This recipe is quite rich, never, ever fails and is right up there as one of the best comfort meals for wintry weather.
It’s a great way to get the benefits of grass-fed beef into your families diet in the most delicious way. Studies have proved grass-fed beef to be lower in total fat, higher in beta-carotene, higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), higher in B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin, higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium, higher in total omega -3s, a healthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84), higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter, higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA) and lower in the saturated fats that are linked to heart disease. This data comes from a 2009 study which was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina which compared the differences between grain and grass-fed animals.
S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, “Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content.”
To start with, this is the recipe we use without fail for a rich ragu or bolognaise and this works as a great base for this pie. Everybody has their favourite way to cook bolognaise. I experimented with so many and then discovered a treasure of a book years ago full of traditional Italian recipes, tried it and now it’s our staple way to cook mince.
This is a slow cooking method, you are going to need to get it on and then leave it for a good 2 hours. Slow cooking is one of the best ways to cook with traditional, real food and it always seems to put people off, in our chaos ridden lives, we don’t think we’ll have time. Yet, actually slow cooking, just needs the initial time put in and then the food can be left. You could get this on in the morning and ask your domestic worker to watch it and take it off after 2 hours. You could put it on when you come home, and let it cook while you get on with bathing kids and the domestic muddle of suburban lives. It’ll be ready about when the kids go to sleep and then you’ve got it done for the next evening all that’s needed is to make the mash or sweet potato slices. Or make it on a week-end when you’ve got the time to leisurely spend time with it in your kitchen, with a glass of wine, good music and a great spirit in the house.