With a wide range of easy meat recipes from HelloFresh, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a tasty meal that’s packed full of protein. From simple chicken recipes to impressive duck dishes, find your favourite meat recipe.
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How to cook tasty meat recipes
How you cook your meat will depend on the meat recipe you choose, so be sure to read the steps carefully. However as a general rule, you can follow these steps below to ensure your meat is full of flavour.
To begin, choose a quality cut of meat that suits your recipe. Lean cuts work best for quick, high-heat cooking, while tougher cuts are ideal for slower methods that tenderise and infuse flavour.
Before cooking, allow the meat to come to room temperature, as this promotes even cooking. Season your meat with your preferred seasonings, marinades, or rubs, and let it rest for a while to allow the flavours to meld.
For most meats, searing in a hot pan is the first step, as this caramelises the exterior, enhancing both flavour and texture. Next, adjust the heat and continue cooking until your meat is cooked through. A meat thermometer will help ensure that the internal temperature is safe to eat while avoiding overcooking. The minimum temperature most meats should be is 75°C, but be sure to check the recipe guidance thoroughly.
Resting the cooked meat is crucial, as it allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat tender and flavourful. Experiment with different cooking methods – from grilling and roasting to braising and pan-frying – to create mouthwatering meat recipes.
Must-try methods of cooking meat
There are a wide range of cooking methods to choose from when it comes to making your meat recipe, each one creating unique textures and flavours. You can browse some of the most popular methods below.
Please note, to ensure meat is cooked safely, you should ensure that the thickest part of the pork, poultry and mince meat has a minimum temperature of 75°C. For steaks, roasts and chops of beef and lamb, the thickest part should be 63°C (and left for 3 minutes) for medium rare, 71°C for medium done and 77°C for well done.
Roasting: Cooking meat in an oven creates a tender centre with a flavourful, crispy exterior. Roasting is perfect for whole poultry, roasts, and larger cuts like pork loin.
Grilling: Cooking meat over an open flame or heat source imparts a smoky flavour and enticing grill marks. Grilling is ideal for steaks, burgers and kebabs.
Pan-Frying: Cooking meat in a hot pan with a small amount of oil, resulting in a crispy outer layer and juicy interior. This is suitable for pork chops, chicken cutlets, and fish fillets.
Baking: Similar to roasting, this involves cooking meat recipes in an enclosed vessel like a casserole dish. Baking is common for meatloaf, stuffed peppers, and baked chicken.
Braising: Slow-cooking meat in liquid results in tender, succulent dishes. Braising isell-suited for tough cuts like pot roast, short ribs, and stew meats.
Slow Cooking: Cooking meat at low temperatures for an extended period in a slow cooker or crockpot produces tender and flavourful results. It’s perfect for pulled pork, chilli, and braised dishes.
Here at HelloFresh, our meat recipes involve a wide range of cooking methods, and our easy-to-follow steps make them a breeze to master. Order your first meal kit today and give our mouthwatering meat meals a try.
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