Tag Archives: Cheese

Cheat’s Tartiflette

7 Nov

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This is a perfect dish now that the weather is getting colder, because it’s really hearty and filling without being stodgy. The ingredients are all things that you probably already have in the fridge, so it’s really good for when you need to make something quick but tasty.

It’s also a great play on the classic French dish tartiflette, which is delicious but a lot more expensive as it uses double cream and reblochon cheese where I’ve used milk and cheddar, making it a perfect treat on a budget.

Tip: this would be really tasty with bacon in all of the layers, but if you want to do this I would suggest frying it first so that it crisps up a bit, as just cooking it in the milk won’t give it as nice a texture.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £0.63 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 baking potatoes
  • 1 rashers bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut the baking potatoes into slices.

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3) Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a layer of potatoes. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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4) Cover with a third of the grated cheese and half a roughly chopped onion.

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5) Add another layer of potatoes and cover with another third of the cheese and the rest of the onion. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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6) Add another layer of potatoes and season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Chop the bacon rashers into pieces and cover the potatoes with them. Drizzle with vegetable oil.

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7) Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, then add the milk and return to the oven.

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8) After another 10 minutes, remove from the oven and stir, to avoid the milk curdling.

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9) Add the rest of the grated cheese and cook for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted and the potatoes are cooked.

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10) Tuck in!

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Burritos

27 Sep

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These are a delicious treat that are surprisingly cheap to make – the rice helps to keep it a budget dish. They’re great with just cheese, or even better filled with lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. I’ve written beef in the recipe but it doesn’t really matter what meat you use for these either – I used beef and pork mince because it’s so much cheaper than just beef.

Leftover mince should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen. It’s best not to reheat the rice though.

Tip: this dish can be made as mild or as spicy as you like. If you’re cooking for people with different tastes then try making a mild mince and add tabasco sauce or chilli flakes to individual portions.

Serves: six people.

Cost per person: £0.81 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 6 tortillas
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large or 2 small peppers
  • 300g rice
  • 180g grated cheddar cheese, or similar
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the onion and fry on a high heat with the chilli powder for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden.

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2) Add the mince and cook for another 5 minutes, until brown.

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3) Add the chopped tomatoes and season with the mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer on a high heat for around 10 minutes, until the juices have mostly boiled off.

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4) At the same time put the rice on to boil. When cooked drain, rinse well with boiling water and set aside.

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5) Add the chopped pepper to the mince and cook for around 2 minutes, to ensure it stays crunchy.

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6) Serve the rice, mince and grated cheese in a tortilla, and roll into a burrito shape.

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7) Roll into a burrito shape and tuck in!

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Cheese and Vegetable Spaghetti

2 Sep

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This is a very cheap and simple recipe which can be made with lots of different variations, making it perfect for when you need to use up food before it goes off.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, and the sauce should be fine for around a month if frozen.

Tip: if you wanted to you could also add some cooked, chopped bacon to the sauce at the same time as – or instead of – the vegetables. I used broccoli in mine, but some other vegetables that would go well are:

  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflour
  • Leeks

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.34 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 100g grated mature cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 75g broccoli
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Melt the butter over a medium heat.

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2) Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

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3) Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the milk, until you get a smooth sauce.

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4) Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.

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5) Put the spaghetti on the boil. At the same time, season the sauce with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.

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6) Cut the broccoli into small florets and boil for two minutes. Stir the cheese into the sauce, and simmer until it melts.

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7) Drain the broccoli and stir into the sauce.

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8) Drain the spaghetti and serve.

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Classic Beef Burger

10 Jul

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It’s been such gorgeous sunny weather lately that I just had to do a recipe for a good old-fashioned beef burger for all the barbeques going on at the moment! It’s a very simple recipe, and you can add your preference of tomato, cheese, ketchup etc to it however you want to.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 50g tomato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 400g beef mince
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Whisk together the tomato puree and egg. Season and add the mixed herbs and chilli powder or cayenne pepper.

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2) Finely chop the onion and mix this into the tomato puree and egg mixture, along with the mince and breadcrumbs.

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3) Shape into patties (I used a burger press but your hands are fine if you don’t have one!) and either barbeque, or fry on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through – you can check by cutting into the burger with a knife if you aren’t sure if it’s done.

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4) Put the burgers into a bun along with your favourite fillings and enjoy!

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