Mains recipes – cooking tips

Mains recipes come in all shapes and sizes to suit different tastes and appetites.  Here, are some great suggestions for cooking tips for mains recipes.

  • Try to find yourself a good family butcher.  In most cases you will find them extremely helpful and will hold a vast knowledge of the cuts of meat.
  • Where beef is concerned, don’t be fooled by the bright redness of some pre-wrapped meat.  Meat should be hung for about 3 weeks after being slaughtered to allow the muscles to relax and the meat will be more tender to eat.  This makes the colour of the beef a darker and deeper red.
  • Look for the meat to have a certain amount of fat as it is the fat that gives most of the flavour.  If, for instance, you are looking to buy rib-eye steaks, stay away from the bright red, fatless meat.  Instead, look for a darker red in colour and streaks of fat that run through the meat, called marbling.  When cooked, the steak will almost melt in your mouth
  • When buying poultry such as chicken, it is nice, if we can afford to, to buy free range, organic birds.  These will have had the freedom to roam and forage freely around the farmyard.  They are likely to have lived longer, developed more muscle, had a happy life and will give lots more flavour.

Different cuts of meat

  • One of the arts of cooking is to use the cheaper cuts of meat to produce a really tasty meal such as roasted belly pork, braised brisket of beef or shoulder of lamb.  All made with these cheaper cuts so are inexpensive and great value for money
  • Another cut of meat that offers good value for money is pork fillet.  After trimming off any sinew and excess fat, there is the most beautiful tender piece of meat and, in this case, it can be cooked in a few minutes.

Mains recipes

Stir fried duck

This stir fry recipe is for stir fried duck with broccoli and cashew nuts. This stir fried duck is served with noodles.

Pumpkin kebabs

Pumpkin kebabs are a great way of cooking pumpkin. This recipe for pumpkin kebabs uses bacon and pepper to make great tasting kebabs.

Cottage pie

This recipe for cottage pie can be made with lamb to make Shepherds Pie. Cottage pie is a firm favourite with many.

Cooked breakfast

Breakfast recipes are for all day and this mini cooked breakfast makes a great snack or meal. This cooked breakfast recipe will really start your day.

Toad in the hole

This recipe for toad in the hole is a traditional recipe using sausages and Yorkshire pudding mix.

Chicken fajitas

This chicken recipe is for chicken fajitas. This chicken fajita recipe is great served with soured cream, sliced jalapeño peppers, julienne of cucumber, grated cheese and extra lettuce.

Pumpkin and chicken vol au vents

Pumpkin vol au vents are a great recipe for cooking pumpkin. This pumpkin recipe uses chicken and vol au vents to make a great tasting snack or meal.

Herb risotto

This risotto recipe is for a herb risotto with sunblushed tomatoes. If looking for a recipe for risotto, this will be ideal.

Lamb kebabs

This lamb recipe is for lamb kebabs and is served with a yoghurt dressing and red onions. These lamb kebabs will be great for barbeques.

Chilli con carne

This chilli recipe is for chilli con carne, sometimes called chilli concarne. This chilli con carne recipe is nice served with fluffy plain white rice and an accompaniment of avocado salsa, extra soured cream and tortilla chips.