Mince is meat which is minced, such as pork, lamb, veal, and beef. There are many ways you can use mince in your cooking, though pork is the most popular.
You can use mince in many different dishes, as well as in soups, stews, stir fries, and casseroles.
Mince is often used to make casseroles such as beef vegetable or chicken and barley casserole, but if you can’t afford mince, the following are some alternatives:
Beef and mince pie
Beef and Mince Pie is a recipe for the traditional Irish dish Beef and mince pie. To make beef and mince pie you will need to get some mince.
It’s not exactly easy to find, and it’s often available in very small portions, so use your discretion.
Next, you will need a pie crust, which is the same as you would use for a traditional mince pie. Use a filling such as beef, sage, onion and mixed with ground cardamom and nutmeg, along with browned butter.
If you can’t afford to use mince, there are plenty of other filling alternatives, such as:
Potato and puds pie
Potato and Puds Pie is a variation of beef and mince pie. To make potato and puds pie you will need a pie crust, and then you will need some onion, bacon, cheese, potatoes, and grated carrots.
To prepare potato and puds pie you will need some tinned potatoes, some cheese, oil, and seasoning.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the seasoning, the potatoes, and seasonings, and heat it until the potatoes are cooked through.
Cut the cheese into cubes, and fry in the oil until it is melty.
Bake the pie crust in the oven until it is golden brown, then cut into four pieces and roll out the pastry.
To serve, add the vegetables to the pie, and cover with the pie crust.
Baked spuds and bacon pie
Baked Spuds and Bacon Pie is another variation of potato and puds pie, it is also a very good meat dish for vegetarians or vegans.
To make baked spuds and bacon pie you will need a pie crust, a thick sliced bacon, tinned potatoes, some parsley, and seasoning.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the seasoning, the parsley, and the potatoes, and cook it until the potatoes are soft and then add the bacon.
Cut the bacon into small pieces and mix in the potatoes, seasoning, parsley, and oil, then add the seasoning to the pan.
Bake the pie crust until it is golden brown, then cut into four pieces and roll out the pastry.
Cut the bacon into pieces, and bake it in the oven until it is cooked through.
Beef and vegetable curry
Beef and Vegetable Curry is a very popular dish, it is often eaten in Middle Eastern countries and is also very popular in Ireland.
This recipe is very quick and easy, it takes only 30 minutes to make.
This recipe is a perfect dish to make using your slow cooker, a good size one will allow you to make the curry in one large bowl.
To make beef and vegetable curry, you will need:
- a big onion, chopped into small pieces
- a vegetable peeler, the same as you would use to peel a potato
- a large knob of butter
- about 8 garlic cloves, minced
- a large handful of fresh parsley
- a small bunch of fresh thyme
- a small handful of red chilli
- a small handful of fresh coriander
- a small tin of tomatoes, chopped
- about 2 cups of beef or chicken stock
- a can of tomato puree
- Some cumin seeds, about a tablespoon or two
To make beef and vegetable curry, start by dicing the onion, garlic, parsley, thyme, red chilli, and coriander. You can do this in two batches if you are busy.
Put the dicing ingredients into a large bowl, and put the butter in another bowl and stir in the cumin seeds. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, thyme, red chilli, and coriander to the buttery bowl, and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
Now pour the stock into the dicing bowl, and stir in until it is dissolved. Add the diced vegetables and the tomato puree to the dicing bowl and stir the ingredients together until they are well mixed.
Next put the minced beef into the mixing bowl, add a little seasoning, and stir it into the curry. Now, pour the contents of the tomato can into the mixing bowl and stir the ingredients together.
Pour the contents of the tomato can into a slow cooker, and turn it on high heat.
When the slow cooker is ready, the beef and vegetable curry will be done.
Mince and potatoes
Mince is one of the most popular ways to prepare the classic mash. It can be cooked to serve with veg, in a cake, or made into a loaf to serve with veg and gravy.
It is not too late to plan the whole menu for this autumn and there are plenty of delicious recipes out there to try.
If you need a little help deciding what to cook, the meal planner helps you decide on what ingredients you need to buy, and also offers links to recipes with nutritional information.