Steak & Chorizo Slow Cook stew

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We do love a good stew on a Sunday, this is a little change to the normal traditional stew and super tasty with loads of flavour.  All you need is some good fresh bread to douk (dip in) and scoop up the gravy. Yummy!

 

Makes 2-3 servings

400g good scottish steak (diced)

75g-100g chorizo (diced)

1 x 400g can tin chopped tomatoes

1 x 225g tin chickpeas

1 x 225g tin red kidney beans

300ml beef stock

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 clove garlic minced

100ml red wine

1 tbsp worcester sauce

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 red onion – chopped

Coriander – chopped to garnish

Salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a pan and gently fry the steak until browned, then add in the chorizo and onion until softened.
  2. Sprinkle on the cumin, paprika, garlic, sugar, cinnamon and tomato paste and mix through to coat beef. Season well.
  3. Add in the chickpeas, kidney beans, tin tomatoes, stock and worcester sauce, mix and bring to the boil. Add in the red wine.
  4. Reduce to a low simmer place lid on pan and cook slowly for about 2-3 hours or until meat is tender.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle or coriander. Yum.

 

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Cheesy Mexican Beef

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Oh wow, this little dish was super tasty and lower in calories too at only around 480 per serving. I got this from Food for Fitness High Protein Cookbook, Scotts cookbook is brilliant and loaded with amazing recipes.

You know me….I do love a good one pan meal and this is another for favourites list.

 

4 Servings

500g lean scottish beef mince

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1 red onion, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

250g rice

400g chopped tomatoes

500ml beef stock

2 tbsp mexican seasoning (1 tbsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 ground cumin, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp black pepper)

60g low fat cheddar

Fresh coriander chopped to serve.

 

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a non stick pan
  2. Add the garlic, red pepper, onion and fry for a minute. Then add the beef and fry until browned (few minutes). Add in the seasoning and coat the meat.                                                            20190323_160614
  3. Add the rice (uncooked), tin tomatoes and stock bring to the boil then reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes until rice is cooked and stock is absorbed.                                                                                20190323_161406
  4. Top with the grated cheese, allow to melt then sprinkle the coriander and serve.

 

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Meatball & Chorizo Spicy Pasta

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This little dish was super tasty with a little kick, perfect for a Saturday night dinner. My ultimate favourite is 1 pan cooking (well kinda..lol), don’t you just love throwing everything in to 1 pot, easy cooking, less washing up….lol!

We served this with a glass of Chardonnay and it went perfectly well.

 

Serves 2

6-8 Beef Meatballs (sliced in half)

150g pasta (I used wholewheat Fusilli)

200g tin tomatoes

75g chopped chorizo (good quality, we love Picante)

1 red onion (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1 carrot (chopped)

1 garlic clove (crushed)

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried basil (I would recommend using fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t have any)

1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp dried chillies

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp sugar

Salt & Pepper to season

Parmesan to garnish

 

  1. First bring to the boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes, Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the meatballs & chorizo and brown all over. When browned remove with a slotted spoon and put to the side.              20190309_161229
  3.  Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and thyme and gently cook until slightly tender.                                                                                             20190309_162319
  4. Return the meatballs and chorizo back to the pan, add the sauce and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Then add the pasta to the pan along with the remaining pasta water and simmer for a further 5 minutes to warm through.                                                        20190309_163146
  6. Serve with some grated parmesan and chopped basil. Yummy!

 

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Scottish Sausage Rolls

 

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Oh Yummy!  I had some left over puff pastry in the fridge, the weather was very rainy and cold outside, so nothing better than throwing together a home comfort bite to eat.  I have had this recipe for scottish meat rolls for a while now, so decided to give it a go, thank you to christinas cucina .

Scottish Sausage Rolls are traditionally made with Beef, where as English sausage rolls are made with pork, which is the main difference. Then it’s your choice of spices that make it.

 

Makes 6-8

1 Roll of puff pastry (about 300g)

500g ground Scottish Beef

a little water

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp rainbow peppercorns

3/4 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup of fine breadcrumbs

1 egg beaten for pastry.

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
  2. In a large bowl mix the spices, breadcrumbs and seasoning, then add in the meat. Pour in a little water and with your hands mix together, the mixture should hold together when squeezed, not too wet.                                                            20190308_150436
  3. Place the puff pastry on a floured surface and cut into 5″ approx rectangles.
  4. Take some of the mixture and roll into a sausage shape, lay onto the puff pastry 3/4 way down. With your finger wet the short edge of the pastry to help seal and roll up.  Then with a fork crimp the seal along to seal. Make a few light cuts on top.          20190308_150422
  5. Place rolls onto a greaseproof tray and brush with the egg wash.                              20190308_152424-1
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  7. Serve with chips & beans…..my personal fav for a proper home comfort meal.

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Chilli Steak Cheesy Fries

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O.M.G! This little dish was delicious, rich and very tasty.  Saw this on a social media video, my salavating at the video simply meant I had to give it a go. Changed the recipe slightly to suit our tastes.

 

Makes for 2

2 sirloin steaks – sliced into 1cm strips

2 tbsp plain flour

Salt & pepper to taste

1 large red onion

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 tsp chilli flakes

200ml beef stock

100ml red wine (I used shiraz)

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 large handfuls of grated cheddar

2 large handfuls of french fries

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat
  2. Place the steak strips into the pan and brown all over, add the flour, salt & pepper until coated and soaked up the juices then remove and set aside.
  3. Place another tbsp of oil in the pan and cook the onion with the garlic until softened.
  4. Add in the tomato paste, chilli flakes, beef stock & red wine, gently bring to boil then reduce to a very low simmer.
  5. Add back to the pan the beef strips and cook slow for about 1 hour (pan covered).                                                                                      20190126_132640
  6. Remove pan lid 10 minutes before serving and bring heat up a little to thicken the sauce if needed.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the french fries as per packet instructions.
  8. Place the fries on a plate, top with the cheese and melt under a hot grill for a few seconds then top with the beef strips….Serve. Oh so yummy!

 

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It definitely makes a difference if you’ve got some good quality meat and cheese.

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Sous Vide Rump Steak

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Sous Vide is a method of cooking which food is placed in a plastic pouch (preferably vacuum packed) and immersed in water to cook at about 55-58 deg ideally. This method does take longer but the results are so much better.

Some benefits of Sous Vide Cooking:-

Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.

Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.

Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.

Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.

 

I seasoned my meat before and vacuum packed. Bring a pan of water to 55 deg temp and place bag inside. Leave a bit of the bag on edge and put a lid on to hold bag in water. Cook for about 1-2 hours. (medium-rare)

When ready remove and heat a little oil in pan on hob, remove the steak and sear on both sides for about 30 secs each side to seal. Place a knob of butter in pan and spoon over meat. Serve.

This will be the juiciest steak you will ever eat.

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Scottish Square Sausage

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I’ve lived in Scotland most of my years now, I’ve always ate square sausage without actually thinking about what I was eating. Square sausage or (Lorne sausage) is a much loved and favourite breakfast item of the Scots.  The most popular way to eat it is in a good Scottish morning roll:-                                                                           20180916_144243

In the past, Scottish ­emigrants have taken Lorne ­sausage with them wherever they go, with Australia’s ‘steakette’ and the North American ‘sausage pattie’ both ­bearing an uncanny resemblance to the original.

Here is the recipe below which I tried from Maw Broons Cookbook:-

Makes 15 sausages:-

500g at least 20% Fat Scottish Beef Mince

500g at least 20% Fat Pork Mince

1 egg – whisked

100g Rusk (ideally), I didn’t have this so I used twice baked bread (method below)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp white pepper (make sure its a level tsp)

1 tsp dried coriander seed

 

  1. First mix together the pork & beef mince in a bowl, then add the egg and bind together.
  2. Add in the rusk (twice baked bread) and combine together with the white pepper, salt, coriander and nutmeg. It should be slightly firm, if too firm add a little water.
  3. Using your hands make into an oblounge shape and square off. Place on an oiled tray/tin and place in the freezer for about 1/2 hr to slightly firm up (this makes it easier to slice). Do not freeze.
  4. Slice into at least 1cm thickness and place a bit of greaseproof paper in between, then re-freeze if storing or cook if eating…..Yummy!                                       20180916_153707

 

TWICE BAKED BREAD

Take slices of bread (brown or white its up to you), place in an oven at 90 deg for 1 hour, then turn oven up to 120 deg and bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove and crush up.