Of all the ingredients in all the recipes in all the world, there are few more versatile than beef gravy concentrate. From flavoring meat to putting in burritos for an extra punch, there’s so much you can do with this simple ingredient. Here are some creative ways to use beef gravy concentrate in recipes that your whole family will love.
Shepherd’s Pie Supreme
There are a lot of variations of this worldwide comfort food favorite, but the original version that came from Ireland involves vegetables stewed in beef gravy and topped with a cheesy crunchy crust of mashed potatoes and cheddar. Authentic shepherd’s pie dictates the use of lamb in the pie but it’s easily made with beef or as a vegetarian meal without any meat at all.
Bangers and Mash
Bangers and mash is classic fare served at pubs in England. The “mash” is made by making mashed potatoes and topping it with gravy. “Bangers” is a word commonly used for pork sausage in England. Whether you make it at home or try to find a bar or pub near you that serves it, you’ll be glad you did.
Canadians frequently enjoy a traditional dish that in some ways is similar to bangers and mash. In Canada, poutine is a national favorite. It’s made by taking French fried potatoes, covering them in beef gravy and topping with cheese curds. Poutine hasn’t quite made it big in the United States but there’s still time. For a hearty meal or for a big snack while you watch a movie, poutine is a great choice.
Traditional Hot Pot
Hot pot is a traditional meal served in the United Kingdom. It’s essentially a stew consisting of potatoes, lamb meat or roast beef, onions, bathed in rich dark gravy, and then baked. It’s comfort food to the extreme and you’ll add it to your list of go-to recipes for how easy to make and delicious it is.
When you think of stuffed shells, you may think of an Italian dish with mozzarella, sauce, and ricotta stuffed into large pasta shells. This is a great use for pasta shells, but it also makes an ideal comfort food when you fill the pasta shells with roast beef, cheddar, and beef gravy. For an extra kick and outstanding flavor, add creamy horseradish to the filling.
Are you feeding your family on a budget or just looking for ways to dress up your old standby? Beef gravy concentrate may be a great option to include in your next hearty meal as a family.