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    • Glad
    • By Glad 28th Mar 05, 4:19 PM
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    More exciting mince recipes
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    • 28th Mar 05, 4:19 PM
    More exciting mince recipes 28th Mar 05 at 4:19 PM
    whenever I go to Costco I always stock up on their minced beef, it's the offcuts from their Aberdeen Angus steaks so is really good, when I get home I freeze it in smaller portions.
    It's used for Bolognese, Lasagne, Chilli-con-carne and Cottage Pie, but the following recipe I use when I've not got much in the cupboards and we fancy something tasty,

    cooking oil
    tsp cumin seeds
    2 chillies (fresh, dried or from jar)
    450g lean mince
    large onion
    1 inch cube ginger
    4 cloves garlic
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    2 tsps cumin
    1/2 tsp chilli powder
    tin of tomatoes or 4 fresh skinned
    1/2 tub nat yoghurt
    150 ml water
    100g frozen peas
    tbsp ground almonds
    1/2 tsp garam masala

    heat oil and cook cumin seeds until popped,
    add mince, onions and chillis, cook until browned,
    add ginger and garlic fry for 2 mins,
    stir in turmeric, cumin and chilli powder and fry for 2 mins,
    add tomatoes and juice, cook for further 8 mins,
    add water and yoghurt and peas, simmer gently for 15 mins,
    stir in ground almonds and simmer for 3 mins,
    remove from heat, stir in garam masala and serve,

    this is a fairly adaptable dish and I usually have most ingredients in, I have substituted ground ginger for fresh etc, the timings are approx as i don't have a recipe anymore for this, but don't need to be exact

    it's loosely based on a Kheema Matter and we have it with basmati rice.

    It would be nice to know of any other different ways to serve mince as I always have some in
    Last edited by glad; 28-03-2005 at 6:38 PM.
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    • Murtle
    • By Murtle 28th Mar 05, 4:49 PM
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    • 28th Mar 05, 4:49 PM
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    • 28th Mar 05, 4:49 PM
    I do a very simple dish with mince;

    Plum tomatoes
    lightly fried onions
    mushrooms
    sweetcorn
    garlic
    courgette
    balsamic vinegar
    either basil (fresh) or dried italian seasoning.

    I like it!!!

    (quantities - are whatever I have at the time - but work it out if you want?!)

    M
    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 29th Mar 05, 1:17 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 1:17 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 1:17 AM
    My OH did a mix tonight which worked very well I have to say.

    1 Pack sainsburys econ mince
    1 onion
    3 slices bread made into breadcrumbs
    2 birdseye chillis deseeded finely chopped
    big handfull of coriander, finely hopped
    salt
    pepper


    Mix together and shape into burgers. Fry gently in a dry non stick pan to seal. Place on an oven tray and cook until ready.

    We served ours with skinny chips and a homemade tomato sauce. Tomato sauce was a table spoon of crushed garlic, teaspoon of salt and a splash of red wine we had in the kitchen. Reduced down in a pan until nice and thick, then threwin a handful of torn up basil.

    Yummy!
  • chardonnay
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:15 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:15 AM
    might try the costco mince - sounds good. can't buy economy mince as i find it awful quality in comparison to lean steak mince.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 29th Mar 05, 8:00 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 8:00 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 8:00 AM
    that sounds nice arkonite, we often make our own burgers, but will give your sauce a try, yum

    costco mince is definitely superior chardonnay, they cut their own steaks there and when the peice of beef is getting a bit thin for decent sized steaks the mince it, so the mince is same quality as the steak, it's usually about the same price as good mince from supermarkets but worth it
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  • HOLsale
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    • 29th Mar 05, 9:17 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 9:17 AM
    i make what we call a stomboli by making up a batch of dough in the bread machine.

    i roll the dough out on a well greased baking sheet and add the following:

    tomato sauce or puree or spag bog sauce
    cooked and drained mince
    sauteed onion
    other veg (usually peppers but whatever you've got it fine)
    and some cheese that needs using up

    you can use your imagination and leftovers with this.

    use the back of a spoon to spread the tomato sauce to the edges of the dough (you can use a creamy sauce if you prefer or omit altogether) then you simply spread the mixture to just shy of the edge of the rolled out dough and then roll the dough up like a log. sprinkle some cheese on top and bake at 200C for about 15-20 minutes (stick a fork or knife in, it's done when it comes out clean).

    the recipe i use in my breadmachine is as follows (you may have to adjust for your machine)

    1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
    3-4 tablespoons olive oil
    3 cups self rising flour (or strong bread flour if you like)
    1 tsp salt in a corner of the flour, well covered
    1.5 tsp dry yeast (for breadmakers) in a well in the centre of flour, covered

    i then add flavourings as desired, usually garlic granules and the seasoning mixture from lidl (it's chives/garlic/parsley, 1.49/jar) you can add cheese sauce powder, parsley flakes, oregano, whatever

    i put this on my dough setting and then use as mentioned above when it's ready

    bon appetit!
    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 29th Mar 05, 12:33 PM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 12:33 PM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 12:33 PM
    I saw Jamie Oliver make something similar using breakfast ingredients and always wanted to try it! ... thanks for reminding me about it
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  • Callyanna
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:38 PM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:38 PM
    this is what i'm cooking today, very tasty and just a little bit different..think it's South African in origin!

    BOBOTIE

    1 slice white bread
    7 fl oz milk
    1 tbs oil
    1 onion peeled and chopped
    1lb minced steak
    1 tbs curry powder
    1 eating apple
    2 oz raisins
    1 tbs lime or lemon juice
    2 tbs mango chutney
    2 eggs


    Break bread in pieces and soak in half milk.Set aside
    Preheat oven to Gas 4/180C
    Heat oil and cook onion till soft
    Add mince and curry powder and cook till meat browns
    Add peeled, diced apple and cook 1 min
    Add bread, raisins, juice and chutney and heat through
    Transfer to ovenproof dish
    Beat eggs with remaining milk and season
    Pour over meat mix and bake 40 mins

    All you need is a salad to go with this..it's very filling!
  • furrypig
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    • 29th Mar 05, 4:21 PM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 4:21 PM
    these recipes sound great.
    will use them when I start the grocery challenge so thanks guys!
  • HOLsale
    I saw Jamie Oliver make something similar using breakfast ingredients and always wanted to try it! ... thanks for reminding me about it
    by Curry_Queen

    is that my stromboli you're referring to?

    i suppose you could do that actually, you could do the same basic bread recipe but use veg oil instead of olive oil and instead of garlic etc you could add dried fruit/nuts/seeds and use cinnamon and cloves etc

    then for the mixture you could add in maybe some chutney and bacon or maybe some dried fruits that had been soaked for a bit like apricots, sultanas and pineapple, mango etc a bit of coconut etc mmmmm sounds good, i might have to try that now
  • HOLsale
    mmmm that bobotie sounds really nice, i'll have to give it a go!

    i like 'weird' african food, they aren't afraid to mix flavours together that most people would balk at, and with such success!

    i used to make west african chicken and ground nut stew all the time and people loved it, i just never told them it had peanut butter in with all the tomatoes and chilli peppers
    • Nix143
    • By Nix143 3rd Apr 05, 2:12 PM
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    Apologies if anyone has already posted this tip

    But when cooking mince that's not extra lean steak mince I always dry fry it seperately before it goes in with my fried onions/garlic/whatever

    I find that a TON of water/fat comes out of it which I generally pour on my dog's dry food. Doing the dry fry first improves the flavour of the finished dish as a lot of the cheaper mince can tend to steam as opposed to sizzle when you try to fry it for your spag bol.

    Only bad thing about it is the extra pan when you're washing up
  • megasaver
    Absolutely delicious
    is that my stromboli you're referring to?

    i suppose you could do that actually, you could do the same basic bread recipe but use veg oil instead of olive oil and instead of garlic etc you could add dried fruit/nuts/seeds and use cinnamon and cloves etc

    then for the mixture you could add in maybe some chutney and bacon or maybe some dried fruits that had been soaked for a bit like apricots, sultanas and pineapple, mango etc a bit of coconut etc mmmmm sounds good, i might have to try that now
    by HOLsale
    Hi Holsale,
    just wanted to say that I tried your "stomboli sweet" this morning and it is absolutely delicious (added raisins, sultanas, dates, cloves and cinnamon as you suggested). I can't wait to try the savoury version. I didn't realise you could use Self raising flour and yeast in a breadmaker. I am so pleased because I have loads of self raising flour and wanted to use it up... now I know what to do with it. Thank you for the recipe... definitely a keeper. Just a couple of things: I normally weigh everything but you use cups.... what size cups do you use (I guessed this morning) When I make it next, I will use less liquid/water, but apart from that totally yummy.
  • Queenie
    Great ideas!

    I like to keep a quantity of very cheap, basic Savoury Mince in my freezer. To ring the changes, I add different types of toppings.

    Cobbler Topping
    1pt milk
    grated nutmeg
    6oz fine semolina
    3oz cheese, grated
    1oz butter
    1 egg
    1oz butter, melted
    1 tbsp parmesan cheese

    Prepare the topping at least 2hrs in advance (I make it in the morning)
    Pour the milk into a pan, add nutmeg and semolina. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx 3-4 mins until very thick stirring all the time. Remove from heat. Beat in the cheese, butter and egg.
    Return to the pan and cook, stirring for another minute.
    Line a shallow tin (swiss roll) with cling film and spread the mixture evenly ove the base. Leave to cool, place in the fridge until firm.

    Cut into squares and arrange over the hot savoury mince overlapping each piece slightly. Brush with the melted butter and grated parmesan.
    Either, brown under a preheated grill or bake in the oven for about 12-15mins Gas 6 or equivalent.

    Scone Topping:
    8oz plain flour
    3tsp baking powder
    pinch of salt
    2oz butter
    6fl oz milk
    egg for glazing
    sprinkle of sesame seeds (optional)

    Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, rub in the butter until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the milk to make a soft dough.
    Roll out on a floured surface and cut into rounds.
    Arrange the scone rounds on top of your savoury mince brush with egg glaze and if chosen, sprinkle on the seeds.
    Bake for approx 15 - 20 mins Gas 6

    Crumble Topping:
    3oz plain flour
    2oz butter
    2oz fresh breadcrumbs
    2oz coursely chopped nuts ( can be omitted)

    Sift flour into a bowl then rub in the butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the breadcrumbs and nuts if using.
    Spoon over your savoury mince and back Gas 5 until topping is crisp and golden - about 30 - 40 mins.

    French Topping
    1 small French loaf - or a baguette
    mustard (if liked)
    2oz softened butter
    4oz of cheese

    Cut the French loaf into 1in slices and spread with mustard (or mix the mustard and butter together, then spread on) or just butter. Lay the rounds on top of the hot mince and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake Gas 6 for approx 12 - 15 mins.

    Chunky Veg Topping
    1lb potatoes
    2 courgettes
    2 carrots
    2oz fresh breadcrumbs
    2oz grated cheddar cheese

    Peel the potatoes and cut into 1in cubes. Cut the courgettes and carrots into even slices. Put the potatoes and carrots into a pan with just enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Add the courgettes and cook for a further 5 mins or until *just* tender then drain.
    Spoon the veg mix over the hot mince and then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and grated cheese.
    Either brown under the grill or put in the oven Gas 6 for 5 mins.

    I have also used these topping ideas when using up leftover chicken from the carcass which I added some bacon and mixed into a white sauce.
    Fish in a parsley sauce would also be rather tasty with these toppings too.

    My dh doesn't eat pasta, so I make him a topping for his spag bol sauce while we get the pasta.
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    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 10th Aug 05, 6:24 PM
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    Ideas for Mince
    Well trying not to spend much as its only 4 weeks to hols. I have found 4 big packs of mince in the freezer any ideas what I can do with them other than Shepards pie and Spag Bol. Want loads of left overs for lunches and freezer. Any suggestions?
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 10th Aug 05, 6:56 PM
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    Yep!

    In the Cooking section of the MEGA Index sticky, at the top of the forum, listed under "meat" you'll find mince ideas, and if you look under "inspiration" there might be more ideas and, there are others in the Old Style Recipe Collection and more still in the Slow Cooker Collection.

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    • pol
    • By pol 10th Aug 05, 7:08 PM
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    I think I'd be tempted to make some pies. Bulk out some of the mince with lentils, onions and mushrooms, use for pie filling, great for lunches, cold and freezes well too.

    You could layer it with onion, tomato, mushroom and any veg you have left over and top with suet crust pastry, (like a beef cobbler) bake, and that is pretty good the day after too.

    How about meatloaf? Eat freshly cooked with mash or chips and slice the day after and use for sandwiches or salad.

    pol
    • LondonDiva
    • By LondonDiva 10th Aug 05, 7:33 PM
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    With kids, you can always try the DIY approach with tortillas and sloppy joes etc. A bonus is that they actively eat all the veg without you even have to come up with strategies!!
  • Lyndsay_21
    yummm sloppy joes how do u make them
  • Lucie
    Chillie con carne - add plenty of kidney beans & some sweetcorn to make it go further. Serve with rice or with tacos / flour tortillas.

    Savory mince - make like shepheds pie filling but with extra gravy. Serve in giant yorkshires or with mash. Bulk out with lentils, carrots, onions, mushrooms or whatever you have to hand. A dash of Worcester sauce helps the flavour.
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