As part of our Food Waste Pledge series, we’ve collated recipes from participating restaurants.
As a steak restaurant, Hawksmoor Air Street found that trimmings of prime beef were pretty common. Instead of wasting them, the chefs started to make Potted Beef, served with Yorkshire Puddings. The dish quickly became a staff food favourite and received such high praise that it ended up on the menu.
Easy to recreate at home, this food-waste-friendly dish is a great way to use up Roast Beef leftovers from your Sunday lunch. Read on to discover the Potted Beef & Bacon with Yorkshires recipe - that perfectly serves four.
Potted Beef & Bacon with Yorkshires
For the potted beef and bacon:
- 250g chuck steak or steak trimmings or roast beef left overs
- 250g piece of bacon belly (ask your butcher)
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp Maldon sea salt
- 10g drained anchovies (about 4 fillets) (from sustainable sources) 100ml beef jus (organic)
- 100ml beef dripping melted salted butter, to seal
For the Yorkshire puddings:
- 2 free range eggs, beaten
- The same volume of organic milk as the eggs
- The same volume of plain flour as the eggs
- 2 tbsp. beef fat, for cooking
For the Potted Beef:
- Preheat your oven to 140°C/275°F/gas
- Place all the Potted Beef ingredients except the butter in a cast-iron pot. Cover and place in the oven for 3 hours.
- Remove from the oven and flake the meat with your fingers. Put into sterilized Kilner jars (or an earthenware pot) whilst hot, and top with melted butter to seal. Allow to cool and refrigerate until needed.
For the Yorkshire Puddings:
- Measure the volume of your beaten eggs (probably around 100ml) and mix with equal quantities by volume of milk and plain flour. Store overnight in the fridge.
- The next day, when you are ready to eat, preheat your oven to 210°C/425°F/gas 7. Heat 2 tsp of beef fat in each well of your Yorkshire pudding tins until smoking.
- Carefully pour in 60ml of your Yorkshire pudding batter per hole, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and risen.
- Turn the puddings over and cook for a further minute or two, to colour the underneath.
Visit Hawksmoor Air Street to try their Potted Beef & Bacon with Yorkshires and other food waste friendly dishes at 5A Air Street, London W1J 0AD
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