marinate the minced beef with the seasonings and garlic a few hours before starting the cottage pie.
  • Peel, chop and wash the potatoes, then put them to boil until cooked. Once cooked, drain off the water and cover with the pot lid.
  • Put the oil in a frying pan and add the onion with a little salt, cover with the lid for a few minutes until soft and add the minced beef. Turn up the heat slightly and cook for 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the liquid has reduced.
  • Add the splash of wine and again letting the liquid reduce before mixing in the flour, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock cube and sugar.
  • Let the mixture simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes and preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • In the meantime, add a splash of milk and butter to the potatoes mashing it all together until smooth.
  • Turn the heat off from the beef and stir in the peas, sweetcorn and carrot. Pour this into an oven tray, cover with the mashed potato and use a fork to design the top.
  • Sprinkle a little dried parsley on top and bake in the oven for 50 minutes until golden at the edges.

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Minced Beef Kebabs

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. Today’s recipe is kebabs, I was seeing them on a lot of foods videos so I thought why not make them. I think the origin of kebab skewers are mostly from the Middle East (with other varieties around the world) and a lot of the recipes I found for inspiration were full of flavour and spices.

I had quite high hopes for these kebabs but when I was making them it was slightly stressful because I was cooking other things at the same time and when I was squashing the meat onto the skewers it was almost falling off but it all turned out okay in the end.

Minced Beef Kebab Recipe (makes 6)

Ingredients

500g minced beef

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp chilli

1 tsp basil

Oil – for frying

Method

  • Place the meat into a large bowl and sprinkle in all of the seasonings, then use your hands to combine everything together and leave to marinate for a few hours.
  • Soak 6 six skewers in water.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and then equally divide the meat into 6 and squash each piece around a skewer.
  • Place into the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
  • Once there is colour on the kebab, put it on a tray and into the oven for 10 minutes.

Let me know your favourite kebab recipe below!

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Best Beef Burgers

This recipe is a classic burger which is pretty standard and tastes so delicious with great flavour, literally the best I’ve ever tasted πŸ˜€ This recipe will work well on a barbecue too but I just baked these in the oven.

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Makes 8

Ingredients
350g minced beef
Chilli powder
Salt
Curry powder
ΒΌ small onion
1 egg
50g plain flour
Burger buns
Lettuce, washed and shredded
Tomato sauce

Method
1. Firstly we need to marinade the meat for 3 hours, so it’s full of flavour. Take the minced beef out of the packaging and place into a container which has a lid.

2. Next add as much spices (salt, chilli powder, curry powder) as you want using a spoon to mix everything together. Place in the fridge.

3. Now you can set the oven to gas mark 4 and get a tray ready. Take the meat from the fridge and add the breadcrumbs, egg and flour.

4. Put some gloves on now and mix all of the ingredients together, then shape into even sized burgers and place on the tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes and turn over after 20 minutes. In the meantime prepare your toppings and cut the burger buns in half.

6. Take the tray from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before adding to the burger so you don’t get soggy lettuce.

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Other topping ideas:
Onion rings
Tomato slices
Mustard
Pickles
Cheese