With its crisp air and darker evenings, autumn demands a transition in our kitchens. The season is synonymous with warm, hearty meals that soothe the soul and celebrate the abundance of Harvest.
Among the options available, locally farmed beef from Cheverton Farm on the Isle of Wight is our favourite choice for warming autumnal meals.
The versatility and depth of flavour that beef offers makes it the ideal ingredient for so many comfort foods and delicious dishes.
With this in mind, Cheverton Farm has added an offer on their minced and diced beef in preparation for the season ahead.
- Beef and Autumn Vegetable Stew: A medley of autumn vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and butternut squash simmered with chunks of delicious beef in a rich, hearty broth with red wine makes for a wholesome meal.
- Chilli Con Carne: A warming family favourite served with jacket potatoes or rice and with plenty of kidney beans for added fibre
- Slow cooked Beef Bourguignon: A French classic with red wine, bacon shallots and mushrooms
- Lasagne: A classic Italian dish that is the perfect comfort food.
- Spaghetti Bolognese: Another Italian classic dish that is easy to make.
- Mission Style Burritos: Our favourite variation is one that comes from San Francisco’s Mission District, known as the Mission Burrito, a larger tortilla filled with extras such as rice, guacamole and pico de Gallo, wrapped in foil to hold it all together.
- Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie: Encased in flaky pastry, the umami mushroom flavours and succulent beef make this pie an irresistible autumn treat.
An Ode to Beef
Beef has a robustness and richness that few other meats can match. It is filling and can hold its own with aromatic spices and herbs. It absorbs flavours well, making it ideal for slow-cooking methods that are a staple of autumn cooking. The rich, savoury notes of beef complement the earthy and sweet flavours of autumn vegetables like pumpkins, sweet potatoes, parsnips and beetroots, creating harmonious and well-rounded dishes. There are such a wide range of delicious beef recipes available online you will be spoilt for choice.
From hearty beef stews and spicy chilli-con-carne to classic pot roasts and pies, beef can be used for a wide range of dishes.
It seamlessly fits into recipes, ranging from Italian beef ragù to Korean bulgogi.
Beef is not just about flavour; it is packed with essential nutrients. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins like B12, and minerals like iron and zinc. These nutrients are vital for maintaining energy levels, immune system function, and overall well-being during the colder months. Incorporating beef into autumn meals ensures a nourishing experience, fortifying the body against the oncoming winter chill.
With growing concerns over environmental impact, making ethical and sustainable choices when selecting beef is essential. Opting for locally sourced beef can significantly reduce the ecological footprint. Such decisions also support local farmers such as ourselves at Cheverton Farm and ensure a high standard of animal welfare. Our animals enjoy some of the best views on the Isle of Wight. By being conscious consumers, we can savour the rich flavour of a home-cooked meal with beef while preserving the environment and promoting ethical farming practices. Thank you for your support of our family farm.