Beef Olives

I do quite like beef olives and quite often buy made ones from the butcher, not a fan of pre packed ones from the supermarket though!

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I was expecting the recipe to have sausage meat in the stuffing as am pretty sure that’s what’s in the ones I get from the butcher! I opted to use bacon rather than ham, and I assumed it was to be raw?!

I had bought 4 slices of topside and the filling wasn’t enough to cover them, not sure if that’s because my butcher was very generous! I also had expected the stuffing to be in a sausage shape and then the topside rolled round it, instead the filling is spread over it and it’s rolled up more like a Swiss roll!

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I am also rubbish at attempting to tie them, I used yellow thread as that’s all I could find! They held their shape fine when frying and they were packed tightly together in the casserole dish so hoped they would stay intact during cooking!

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I think I had these cooking for slightly longer than 90 minutes, and after that time it was smelling great and in my opinion looked tasty

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We were just having this with some mashed potato and the sauce poured over the top

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We both thought this was delicious. The beef is lovely and soft and the flavour from the filling is great. The texture of the filling is like a soft stuffing rather than the sausage style filling of any other beef olive I’ve had. I could taste the lemon and I thought that was a nice touch. I did think it seemed an unusual ingredient to have with beef but funnily enough a work colleague told me they sometimes have lemon with steak!

I had made 4 of these and 2 was really filling. The sauce is great and was nice to have the mashed potato to help mop that up.

Would I make this again? Yes, delicious!

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