Beef is wonderfully versatile - you can throw it in a stir fry, roast it in the oven, whack it in a curry, or simply grill it on the barbeque and you are bound to create something tasty.
To make things a bit easier for you, the team at Bord Bia’s Food Advisory Centre have come up with just the recipes to satisfy your craving for beef.
Beef burgers with bacon, farmhouse cheese and beetroot relish
Ingredients (serves 4 )
500g lean minced beef
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 parsley, chopped
A little salt and freshly ground black pepper
400g peeled and grated fresh beetroot
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium cooking apple, peeled and grated
300ml red wine
100ml balsamic vinegar
A little salt
Beetroot or tomato relish
4 bread rolls, split in half and lightly toasted
4 thick slices cheese
4 slices streaky bacon, grilled
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Add in the onion and sauté for a couple of minutes until softened. Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
Place the mince, cooled onion, garlic, tomato purée, Worcestershire Sauce, parsley, and seasoning in a bowl. Mix well then shape into four burgers. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the burgers for four to five minutes on each side until fully cooked. They can also be cooked on the barbecue.
Put a spoonful of relish on the bottom half of each bun. Follow with a handful of salad leaves and a burger then top with a slice of cheese and a slice of streaky bacon.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté gently for about five minutes until softened. Remove from the pan. Heat a little more oil and then sauté the beetroot for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add back in the onion and garlic mixture along with the remaining ingredients.
Simmer gently for 35 to 40 minutes until it thickens to a jam-like consistency. Allow to cool then store in a fridge. It will keep for three to four weeks.
The beetroot relish goes really well with these burgers. You could, however, replace it with your own favourite relish.
Serve with a green salad.