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Italian Minced Beef Plait – so quick & easy to prepare!

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I have a really simple and easy recipe for you today, Italian Minced Beef Plait. I was very happy to be approached by Wahl who asked me develop a hearty meal using the Wahl James Martin Grind and Chop which is available in Argos. I can’t tell you what a handy little machine this is. For my Italian Minced Beef Plait I used the chopper bowl attachment for mincing the onions, garlic, celery and carrot, chopping the cheese, making breadcrumbs and beating the egg. It was like having an extra pair of helping hands and really sped up the preparation process. It also comes with a grinder bowl with which you can grind things like spices and coffee.

Italian Minced Beef Plait - Fab Food 4 All

Operating the Wahl James Martin Grind and Chop is so simple, you just twist in the chopper or grinder bowl (handily labelled) and then pop over the clear cup like lid and press down. It’s so easy and there’s no strain on you thumb like you can get when operating similar machines. The cup lid simply presses down onto an inconspicuous switch on the rim of the machine, you just need to make sure the cup is straight. I am very impressed with this little gadget and will be keeping it on my worktop as it is small enough not to not get in the way. I love that I can grate cheese, beat an egg,, mince onion and make bread crumbs in seconds which are things I do all the time. There is a handy recipe booklet from James Martin which has recipes for things like spice mixes, curry paste and pesto so I look forward to trying these (big fan of James) and developing some more recipes of my own.

Italian Minced Beef Plait - Fab Food 4 All

I think you’ll love my Italian Minced Beef Plait because there is no pan frying of vegetables in the prep of this dish, they’re all pulverised in the Wahl James Martin Grind and Chop so just go straight into the mince along with all the other ingredients. Your family or friends will think you’ve slaved for hours making this impressive looking plait but it really is so quick and easy to prepare. My family all loved it and I served it with a salad and new potatoes but it would be equally good with an assortment of vegetables. Everyone had seconds but I kept a slice back for my lunch the next day which was also delicious (along with the leftover new potatoes and salad)!

Italian Minced Beef Plait - Fab Food 4 All

I do hope you make this Italian Minced Beef Plait is it is sure to please and if you’d like more photos of the plaiting technique take a look at my Sweet Chilli Sausage Plait. For more inspiration using minced beef why not check out these recipes:

Minced Beef Hotpot – Fab Food 4 All

Minced Beef and Onions – Fab Food 4 All

Homemade East Coast Style Donair Kebabs – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Wild Mushroom Meatballs with Garlic Bruschetta – The Petite Cook

Italian Minced Beef Plait - Fab Food 4 All

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Italian Minced Beef Plait - so quick & easy to prepare.
 
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Italian Minced Beef Plait is a quick and easy recipe which is like a cross between a meat loaf and a Beef Wellington - delicious and sure to please the family with its hidden veg.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 - 5
Ingredients
  • 500g good quality minced beef or steak
  • I onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into chunks
  • 1 celery stick, chopped into chunks
  • 2 slices stale bread (100g) torn up
  • 1 – 2 tsp Italian mixed herbs
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50g mature Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry (320g)
  • additional egg for egg wash
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and place a sheet of non-stick baking paper onto a large baking tray.
  2. Put the minced beef in a large bowl.
  3. Mince the garlic and onion together in the Wahl James Martin Grind and Chop using the chopper bowl, then add to the mince.
  4. Next mince the carrot and celery in the same Grind and Chop bowl and add to the mince.
  5. Place the torn bread into the Grind and Chop to make breadcrumbs, then add to the mince.
  6. Put the cubes of Cheddar in the Grind and Chop and chop until like fine gravel and add to the mince.
  7. Beat the egg using the Grind and Chop and add to the mince.
  8. Finally add the herbs, tomato puree, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with your hand.
  9. Unroll the pastry and transfer to the lined baking sheet.
  10. Place the mince on top of the pastry and form into long brick shape leaving a 4 cm gap at each end.
  11. Next take a knife and cut 1.5 cm strips down each side at a 45º angle.
  12. Fold one end flap of the pastry over the end of the mince (trimming as necessary) and then draw up alternate strips of pastry to form a plait (wet the ends of the strips if necessary so they stick).
  13. Once you get close to the end fold up the end flap of pastry (trimming as necessary) and then finish the plait with the end tucked in.
  14. Finish off by beating an egg in the Grind & Chop and brush the egg wash over the plait.
  15. Place on the middle shelf of oven and bake for 1 hour until pastry is golden and mince cooked.
  16. Serve with vegetables or salad of your choice.

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  1. natalie moore

    this looks so yummy i must try this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Natalie, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  2. Sheena Batey

    Trying to avoid pastry but I might just allo myself to be tempted by this recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I’m sure you’d love it-)

  3. rebecca_102

    This looks lovely and even better it’s made so simple. Will definitely be trying this for dinner very soon!

  4. Mike

    This looks very tasty.

  5. Carl

    Looks a great idea for a treat.

  6. Lia Burns

    This looks real good, I think my kids would like it too, will have to give it a go x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lia, I’m sure they’d love it-)

  7. Sally

    I will certainly have to give this a try.

  8. Susie Wilkinson

    That looks like a great recipe for a weekday meal, I’ll be giving it a go in the next few weeks!

    1. Camilla

      Great Susie, do let me know what you think:-)

  9. Sheila Reeves

    Love the sound of this different style of serving mince, great change from making with pasta, and love that there could be left0overs for lunch too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sheila, yes it’s easy to get into a groove when cooking!

  10. Sandra Jo Siddall

    Oh that looks and sounds yummy! I think I will have a go tonight

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Sandra, do hope you enjoyed it:-)

  11. mandajane

    this looks so good and even I could make it

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes it is really simple:-)

  12. Tracey S Anderson

    The grinder looks as though it could be a fabulous helping hand in the kitchen. Never been one to make a good pastry although i may try this looks delciious x x

    1. Camilla

      It’s so good, I even made icing sugar in it the other day when I ran out. Recipe uses shop bought pastry so no worries there:-)

  13. Amy Fidler

    Think im gonna attempt this next week x

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Amy, it’s so easy:-)

  14. Margaret

    What a delightful way to treat my family to traditional home cooked food i ll certainly give this a go

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, great Margaret, glad to have inspired you-)

  15. Emma Smith

    I am really loving the look of this and am sure it will be a hit with all of the family.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma I’m sure your family will love it:-)

  16. Angela

    Oh my, this sounds delicious! Looks beautiful too! Saving this to try soon!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  17. Heather Haigh

    Lovely tasty, easy recipe, perfect for cold days to bring comfort and smiles

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, will be making this again soon:-)

  18. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    That machine sounds so handy for doing all kinds of jobs! Like you say, it’s like having a little assistant in the kitchen! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It really is great Becca:-)

  19. Nettie Moore

    This will wow the crowds! Just gorgeous! Nettie

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nettie:-)

  20. Manila Spoon (Abigail)

    I love quick and easy and this Beef plait looks totally delicious!

    1. Camilla

      So do I, thank you:-)

  21. cakespy

    LOVE This! it looks so fancy, I couldn’t believe how accessible the recipe is! Awesome work, and thank you for sharing with us!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I do love maximum impact, minimum effort cooking:-)

  22. Katie Bryson

    What a fantastic family-friendly Recipe Camilla, my boys would LOVE this. I think I’ll try making it with veggie mince. I love the sound of that gadget btw… what a timesaver!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, yes or a nut loaf type of thing could work well too:-)

  23. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Will make a nice change from the sausage one I usually make

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Richard, yes it will:-)

  24. Helen Moulden

    This looks incredible! I’m going to try it on a sunday instead of the usual roast.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) Great Helen, do let me know what you think!

  25. Roz goodgame

    It looks fantastic. Pastry so perfect and golden too

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Roz, no soggy bottoms here:-)

  26. Helen at Casa Costello

    Oh its been yonks since I had a minced beef plait – Its a real hearty family favourite and yours looks great. That looks a really handy gadget too – I like that it doesn’t take up too much worktop space.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, I’ve never had one before but it’s just like a meatloaf in pastry really:-)

  27. Karen Burns-Booth

    We would all love this here, as I make a sausage plait that JUST flies off the table! LOVE the look of your beefy plait here though Camilla! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, it was indeed my sausage plait recipe that gave me the inspiration when I saw my own pin the other night:-)

  28. Kathi

    What an easy and wonderful recipe!! Would be a nice change up from our regular meals!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kathi:-)

  29. sue | theviewfromgreatisland

    What a gorgeous comforting dinner ~ so fancy, but you’ve made it seem easy. I just happen to have puff pastry in the freezer, so this is happening in my kitchen asap!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) Excellent Sue, so glad to have inspired you!

  30. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Wow this sounds wonderful! I’ve never had anything like it before. This would be a huge hit with my husband.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, I’m sure it would:-)

  31. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    This sounds so handy for a quick preparation of meal. And not only that, minced beef is one of my old favorite.

    1. Camilla

      The Grind and Chop is so very handy and perfect for this recipe:-)

  32. Willow | Will Cook For Friends

    This sounds so delicious! You’re right, it really does look impressive, but the recipe seems totally manageable.

    And what a handy little gadget!! I see people showing off giant contraptions all the time, but I love how small this is. I don’t have a lot of extra kitchen space, but it looks like this could replace my current spice grinder and fit in the same spot. Plus it would double for grinding and chopping things that are too small to get hit by the blades of a full-sized food processor. (Not to mention it would be way less hassle to get out and clean than a regular food processor… ugh, what a pain.) I’ll definitely have to check one of these out, thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Great Willow, glad you like my plait and the Grind and Chop which is just like having and extra pair of helping hands on the worktop without cluttering it!

  33. Choclette

    That grinder sounds really handy. Finely chopping and mincing can be a bit of a chore. Love the look of your plait too. I need to be more adventurous with pastry.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Choclette, yes the Wahl James Martin Grind & Chop is so incredibly handy and a great size!

  34. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    Such a great dish to enjoy right now! I’s freezing outside and this looks just the perfect comfort food 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Andrea, yes perfect for this weather:-)

  35. A S,Edinburgh

    That looks delicious! Good to hear that the gadget has a high usefulness-to -space-consumption ratio; I’m sure it could be handy for a lot of people.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! Yes I’m so short of space that a gadget really has to earn its keep and this one’s a winner:-)

  36. Fish Fingers for Tea

    I love this kind of thing! It’s always so warming and comforting.

  37. William Gould

    Wow! That does look good! I think it may take me longer than 15 minutes to prepare though…. lol 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks William, yes the whole prep process was massively sped up by the Wahl James Martin Grind & Chop gadget – a little dynamo:-)

  38. Amy Fidler

    Looks great,tasty and simple to make

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, it’s so easy, I’ll be making this a lot now:-)

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