Britain’s Best Home Cook first appeared on BBC One in May 2018 as a competitive cooking series. Now known as Best Home Cook, the show has aired three series after The Great British Bake Off changed its broadcasting station from the BBC to Channel 4.
The show has three winners now, with Ed Balls winning the Celebrity series on 17th February 2021. Suzie Arbuthnot won the second series in 2020, while Pippa Middlehurst won the first series in 2018.
Britain’s Best Home Cook TV show has become a global sensation among culinary enthusiasts. It continues to attract more people’s attention with each new season because of the competitor’s creative recipes.
If you have missed the show in its three series so far, here’s a list of the top ten recipes from various competitors. Feel free to use and adapt the recipes to make mouth-watering dishes from the comfort of your home.
Let’s get busy in the kitchen!
You can use a puff pastry lid in this recipe and a shortcrust for the base.
Ingredients for the Pie Filling:
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 large brown onions, chopped
- 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 large celery sticks, chopped
- 900g rump steak, cut into sizable chunks
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 fresh thyme sprig
- 300ml chicken stock
- 150g button mushrooms
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large carrots, cut into sizable chunks
- 500ml Irish stout
Ingredients for the Pie Base and Lid
- 350g ready-rolled shortcrust pastry for the base
- 1 free-range egg, beaten, for glazing
- 350g ready-rolled puff pastry, for the lid
- Plain flour, for dusting
- Roll out the shortcrust pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface before using it to line the base and sides of a pie dish, preferably one measuring 28x23cm and 4.5cm in depth. Leave a slight overhang at the top part for sealing the lid. Place the setup in the refrigerator.
- Preheat your oven to 160°C.
- Get the pie filling ready by heating oil in a large oven-safe casserole over high heat. Season the sear and beef till it turns brown and transfers it into a bowl. Lower the heat and add a little oil to soften the celery, onions, and garlic at once for about 8-10 minutes.
Add the beef to the pan and keep stirring to incorporate with the flour before adding the thyme, stock, and bay leaves.
- Add the carrots, mushrooms, and stout. Use pepper and salt to season and cook until the dish boils before transferring into the oven and cooking for 2-2.5 hours until the beef tenderizes. Remove the dish from the oven.
- Remove the bay leaves and thyme. Allow it to cool before transferring the filling into the pie dish.
- Preheat the oven and a large baking tray to 220°C.
- Brush some beaten egg on the pastry lid and place the puff pastry on top. Make decorations using pastry trimmings. Use water or some beaten egg to secure the pie. Use the remaining egg to brush the top of the pie.
- Put the pie in the baking tray and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. Reheat the gravy and serve alongside the pie.
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As you wait for the next series of Britain’s Best Home Cook show, you can always look back to the three concluded series for some inspirational recipes to use to prepare simple and delicious meals at home.
The trick lies in adapting the recipes to allow you to work with what you have available. Choose one recipe at a time and prepare a sumptuous meal for yourself and your loved ones whenever you can.
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