Lego Burgers

Lego Burgers

These Lego Burgers are filled with a beef Lego man shaped patty, enclosed inside a savoury waffle. Perfect fun food for all Lego and beef burger fans.
Lego Burgers

We eat a fair bit of red meat dishes in our house. We do not eat lamb, however, as none of us like it, but I do cook with beef, and occasionally pork mince, to make some easy family meals. While the majority of my red meat dishes are relatively straight forward, because I have a pair of fussy eaters, occasionally I like to make them something a bit different to make mealtime a bit more fun for my boys, especially after a busy week at school. These Lego Burgers are exactly that – fun and tasty. Yet they still contain the nutritional goodness that a pair of growing boys need in their diet.

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Piri Piri Mini Roast Beef

Piri Piri Mini Roast Beef

I love roast beef with all the trimmings for a Sunday lunch. There is something so comforting about it, aswell as it being so delicious due to the flavours of the meat and the fact that it make for the best gravy of all the meats (in my personal opinion).

However, as much as my family and I enjoy eating it, I have to admit that it never occurs to me to cook a mini roast beef during the week. I would consider roasting a chicken mid week however, and indeed I have done this several times, but not a small piece of beef. So when I was approached by Red Tractor to showcase a recipe using a good quality piece of British beef to use as a midweek roast supper, I was very happy to accept and try out a new way of cooking beef. I think also that because I cook my Sunday lunch joints of beef in a slow cooker, I forget how quick and easy it is to prepare a mini roast.

I bought a medium sized mini roast joint, as I was cooking for all four of us but of course mini roasts are also the perfect size for two to share.

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I do not know about you, but it is important to me to know that I am purchasing farm assured quality meat that is produced by British farmers here in the UK.  The Red Tractor logo means that any beef (or lamb) that carries this on its packaging can be traced back to the farms the livestock came from. Therefore, I can buy it safe in the knowledge that the farmers and suppliers who produce beef (and lamb) for both schemes meet comprehensive standards covering safety, hygiene, environmental protection and animal welfare at every stage from farm to fork.

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I am probably bit boring when it comes to adding flavour to my beef, as I always use the same method because I know it works and taste great, so it was nice to be a bit adventurous and try something new and different. Red Tractor have some delicious recipes on their website, because Mini Roasts are very versatile and can be used for a huge variety of recipes such as, Teriyaki beef with noodles, or lamb with a delicious pistachio crust.  I decided to showcase their Portuguese inspired Piri Piri Beef . It was very easy to prepare – about 5 minutes in total, which can be done while the oven is preheating. You simply make a marinade , slash the meat with a knife, coat the beef with the marinade and then roast it for 40-60 minutes depending on how you prefer your meat.

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One tip I have for this, is that to save some time you could marinade the mini roast the night before or even in the morning in between breakfast and leaving the house, and then that would save a little time and help the flavours soak into the meat, making it more flavoursome and tender.

I decided to add some potato wedges to my beef while it roasted, to allow the potatoes to take on the delicious flavours of the beef juices and the marinade. I par boiled the potatoes, and then added them to the roasting pan once the beef had been cooking for ten minutes. Then 25 minutes later, I gave the pan a shake and stirred the potatoes to ensure all sides were covered. 

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I also roasted some carrots, onions and cauliflower in a separate pan and in the same marinade as the beef, which I hoped would work ok!!! We prefer our beef medium to well done so the mini roast was given 50 minutes to cook, and then while the broccoli was cooking, the beef rested while I turned the oven up a notch to give the potato wedges a quick blast off heat to crisp them up a tad. Look at the beef – the sticky glaze running down it with the patchy gnarly tasty parts over it. It smelt divine!

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To serve the Piri Piri Mini Roast to my hungry family, I sliced it

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and sat it on a serving platter with the roasted wedges, veg and broccoli around it and poured over the sticky juices. 
 
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Then everyone got their forks and spoons and stuck in and helped themselves!

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Yummy!!!!!

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I did actually buy some ingredients to make a yogurt dip to accompany the beef dish, but I forgot to make it! Still, the meal was delicious enough so it was not missed at all. I wish this post has smell-o’vision because it was amazing and all the sticky juices made everything so tasty, and no one minded the subtle heat from the chilli.

Mini roasts are a great way to serve your family a quick, tasty and easy mid week meal and by serving alongside roasted veg, I saved myself a lot of hassle as everything was taken care of by my oven and there were less pans involved too! Win win I say! My mini roast cost £8 which for a family of four, or even for two is very reasonable , especially as there was leftover beef to use again for another meal. I often buy minced beef, and this can cost almost £5, so for another £3 this makes a mini roast mid week meal even more appealing! 

For everything you need to know about beef and lamb, more recipe ideas and information about Red Tractor beef and lamb, please visit www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk

This post was written in collaboration with Red Tractor.

Slow Cooker Beef in Ale Stew

Slow Cooker Beef in Ale Stew

This comforting Slow Cooker Beef in Ale Stew is perfect for when the weather turns colder and you want a meal that you can leave to cook by itself in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Beef in Ale Stew

Wet and windy days like today are perfect for getting your slow cooker out, or putting a stew in a casserole dish and into your oven, to cook slowly and produce a tasty home cooked meal. A meal that not only warms you up, but fills you up too. This Slow Cooker Beef in Ale Stew is very easy to make. Slow cooking the beef makes it tender. It also makes for a very tasty meal, due to the flavoursome gravy it cooks in.

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Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine

Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine

slow cooked beef in red wine

With the weather being a little more autumnal recently, I have started using my slow cooker again. I love my slow cooker – such an easy way to make a great tasting meal for my family, which makes the meat so tender and full of flavour.  

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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

This Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a perfect winter warmer and can be cooked until the meat is tender and falling apart. delicious!
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

With the weather feeling much cooler now, it is definately time to cook some winter warmers. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a great example of this. It also means that it is time to get the slow cooker out. Knowing that I can place all of my ingredients in my slow cooker/crock pot first thing, and leave it all day to cook slowly is perfect when you have a busy day to get through. 

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