Beef

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil or sun-dried tomato oil from the jar 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, chopped 2 large onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1kg/2¼lb lean minced beef 2 large glasses of red wine 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 1 x 290g jar antipasti marinated mushrooms, drained 2 fresh or dried bay leaves 1 tsp dried oregano or a small handful of fresh leaves, chopped 1 tsp dried thyme or a small handful of fresh leaves, chopped Drizzle balsamic vinegar 12-14 sun-dried tomato halves, in oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper A good handful of fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces 800g-1kg/1¾-2¼lb dried spaghetti Lots of freshly grated parmesan, to serve Preparation method Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat....

Beef and Guinness Pie

Ingredients 750g lean braising steak, eg, skirt of beef 4 tbsp plain flour Freshly ground salt and pepper 4 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp tomato purée 500ml Guinness 350g shallots, peeled Few sprigs of thyme 2 bay leaves 2 garlic cloves, peeled 500g shortcrust pastry 1 free-range egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp water Method Dice the beef into 2.5cm cubes. Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Roll the beef in the flour to coat. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the beef until golden brown in colour. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, stirring well. Then pour in the Guinness and add the shallot, thyme, bay leaf and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1½ hours. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Transfer...

Liver and Bacon Casserole

Ingredients 1 Tbs butter 1/2 tsp dried basil 2 Tbs flour for coating 2 cups hot chicken stock 3 rashers of bacon chopped 3 medium carrots thinly sliced 375 g calves liver cut into strips 1 large onion quartered and finely sliced Method Toss the liver in flour to coat then preheat a browning dish to maximum according to manufacturers instructions. Brown the liver and bacon and put into a casserole dish then add the butter, onion and carrots. Cover the Liver and Bacon Casserole and cook on high for 8 minutes stirring once. Add the stock and herbs to the casserole and cook on medium for 8 minutes. Serve the Liver and Bacon Casserole with potatoes and mixed Vegetables.

Peppered Steak and Chips

Ingredients For the chips 2 tbsp olive oil ½ large baking potato, peeled and cut into chips salt and freshly ground black pepper For the steak 125g/4½oz rump steak salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil Preparation method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. For the chips, spread the potato chip pieces out onto a baking tray. Drizzle over the oil and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake the chips in the oven for 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown. For the steak, season the meat well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then rub it all over with olive oil. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add the seasoned steak and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side (for medium-rare), or until cooked to your liking. Remove t...

Steak and Kidney Pudding

Ingredients 675g/1½lb chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes 225g/8oz ox kidney, cut into 2.5cm1in cubes 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped large pinch celery salt salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 tbsp plain flour 150ml/¼pt fresh beef stock For the Suet pastry 400g/14oz self-raising flour 200g/7oz beef or vegetarian suet ½ tsp salt freshly ground black pepper 290ml/½ pint cold water Preparation method Place the steak and kidney into a large bowl. Stir in the onion, celery salt, pepper, salt and thyme leaves. Toss together lightly and set to one side. To make the suet pastry, sift the flour and the salt into a large bowl. Add the suet, salt and pepper. Lightly mix and add the water a little at a time. Cut through the dough using a round bladed knife as if...

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients 500g fillet steak 1 tsp paprika Zest of 1 lemon, grated 1 red onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped Olive oil 2 handfuls of wild mushrooms, cleaned and torn Knob of butter Small glass of brandy 50ml sour cream 2–3 flat-leaf parsley sprigs, leaves picked and chopped Bread and gherkins, to serve Method Place the beef between 2 sheets of clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin until ½cm thick, then cut into finger-width slices. Mix the paprika, lemon zest, salt and pepper, and use to dust the beef. In a large frying pan over a low-medium heat, fry the onion and garlic till softened. Turn up heat and add the mushrooms and butter, sautéing until the mushroom are golden brown, and reserve. Add a little oil to the pan, fry the beef for 2 mins, turning, till browned but still pink insid...

Beef Burgers

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Cottage Pie

Ingredients For the mince 50ml/2fl oz olive oil 650g/1lb 7oz minced beef 3-4 banana shallots or 7-8 small round shallots, finely chopped 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp plain flour 150ml/5fl oz red wine 400ml/14fl oz beef stock salt and freshly ground black pepper Worcestershire sauce, to taste For the mash 900g/2lb King Edward potatoes, peeled and chopped 115g/4oz butter 125ml/4½fl oz double cream salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation method Heat a large frying pan until smoking, add half of the olive oil and fry the minced beef, in batches, for 4-5 minutes, or until browned all over. Heat a separate pan over a gentle heat, add the remaining olive oil and fry the shallots and thyme for 2-3 minutes, or until just softened. Stir in the tomato purée an...

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients 1 large onion or 2 banana shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 red chilli deseeded or keep half with seeds if you like it spicy 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked and roughly chopped Olive oil, for frying 500g good quality beef mince 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp sweet paprika 1 tsp dried oregano 3 fresh tomatoes or 1 beef tomato, roughly chopped 400g tinned chopped tomatoes 100-200ml chicken or beef stock 3 tbsp tomato puree 1 cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 400g kidney beans, drained and rinsed Salt and pepper Handful of chives, chopped 200ml soured cream Boiled rice, to serve Method Sweat the onion, garlic, chilli and thyme in 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan (watch Gordon’s step-by step video on how to handle chillis). At the same time, brown the mince in a separate ...