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Recipe for savoury mince with variations to ring the changes.




If time, money and facilities are at a premium
suggestions for quick, cheap and easy meals are always welcome.  Here are a few which
may help you to ring the changes.

Savoury mince can be used in many different
ways to create interesting and varied meals. This mixture can be frozen for use later and
then when thoroughly thawed the various additions can be made, but always ensure the dish
is piping hot right through.

Basic Savoury Mince

1/2lb lean minced beef:

1 small or 1/2 large onion:       

1 stick of celery (optional):       

1 or 2 carrots:

Small can of tomatoes:

Beef stock cube.

Tbls. of oil

Worcestershire sauce  
(well worth having in your cupboard
as it puts a zing into many a dish.)


Heat oil in pan, chop onion, carrot an celery (if using)
and lightly sauté in the oil until beginning to brown. Add the
mince and stir until evenly browned. Add the tomatoes, stock cube, and Worcestershire
sauce mix well, cover and simmer gently for 20 to 25 minutes.


   These mixtures can also be used as topping for
baked potatoes.

  – Add 1-2 teaspoons for chilli powder or a drop of Tabasco sauce and a small can of
kidney beans (drained), cook for a further ten minutes to heat kidney beans right through.

– Peel potatoes, cook in salted water until soft.  Drain and mash, adding a little
butter if required. Place mince in ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potatoes.  
Dot with small knobs of butter and brown under grill.

Alternatively, packet mashed potato can be used.

РAdd a Tablespoon of tomato pur̩e, a small clove of garlic and 1/2 a teaspoon of mixed
dried herbs or oregano.  Cook spaghetti in salted water until still firm to the bite,
drain, serve and pour mince mixture on top.  This mixture can also be served with any
pasta shapes and is especially nice if topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

– Cut two muffins in half (or use whole crumpets) and toast. Spread meat mixture over the
top, sprinkle on some grated cheese, oregano, salami or any other favourite or left over
ingredients.  Place under grill for three or four minutes until cheese is bubbling.


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