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

Herb risotto

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

King prawns in tempura batter

This prawn recipe is for king prawns in tempura batter. This prawns in batter recipe makes a great starter or snack and is great served with sweet chilli mayonnaise.

Bacon rolls

Bacon rolls are a great accompaniment to many dishes. This is a simple bacon recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare and cook. Cooking bacon in mini rolls presents the bacon nicely on any dinner plate.

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.

Homemade beef burgers

This beef recipe is for homemade beefburgers, often referred to as hamburgers. This recipe for burgers is great served with onion rings and chipped potatoes.

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.

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.

Liver and bacon

This liver and bacon recipe is a great tasting liver recipe. Served with champ potatoes and darkened butter, this liver & bacon dish will be a firm favourite.

Lamb shank

This recipe for lamb uses lamb shanks that are slow cooked for great taste. This lamb shanks recipe is great served with potatoes and vegetables.

Braised brisket with dumplings

This beef recipe is for a brisket of beef with dumplings. This brisket recipe is also a great way of slowly cooking a shoulder of lamb. If looking for recipes for brisket, this beef brisket will be ideal.