From simple spaghetti bolognese to a rich roast dinner, beef can be used in a whole host of family favourites.
I use large chunks of beef in my braised dishes as they shrink less and have a better texture. I cook the beef covered in an oven for approx. 2 hours until it's juicy and tender. Cooked this way, casserole will melt in your mouth!
Pick up a quality rib of beef, dust with flour and mustard, and roast.
Serve with freshly-baked Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. And don’t forget to use a Knorr Beef Gravy Pot together with the roasting juices to make great-tasting gravy.
The secret to a roast is to set the beef aside to rest – this is a very important stage that makes the meat juicy and more succulent. Serve the beef with freshly-baked, nicely risen Yorkshire puddings and gravy for a roast meal that everyone will enjoy.
Roast beef – the perfect Sunday lunch. What I like to do is start the beef on top of the stove and get some heat into it. This way I can render the fat down and caramelise the beef. Once it gets into the oven, it’s already ten yards in front.
I have very happy childhood memories of braised beef brisket with dumplings. This classic boeuf bourguignon recipe, made with a whole brisket, is really just a more sophisticated version of that. It takes a long time to make, but it’s well worth the wait.
Perfection is a lot of little things done well. You can’t just throw everything in a pan and expect it to be delicious. The secret to simple classics like cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is the method. You have to do everything in stages and take each stage slowly. I can almost taste it already.
I’ve given you two recipes for flavoured butters: one with red wine and shallots, the other with parsley. You don’t just have to use them on steaks, either; try them on chops, chicken breasts or fish.
This steak recipe combines pan-fried steaks, glazed with a softened Knorr Rich Beef Stock Pot with large, almost meaty, mushroom slices, fried until browned. A dash of balsamic vinegar over the mushrooms and steaks cuts through the richness very nicely.
A lot of people cook beef in GUINNESS®. My beef stew recipe uses prune juice with the GUINNESS®, so that its bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the juice. Using a Knorr Rich Beef Stock Pot gives the great richness of flavour you want in a stew.