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Recipe of the Week: Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

Time 3 hours
Per portion: 594 Kcal, 29g fat (13.8g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Diced stewing beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Plain flour 2 tbsp
  • Beef stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
  • Tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
  • Hot horseradish sauce 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Stilton or other strong blue cheese 110g (4oz), crumbled
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Milk 3–4 tbsp
  • Closed cup mushrooms 110g (4oz), wiped and sliced
  • Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef for a few minutes. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring, until the meat is browned and the onion softened.
  2. Stir in the flour, then mix in the stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring.
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish large enough to hold the stew and scone topping. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the flour, a little salt and pepper and butter into a mixing bowl and rub in the fat until you have fine crumbs. Stir in the cheese, then add nearly all the egg, keeping just enough back to glaze the top. Gradually stir in enough milk to mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead very lightly then roll out on a lightly floured surface until a little smaller than the top of the casserole dish.
  5. Remove the lid, stir in the mushrooms then cut the scone topping into eight pieces. Arrange on the meat in a single layer and brush with the remaining egg.
  6. Cook, uncovered, for 20–25 minutes until the topping is well risen and golden. Spoon onto warmed plates and serve with peas, if using.

Cook’s tip
For a richer sauce, you might like to add some red wine or beer in place of some of the stock.

 


 

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Top tips for reducing food waste part 4

Top tips for reducing food waste part 4 - Freeze!

Freeze!

Almost anything can be frozen – honestly, when I first learned about what you can put in your freezer I was amazed.

At present, in my freezer I have: leftover shepherd’s pie, leftover pea soup, 2 loaves of bread, a block of cheese (buy one get one free), petits pois, fish fingers, Smiles (don’t judge – my children love them), homemade cookie dough, minced beef, chicken breasts, ice lollies.

Okay, you’re not really interested in the contents of my freezer but I thought it would be useful to show the breadth of what can be frozen.

Here’s a speedy and hopefully useful summary of what can/can’t be frozen. With all of the following, ideally freeze when they are at their freshest.

Freeze

  • Raw fish and meat – but check that they haven’t been frozen previously
  • Cooked fish and meat
  • Vegetables
  • Cooked meals – I tend to avoid rice or pasta dishes as I never think that they reheat well
  • Herbs
  • Bread
  • Stocks and sauces
  • Pies and crumbles
  • Most fruit, raw or cooked. Strawberries and raspberries though tend to go a little soggy so I would avoid freezing.
  • Almost all biscuits, bakes and cakes (unfilled and without frostings)

Don’t freeze

  • Lower fat creams and cheeses
  • Eggs
  • Yogurts
  • Jams
  • Salad stuffs, which will go mushy

Always allow to cool, pack in a suitable container and label. I never defrost in the microwave but prefer to leave overnight in the fridge.

And remember to use
what’s in the freezer!

If it’s getting full, have a ‘cheap shop’ week and use up your freezer contents rather than buying more.

Ideal for freezing leftovers, this beef recipe is pure comfort food.

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

 

Braised Beef with Stilton Scones

Time 3 hours
Per portion: 594 Kcal, 29g fat (13.8g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Diced stewing beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Plain flour 2 tbsp
  • Beef stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
  • Tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
  • Hot horseradish sauce 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Stilton or other strong blue cheese 110g (4oz), crumbled
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Milk 3–4 tbsp
  • Closed cup mushrooms 110g (4oz), wiped and sliced
  • Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the beef for a few minutes. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring, until the meat is browned and the onion softened.
  2. Stir in the flour, then mix in the stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring.
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish large enough to hold the stew and scone topping. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the flour, a little salt and pepper and butter into a mixing bowl and rub in the fat until you have fine crumbs. Stir in the cheese, then add nearly all the egg, keeping just enough back to glaze the top. Gradually stir in enough milk to mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough. Knead very lightly then roll out on a lightly floured surface until a little smaller than the top of the casserole dish.
  5. Remove the lid, stir in the mushrooms then cut the scone topping into eight pieces. Arrange on the meat in a single layer and brush with the remaining egg.
  6. Cook, uncovered, for 20–25 minutes until the topping is well risen and golden. Spoon onto warmed plates and serve with peas, if using.

Cook’s tip
For a richer sauce, you might like to add some red wine or beer in place of some of the stock.

 


 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookThis recipe is taken from our wonderful Fantastic Food for Less cookbook.

For more fantastic food, you can buy the book for just £5.99!!

Use the discount code DDPR and you’ll get free postage too!

Buy

 

#freeze

#lovefoodhatewaste

#reducefoodwaste

#tripletested

#Stilton

Top 3 Dips to Share

Top 3 Dips to Share

I love a relaxed evening with friends – the impromptu sort when you decide you really need a catch-up, so you throw a few nibbles together and chill a bottle of fizz.

One of the best sharing foods is dip.

I like to serve with a range of crudité (how virtuous we feel eating carrot and cucumber sticks!), breadsticks and some warm pitta triangles.

crudité

Here are the top 3 Dairy Diary dips of all time…

 


 

Hummous

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas 410g can, drained
  • Lemon 1, juice only
  • Garlic 3 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Ground cumin ½ tsp
  • Ground coriander ½ tsp
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Crunchy peanut butter 3 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander 1 tbsp, optional

Instructions

  1. Place chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor and whizz to a coarse mixture.
  2. Tip mixture into a bowl and stir in cumin, coriander, yogurt and peanut butter and season to taste.
  3. Spoon into a serving bowl and chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with oil and garnish with coriander, if liked.

 


 

Stilton & Walnut Dip

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Curd cheese or quark 150g (5oz)
  • Stilton cheese 150g (5oz), crumbled
  • Soured cream 150g (5oz)
  • Snipped chives 2 tbsp, plus extra to garnish
  • Chopped walnuts 50g (2oz), plus extra to garnish
  • Paprika to garnish

Instructions

  1. Put cheeses and soured cream into a bowl and beat together until combined.
  2. Fold chives and walnuts into mixture and spoon into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with paprika, chives and walnuts and chill until required.

 


 

Hot Artichoke & Chive Dip

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Artichoke hearts 390g can, drained
  • Parmesan cheese 75g (3oz), grated
  • Light mayonnaise 125ml (4fl oz)
  • Soured cream 125ml (4 fl oz)
  • Snipped chives to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except chives into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Season to taste.
  2. Spoon mixture into a saucepan and heat gently until hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl, sprinkle with chives if you like, and serve immediately.

 


 

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Recipe of the Week | Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

 

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

 

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 303 per portion
Fat 20g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Shortcrust pastry 150g (5oz)
  • Butter 15g (½oz)
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Small broccoli florets 75g (3oz)
  • Stilton 50g (2oz), crumbled

When ready to cook: serves 2

  • Egg 1
  • Milk 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roll out the pastry and use to line four 10cm (4in) diameter flan tins.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for 3–4 minutes until softened.
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Pour into a sieve, rinse under cold water and drain.
  4. Divide the onion, broccoli and Stilton between the four tins.

To serve now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C /425°F/Gas 7. Mix together 1 egg and 100ml (3½fl oz) milk. Pour into two tins, season and mix gently. Place on a baking tray. Bake for 20–30 minutes until set and golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tins. Serve warm.

To freeze:

  1. Wrap the assembled quiches in cling film and pack into a plastic container. Seal, label and use within 4 months.

To serve from the freezer:

  1. Unwrap two tins, and cook as above (adding egg and milk); there’s no need to defrost.

Cook’s tips
These can be cooked straight from the freezer, which is perfect for when you’re short of time. Simply add with the egg and milk before baking. If you have any egg and milk mixture left, mix with 1–2 tsp sugar and orange zest, pour into a ramekin and bake with the quiches for a scrumptious baked custard. If you don’t have individual flan tins you could use metal poachette rings set on a baking tray.

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

Recipe of the week: Raspberry Mango Stilton Salad

Raspberry Mango Stilton Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 279 per portion
Fat 21g (7.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Raspberry vinegar 6 tbsp
  • Olive oil 4 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Raspberries 250g (9oz)
  • Mango 1 peeled, stoned and cubed
  • Stilton cheese 110g (4oz), cubed
  • Salad leaves 150g bag

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, pour the raspberry vinegar and olive oil into a bowl and add the mustard, sugar and seasoning. Whisk the dressing to mix together the ingredients.
  2. Add half the raspberries to the bowl and use a fork to mash them slightly into the dressing. Stir the mango and cheese into the dressing.
  3. Divide the salad leaves between four plates. Spoon over the mango and cheese and scatter over the remaining raspberries, drizzling over any remaining dressing
  4. Serve immediately with some crusty bread to mop up the dressing.

 

Cook’s tip

If possible, choose a bag of salad that contains some shredded beetroot as the deep red colour looks good with the red raspberries and orange mango.

 

Recipe taken from Just One Pot.

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