So here was my recent dilemma. I had a fabulous roast beef dinner, but then struggled for ideas in utilising the leftover meat, especially as I didn’t want to eat the same thing several days in succession.
I thought about it and decided that the amount of meat leftover warranted several ideas. Something that I had not done before was to mince the beef. I was actually able to freeze half (with a view to making a family portion of chilli con carne) or can be used for making beef burgers or meatballs. For the immediate use, I would create a cottage pie, with the remainder. For those of you not familiar with cottage pie, this is a meat pie (beef) with a topping of mashed potato and grilled cheese. Having a mincer has been a revelation!
From a 2kg joint of silverside beef, the roast beef served 3 hungry mouths, I made 6 portions of cottage pie and had about 600g of minced beef, which I froze. No more waste, no more having to eat the same meal several nights running and to be honest a juicy joint of meat will only take so much re-heating, before it becomes dry and tough and starts to loose it’s flavour.
You don’t need to go to any major expense, as you can purchase a hand mincer. As I already have a Kenwood Major mixer, I purchased a mincer attachment, which will allow me to make burgers, sausages and generally mince meat. You can do the same if you own a Kitchen Aid.
With the roast beef leftovers, I also had onion gravy, which would become the base of the sauce to accompany the meat and I was able to utilise every bit of food.
Here is my recipe below for cottage pie.
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