Mini Beef Wraps

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Today I am writing about the tastiest, most juiciest wraps I have eve eaten!! I used a Mexico taco season mix which had a mixture of amazing flavours. The cumin stands out the most for me, there is something about cumin that really compliments the taste of beef. The minced beef was cooked perfectly with a little spice and each bite was full of flavour.

When I’ve had a beef wrap in the past, there has been a tahini sauce which goes really well however, making it at home I only had tomato ketchup. Also, the coolness and crunch of the cucumbers really cut through the heat and spice from the beef. As for the Mexican seasoning, you can find these in most supermarkets in the spices isle. Even as I write this, I can remember how much I enjoyed eating these with all of the flavour from each bite and the fillings falling out. It can get quite messy but its so good!

Recipe: Mini Beef Wraps (serves 3-4)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil

500g minced beef

Mexican taco season mix

100ml water

1/2 cucumber – cut into sticks

1 small carrot – cut into sticks

Handful of kale

50g Sweetcorn

1 Pack of mini wraps

Tomato ketchup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan and once hot add the minced beef and cook for 5 minutes until slightly browned.
  • Add the Mexican taco season mix to the pan and stir everything together.
  • Pour in the water, stir one final time and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Leave the minced beef to cook for 10-15 minutes on a gentle simmer until fully cooked.
  • In the meantime prepare the cucumber, carrot, kale and sweetcorn. The wraps can also be warmed.
  • Once the beef is cooked it is time to ensemble the wraps and enjoy.

I like to warm the wrap in the oven or toaster, add some minced beef and place the salad on top and drizzle with the sauce. Let me know if you try this.

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Beef Mince with Pea’s

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Today’s post is a super tasty minced beef recipe. It is full of flavour and goes down well with rice. I was very happy with how it turned out and the recipe is simple, the type of dish that you can leave to gently simmer on the stove whilst you get on with something else for a little while.

Recipe: Beef Mince with Pea’s (serves 5)

Ingredients

500g Minced beef

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 garlic – crushed

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp flour

1 tsp chilli sauce

1 tsp tomato ketchup

50g garden peas

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan, once hot add the onions and garlic frying for a few minutes until soft.
  • Add the minced beef and seasonings leaving to brown for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Next add the flour, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and garden pea’s stirring well.
  • Leave to simmer on a gentle heat for 20 minutes allowing some of the juice to reduce.
  • Serve with rice.

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Beef Empanada’s

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been good. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve made Emapnada’s a few times before however, today’s recipe is made using beef instead of chicken. You can find my recent Chicken Empanada recipe here.

I had so much fun making this meal and the end result was amazing!! Beef empanada’s are a staple food in Argentina and are enjoyed worldwide. I made the dough first and left it to chill in the fridge for a few hours. In the meantime I mixed the garlic, onion and seasonings together in a bowl to get prepared for cooking the dish as my beef was frozen. The one thing I really like about this emapanada dough in the yellow flakiness of the pastry, also the colour and flavour are both so rich from the egg yolk and butter you hardly need any salt.

Recipe: Beef Empanada (makes 15)

Ingredients for pastry

275g plain flour

Pinch of salt

50g butter – diced and cold

1 egg

90ml water

Method

  • Weigh out the flour, salt and butter into a bowl and combine with your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Next, add the egg and water moving your hands in a circular motion until it forms a dough.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, knead the dough for a couple of minutes and roll out to roughly 2mm thick and cut out 12 discs using a 12cm round cutter.

Ingredients for beef filling

400g minced beef

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 garlic – crushed

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp flour

200ml of water

1 tsp brown sugar

Method

  • Combine the onion, garlic and seasonings together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry this season mixture until the onions are soft, cover with a lid for 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced beef to the pan and turn the heat up slightly cooking until the juices are reduced.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tsp of flour over the beef and pour in the water and the sugar.
  • Mix well, cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool.

Making the Empanada’s

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly grease 2 oven trays.
  • Take 1 pastry disc and add a spoonful of the beef mixture to one side.
  • Fold over the pastry in half, making sure the filling is completely covered and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Use a cocktail stick to pierce 2 holes on top of the pastry and place one the prepared trays. Repeat until everything is used up.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the pastry is lightly golden.
  • Serve with a salad.

*If you have left over mince like I did you can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days and eat with some rice.

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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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