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Christmas roast beef – Recipe

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Christmas turkey in favour of a foolproof step-by-step recipe to cook roast beef recipe with all the trimmings. Use our roasting calculator to work out exact roast beef cooking times and temperatures.

Ingredients
For the Yorkshire puddings
225g/8oz plain flour
8 free-range eggs
600ml/20fl oz milk
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the vegetables
1 cauliflower, cut into large florets
300g/10½oz French beans, trimmed
1 broccoli, cut into large florets
8 carrots, peeled and cut into batons
For the roast beef
2.75kg/6lb 2oz whole beef sirloin, fat and sinew trimmed
250g/9oz beef dripping or lard
For the gravy
200ml/7fl oz red wine
1 litre/1¾ pints beef stock
For the roast potatoes
2kg/4lb 8oz large floury potatoes such as King Edward, each peeled and cut into 2 or 3 pieces
For the Brussels sprouts
200g/7oz smoked streaky bacon slices, cut into lardons
500g/1lb 2oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and finely shredded
250g/9oz cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
175g/6oz butter
Method
First prepare the Yorkshire pudding batter. Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, then whisk in the eggs one at a time, bringing in the flour from the insides of the well as you do so.

Gradually whisk in the milk until the batter is smooth and well combined. Season with salt and pepper, then cover the bowl and chill in the fridge overnight.

You can also prepare the vegetables a day in advance. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Prepare a large bowl of iced water. Add the cauliflower florets to the boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes, or until perfectly tender. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and plunge into the bowl of iced water. Set aside until the florets have cooled (this will prevent them from continuing to cook). Drain, transfer to a roasting tray and set aside.

Repeat the process with the French beans, simmering them for just 2-3 minutes. Add the drained, cooled beans to the tray.

Repeat the process with the broccoli florets, simmering them for 1-2 minutes. Add the drained, cooled broccoli to the tray.

Repeat the process with the carrot batons, simmering them for 6-7 minutes. Add the drained, cooled carrot to the tray.

This will ensure you have all the vegetables prepared and perfectly cooked ready to reheat on the day. Chill all of the vegetables, covered, in the roasting tray (or in a re-sealable food bag or plastic container) until needed.

On Christmas Day, prepare the beef. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Score the fat of the beef in a criss-cross pattern using a sharp knife, then season the beef generously with salt and pepper.

Heat a frying pan over a high heat. When the pan is very hot, add 25g/1oz of the beef dripping and, when it has melted, fry the beef on all sides until browned all over.

Place the beef joint, fat side facing downwards, into a roasting tray and roast for 45-50 minutes (for medium-rare) or longer until cooked to your liking – although bear in mind that the meat will continue to cook as it rests. Turn the beef joint halfway through the cooking time. When the beef is cooked to your liking, transfer it to a large plate, cover with aluminium foil and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile for the gravy, return the frying pan containing the meat juices to a medium heat and, when it is hot, add the wine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue to simmer until the volume of liquid has reduced by half.

Add the beef stock and return the mixture to a simmer, simmering until the volume of liquid has reduced by one-third, then season with salt and pepper. Strain the gravy into a jug or gravy boat. Cover and keep warm until needed (you may need to reheat it before serving).

Next, make the roast potatoes. Place the potatoes into a large saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat until the water is simmering and simmer the potatoes for 3-4 minutes. Drain the potatoes using a colander and shake them around a little in the colander to roughen the edges. Set aside.

When the beef has only 35 minutes left to cook, put 100g/3½oz of the remaining beef dripping or lard into a deep-sided roasting tray. Heat the fat in the oven for 5 minutes, or until smoking hot.

Carefully add the cooked, drained potatoes to the hot fat, making sure you keep your face as far away from the roasting tray as possible in case the fat spits. Season the potatoes with sea salt, then return the roasting tray to the oven. Roast the potatoes with the beef for 30 minutes, or until they are starting to turn golden-brown and crisp.

Turn the potatoes over after you remove the beef from the oven, then increase the oven temperature to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7 and roast the potatoes for a further 30 minutes.

As soon as you have turned the potatoes over, divide 100g/3¾oz of the remaining dripping or lard equally among the holes of two 12-hole muffin tins or Yorkshire pudding tins. Heat the fat in the oven for 10 minutes, or until smoking hot.

Meanwhile, transfer the Yorkshire pudding batter to a jug. Carefully pour the Yorkshire pudding batter into the tins, filling each hole two-thirds full. Bake the Yorkshire puddings in the oven with the roast potatoes for the final 20 minutes that the potatoes should have left to cook, making sure you do not reopen the oven door.

After 20 minutes, open the oven door slightly to allow any steam to escape. Remove the potatoes, which should be ready now (prick them with a sharp knife to check they are tender in the middle). Transfer to a serving dish and keep warm.

Reduce the oven temperature to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Continue to cook the Yorkshire puddings at this temperature for a further 12-15 minutes, or until crisp, risen and golden-brown. Transfer to a serving dish and keep warm.

For the Brussels sprouts, heat the remaining dripping or lard in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown.

Add the sprouts and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until just wilted. Add the chopped chestnuts, half of the butter and 2 tablespoons of water, then stir-fry until the chestnuts have heated through and the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Finally, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, add all of the blanched vegetables and simmer for 30 seconds, or until heated through. Drain well and transfer to a serving platter, dotted with the remaining butter.

Serve the beef on a platter, surrounded by the roast potatoes on one side and the Brussels sprouts on the other. Serve the vegetables on a separate platter and the sauce in a gravy boat.

Source: News365

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Fast beef tacos recipe

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Fast beef tacos recipe. We love Mexican cuisine for its simplicity, ease and flavour and no dish encapsulates this more than beef tacos. And while there are plenty of variations to classic tacos, we think this recipe for beef tacos is the easiest and quickest out there – all you need is 5 ingredients and 20 minutes.

Top with refreshing iceberg lettuce and capsicum, and you have a delicious, fun and hands-on dinner for the whole family.

20m cook
4 servings

5 Ingredients

* 8 Coles Hard Taco Shells

* 500g Coles Australian No Added Hormones 3 Star Regular Beef Mince

* 50g pkt Coles Mexico Chile Con Carne Seasoning

* 2 cups Coles Shredded Iceberg Lettuce

* 1 small (about 200g) red capsicum, seeded, finely chopped

3 Method / Steps

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the taco shells on a large baking tray. Bake for 5 mins or until heated through.

Step 2

Meanwhile, add the mince to a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour. Add the chile con carne seasoning and 3/4 cup (185ml) water. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the mince mixture thickens.

Step 3

Divide the taco shells among serving plates. Fill taco shells with the mince mixture, lettuce and capsicum.

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Slow cooker Korean beef recipe

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Slow cooker Korean beef recipe. Who needs takeout when it takes just 10 minutes to prepare this slow cooker Korean beef? Simply get all your ingredients together and let the slow cooker work its magic.

The beef melts in your mouth with every bite thanks to the sweet and savoury flavours of the bulgogi sauce (which can be found in the Asian section of the supermarket), onion, garlic and ginger. The smoky notes from the sauce also infuse into the meat, and the addition of toasted sesame seeds on top show how easy it is to create a rich and complex flavour profile with such simple ingredients.

The beef mixture can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, making it perfect to have for leftovers. If you ask me, this recipe has the same strengths as a curry – it tastes even better the next day!

10m prep
4h cook
4 servings

9 Ingredients

* 1kg beef chuck steak, cut into 3cm pieces

* 1 brown onion, finely chopped

* 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

* 5cm piece ginger, grated

* 2 x 240g jars bulgogi sauce and marinade

* 1 tbsp cornflour

* 2 green shallots, thinly sliced diagonally

* Toasted sesame seeds, to serve

* Steamed rice, to serve

3 Method / Steps

Step 1

Combine the beef, onion, garlic, ginger and bulgogi sauce in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours 30 minutes or until beef is almost tender.

Step 2

Place the cornflour and 1 tsp water in a small bowl and stir to combine. Stir into beef mixture and cook, covered,
for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened and beef is tender.

Step 3

Top beef with shallots and sesame seeds and serve with steamed rice.

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Cauliflower cheese cob loaf recipe

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Cauliflower cheese cob loaf recipe. It’s not often the stars align when you’re developing a recipe. Especially when working on magazines, you’re creating recipes six months in advance, hearty stews in the middle of summer and light salads in winter.

But when I was asked to develop this recipe for a cauliflower cheese cob it coincided with family coming around for a barbecue. Putting garlic butter in the cob meant I had instant garlic bread, and the filling became a perfect cheesy side to the grilled steaks and bangers. Although this cauliflower cheese cob worked beautifully as a side dish, it also makes a perfect vegetarian main meal. Truly a great crowd-pleaser.

20m prep
40m cook
makes 6

10 Ingredients

* 600g cauliflower, trimmed, cut into florets

* 1 tbsp olive oil

* 50g butter

* 1 leek, trimmed, thinly sliced

* 50g (1/3 cup) plain flour

* 500ml (2 cups) milk

* 155g (1 1/2 cups) pre-grated 4 cheese blend

* 1 large cob loaf

* 50g bought garlic butter, melted

* Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve

4 Method / Steps

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Place the cauliflower on a baking tray. Drizzle with the oil. Season with salt. Roast, stirring halfway through cooking, for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the mixture bubbles. Remove from heat. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly, until smooth. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Add two-thirds of the cheese and remove from heat. Stir until smooth.

Step 3

Add the cauliflower to the cheese sauce. Stir until well coated. Season. Set aside.

Step 4

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a serrated knife to slice about 3cm from the top of the cob. Scoop out the bread inside, leaving a 2cm-thick shell (reserve inside bread for another use, see notes). Cut the lid into wedges. Place cob and the wedges on the prepared tray. Brush the inside of the cob with the melted garlic butter. Spray the wedges with oil. Bake for 10 minutes or until the bread is lightly golden.

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