As the temperatures drop and the nights draw in, we all start to crave hearty, comfort food and so it is time to look at the best beef cuts for your autumnal dishes.
It is around November that pies, casseroles and roasts really come into their own, as we seek out filling meals that are also healthy and satisfying. The protein in these dishes is so important when our bodies use more energy just to keep us warm.
This time of year is also when our immune systems need a boost, as seasonal colds and flu begin to do the rounds, so food high in protein and vitamins can also help prevent catching a cold while keeping us healthy.
Autumn is a brilliant time for vegetables. With rich and earthy flavours in abundance, mushrooms, pumpkin, celeriac, parsnips, potatoes, and kale are the stars right now. The availability of these seasonal ingredients and their excellent pairing with the best cuts, create a perfect opportunity to try some hearty comfort food dishes that nourish our body and soul.
Beef is the UK’s favourite red meat, with the range of cuts available making it highly versatile. From minced and diced to a delicious roasting joint served whole, there are different preparation methods best suited to each particular cut.
Take a look at some of these methods below, alongside some tasty menu ideas. Then, explore more about our range of beef available and find your perfect cut on our website.
By eating food that is in season, we get the best possible price, quality and flavour, and while also reducing our carbon footprint.
Mushrooms are plentiful in autumn and a great addition to stir-fries and cooked breakfasts. Try them in stroganoff, a creamy, Russian dish that really highlights the flavour of the mushrooms, alongside sautéed strips of tender and delicious sirloin steak – the ideal, satisfying meal for a chilly autumn evening.
Beef stew is always a favourite at this time of year, but to make the most of the seasonal abundance of mushrooms and shallots, you could use the best beef cuts for stews, diced beef, to make the French, wine-drenched version, beef bourguignon.
Cut from the top rump, Meat & Co’s lean diced beef is designed for slow cooking to create meltingly tender meat and so is perfect for any casseroles, stews or pies. For a change from the norm, try making a slow-cooked Thai beef Massaman curry; it features potatoes and peanuts, which are also in season.
The classic British beef and potato dish, cottage pie, is the ultimate comfort food. Lean minced beef, also from the top rump and 90% fat-free, is needed for this dish. Try mixing the potato with butternut squash or celeriac to add extra colour and flavour and make it even better for you.
The perfect roast
After a cold, autumnal woodland walk, what could be better than sitting down to a hot roast dinner?
The beef roasting joints from Meat & Co are all specially selected for their quality, value and great flavour. With a huge selection to choose from, you can pick your joint based on your budget and the occasion.
Silverside of beef is the perfect joint for the weekly family roast, giving meat that is lean and rich in flavour but also budget-friendly.
For a special occasion, why not indulge in a whole rib-eye joint, cut from the eye of the rib. The marbling in the meat breaks down in cooking and adds to the flavour and texture of this succulent joint.
To really impress your guests, Beef Wellington should only be made with the best of the best: a whole fillet of beef or ‘tenderloin’, which is encased in a mushroom paste and puff pastry for a truly decadent dining experience.
With potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash and turnips all in season and readily available, there is no shortage of options for roasted veg to accompany your favourite meat. For greens, this is an excellent time for kale and leeks, with the much-maligned Brussel sprout also just coming into season.
For those who enjoy dishes full of flavour, with filling, earthy vegetables, autumn is the perfect season. Whether slow-cooked, roasted or pan-fried, the right cut of beef matched with the seasonal ingredients in abundance at this time of year will leave you and your guests highly satisfied.
With a family heritage of farming and butchery, Meat and Co. retain traditional values, bringing our loyal customers quality beef cuts alongside a range of other meat selections at the best possible price.
Order beef for your autumnal dishes on the website today.