Aberdeen Angus Beef is one particular breed that most fine dinners can't get enough of. Often favoured as the cattle of choice for many farmers due to their easy to handle nature, Aberdeen Angus is a premium quality beef with an amazing texture and taste. All of us foodies here at Fine Scottish Hampers simply can't get enough of this divine meat, and of course in the spirit of celebrating amazing Scottish Food, we have created a list of 5 delicious Aberdeen Angus recipes for the a great way to enjoy this proper Scottish Beef.

1. Steak and Chips

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A classic that we all know and love, you haven't tasted a proper Scottish steak like a cut from Aberdeen Angus beef. Lightly fried in a grill pan or even enjoyed as part of a barbecue, how you cook this brilliant cut of meat is up to you.

Ingredients

  • 1 Aberdeen Angus Steak
  • 2 Potatoes
  • Salt, pepper and olive oil for seasoning
Method

Season your steak with salt, pepper and oil and rub all over. Place in a pan on a medium heat and cook for around 3 minutes on each side for medium to rare steak or a little longer if you like it well done. For the chips, peel and cut up about 1-2 large potatoes per person (depending on how hungry you are) and gently fry in vegetable oil until they become deliciously crisp.

2. Classic Scottish Beef Stew

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Many remember the days of returning home from a day out to a warming bowl full of stew, and not only is this incredible dish utterly delicious, it is also full of vegetables for that little extra added goodness.

Ingredients

  • 100g Diced Aberdeen Angus Beef Skirt or Steak
  • 3 Carrots (chopped)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (chopped)
  • 3 Parsnips (chopped)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 300ml Beef Stock
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 1 Glass of Red Wine
  • Squeeze of Honey
Method

Many love to make their stew in a slow cooker, but if you don't have one of these just a large casserole pan will do. Place your casserole on the heat and cut up your Aberdeen Angus beef skirt or steak into chunks. Toss in seasoned flour and gently fry until they are a light brown colour. Remove from the pan and add in the onions, celery, carrots and parsnips with garlic. Brown all of these together, and add the red wine, beef stock, a squeeze of honey and tomato purée, stir, bring to the boil and cover. Cook in the oven for 4 hours at 150 C stirring once. Remove and serve with mashed potatoes or dumplings.

3. Burger and Salad

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Everyone loves a good old fashion burger, and Aberdeen Angus beef helps to bring this recipe to life.

Ingredients

  • 100g Minced Aberdeen Angus Beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt, pepper and oil to season
  • Burger buns, salad and condiments to serve
Method

Mix Aberdeen Angus Mince with the chopped onion, salt, pepper and one egg together in a bowl. Create patties by rolling the mince into a ball and flattening down. Place in a frying pan with a little vegetable oil and fry on each side for approx 3 mins. Once cooked all the way through, serve your burger in a bun with grated Arran cheese and a spoon of sweet balsamic onions for a truly great taste you can't find anywhere else.

4. Angus Pie

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Flaky buttery pastry tops a silky smooth gravy in this brilliant recipe. If you aren't confident with creating your own puffed pastry, shop brought works just fine (but don't tell anyone).

Ingredients (for the filling)

  • 150g Aberdeen Angus Steak
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 250ml Stock
  • Dash of Scottish Ale
Method

To create this delicious filling toss your chunks of Aberdeen Angus steak in seasoned flour and brown. Add in one chopped onion, a clove of fresh garlic, stock and a dash of Scottish ale. Allow the mix to stew on the heat for approx 30 mins on a low heat, or if you have the time place in the oven for 3 hours at 150 C. Once cooked transfer to an oven proof dish, top with your pastry and volia! A proper pie that everyone will enjoy.

5. Roast Beef

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No Sunday is complete without a proper roast, even in Scotland. To make sure you get the most out of this cut of meat, cook the beef for slower and longer to create the perfect balance of flavour and moisture.

Ingredients

  • 1 Aberdeen Angus Joint
  • 1 Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (roughly chopped)
  • Salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil to season
Method

For the best roast beef method, season the joint with salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic and rub all over. Place in a roasting tin on top of sliced carrots and onions and roast in the oven for approx 1 hour at 190 C for the perfect medium finish. A classic Aberdeen Angus recipe that anyone can make.

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