I have seen Pizza Skulls on social media and gave me the idea to make these for my Horror theme Hogmany coming up. I changed it from Pizza filling to a Chilli Con Carne filling. These are amazing and so much fun too. I got my pan from Nordic Ware and opted for Black & Red dough too using Red Malt flour and Activated Charcoal powder.
For the Pizza Dough (I made extra, which I stored for later use)
3 x 350g Wholemeal Bread Flour (you can use strong white too)
3 x 1 tsp salt
3 x 1 tsp caster sugar
3 x 3 tsp baking powder
3 x 170ml warm water
20g Red Malt Flour, plus 1 tsp red food colouring for the Red
3 tbsp charcoal powder plus 1 tsp black food colouring for the Black
- Mix everything using a mixer until it come together like dough, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Mix 3 lots ie: plain, black & Red
- Once ready to use, cut amount you need and store the rest. Place on a floured surface and roll out, not too thing or too thick. It will be stretchy, just keep stretching it until you have the size you need. Approx 7 x 4″
- Brush your skull pan with melted butter and lay the dough into each skull pressing gently. Place the filling in and fold over the excess dough, if you have too much just trim.
For the Chilli
350g Scottish Beef Mince
1 Red onion, finely chopped
1 Red pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried chilli flakes (omit if you don’t like it too hot)
2 tsp chilli powder
200g Tin tomatoes
200g Kidney beans
200ml beef stock
light fry oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Grated Cheese of your choice.
- Heat the fry oil on medium to high heat
- Fry the onions and pepper with the garlic until softened
- Add the beef and brown
- Add in chilli powder, cumin, salt & pepper with chilli flakes (if using) mix through to coat
- Add in the tin tomatoes, kidney beans and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes cover. The uncovered for 10 minutes to thicken sauce. Allow to cool.
Once skulls are filled, refrigerate for 30 minutes then bake at 200 deg for 25 minutes. Serve.
I first saw this recipe on Pinch of Nom site, I got their first book and have preordered their second, its full of healthier option recipes that do not compromise on flavour. This Lasagne was both delicious and lower in calories.
Makes 4 portions
400g Scottish Mince
1 Carrot, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
1 Red Pepper, chopped
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 Oxo cubes
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp Mixed Italian Herbs
2 tsp Dried Garlic Granules
For the White Sauce
350g Natural Yoghurt Fat Free
1/2 tsp Mustard
120g Low Fat Cheddar
Lasagne Sheets – I made my own but you can buy ready made
- Heat pan with a little low fat spray oil. Fry onion, carrots, pepper and garlic for a few minutes until softened.
- Add the mince and brown.
- Add the Italian herbs and Worcestershire sauce and stir through
- Add in tomato paste, oxo cubes, tin tomatoes and 200ml water and mix through until combined.
- Put lid on and simmer for 30 minutes
- Spread a layer of the beef mixture into a deep oven dish and then layer the lasagne sheets, then another layer of beef mixture, then layer lasagne sheets until you reach near the top.
- To make the sauce, mix yogurt, mustard, eggs & salt to taste with the cheese in a bowl until combined. (leave a little of the cheese to sprinkle on top)
- Spread the sauce mixture over the lasagne dish and garnish with pepper and leftover cheese.
- I baked using my Lasagne setting on my oven, or you can bake in an oven at 190 deg for about 30-35 minutes until browned.
Oh Yum, the flavours from this were amazing. I got this recipe from Scott Baptie’s High Protein Handbook 5, full of goodness too. You can check out his website here.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
300g Scottish steak mince
1 tsp Chilli powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp turmeric
150g Basmati rice
300ml Beef Stock
100g frozen peas
2 handfuls of Spinach
Seasoning (salt & pepper)
- Heat oil in a pan on medium to high heat
- Brown onion and garlic for a few minutes
- Add in the mince with seasoning and brown
- Add the spices and cook for a minute, add the rice and mix through until coated.
- Pour in the stock and simmer for about 15-20 minutes
- Add the peas and spinach and cook for a further 5 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed.
- Serve. Yummy!
I have been wanting a Cast Iron Casserole Dish for a while now and my best friend came to the rescue, just out of the blue she gave me this lovely pot, so I just had to come up with a recipe to use it this weekend.
1 small onion chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 can sweetcorn, drained
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 chopped peppers
300g Scottish beef mince
Mexican mix – 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, salt & pepper.
200ml beef stock
- Pre heat your oven to Slow Cook Setting or around 90 deg.
- Brown the onions in a little oil, then add the peppers and brown, remove from pan
- Add the Beef mince and brown all over, adding salt & pepper to taste
- Add back to the pan the onions & peppers along with the sweetcorn, beans, tomatoes, seasoning and stock. Mix through and cook in oven for about 5-6 hours.
Corn Tacos & grated cheese to serve.
I’m enjoying my Moroccan spices at the moment, the flavour is fragrant, fiery, sweet, savory, and citrusy, it really gets your senses moving. Normally a traditional Moroccan meal would contain couscous but as I had some Bulgur Wheat to use up I decided on this. Bulgur is also a healthier and lower calorie choice too.
Makes 2 Servings
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
200g Scottish Beef Mince
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp ground ginger
250ml vegetable stock
30g Cashew nuts (slighty toasted and chopped)
80g Bulgur Wheat
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large fry pan and fry the onions until browned and softened
- Add in the beef mince and brown all over. Add in the spice mix and mix thoroughly.
- Add in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the stock thickens/evaporates slightly.
- Meanwhile, make the Bulgur Wheat as per packet instructions. Once cooked add in the spinach and cover with a lid, allow the residual heat to wilt the spinach down, mix through. Add in the lemon zest and mint and mix.
- Season, serve and sprinkle the toasted cashews on top. Yummy!
Goes well with a little glass of Rioja.
I’ve had an Indian Superfood Cookbook for ages but for some reason never actually attempted to make anything from it. So today was that day it got opened. I wish I had opened it up sooner, this dish was super tasty and full of good antioxidants. I served it with a chickpea chapati, made from my original Chapati recipe, I changed the plain flour for Gram Flour.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp gram masala
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2-3 chillies chopped or 1 tsp chilli flakes
250g scottish beef mince
225g can of chickpeas
Small handful of Fresh coriander to serve.
- Heat the oil in a large fry pan
- Add in the onions with the cardamom, cumin, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, gram masala & chillies. Cook until onions are slightly browned and softened.
- Add in half of the tin tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until the excess juices have dried off.
- Add in the mince, mix well and cook until mince has browned all over, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the remaining tomatoes & chickpeas, bring to the boil, cover & simmer for about 30 minutes. If the consistancey is too thick just add a little water.
- Season with the fresh coriander and serve.
I served this little dish with my Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower as a tapas style dinner. These were so yummy and the sauce was rich with a little bit of sweetness.
Makes 8 Meatballs
200g scottish beef mince
30g panko breadcrumbs
handful chopped coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp minced ginger
225g tin chopped tomatoes
150ml beef stock
1 red onion – finely sliced
- Place everything in a bowl and mix. Shape into 1″ balls and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Heat up a fry pan with spray oil and cook meatballs until browned all over.
- Add in the onions a cook until softened and slightly browned.
- Add in the tomatoes and beef stock, bring to the boil then simmer medium heat until sauce starts to thicken, about 15-20 minutes. serve.