What's For Dinner: the best spaghetti bolognese we've ever tried (and a lot more!)

This week on What’s For Dinner? we’re cooking up Chelsea Winter’s delicious spaghetti bolognese recipe, crowning New Zealand’s best butcher, discussing whether meat has become a scapegoat by the media, exploring some special occasion meals, and giving our fans the chance to win dinner on us.

Is this the ultimate spaghetti bolognese? 

Mince is great. It's tasty, versatile, and affordable. One of our favourite ways to make the most out of mince is with spaghetti bolognese, a dish that holds a special place in many Kiwis hearts. It's easy to prepare and delicious if done well. This spaghetti bolognese recipe from Chelsea Winter is one of the better ones around. It's packed full of veges like tomato, mushroom, courgette, and spinach, and the addition of ciabatta crumb adds a delicious texture that elevates the meal. 

New Zealand's top butcher and butcher apprentice announced

Every year our best butchers and butcher apprentices are put to the test through a competitive butchery competition, the Alto Butcher and ANZCO Foods Butcher Apprentice of the Year. 2019 saw Greg Egerton from Countdown Dunedin Central win the title and Cherise Redden from Countdown Meat & Seafood crowned Butcher Apprentice. Learn more here.

Has meat become a scapegoat by the media? 

The other week Professor Frédéric Leroy, from the University of Brussels, sat down with us to discuss the shifting narrative of meat in society and why he feels meat is being unfairly used as a scapegoat in society. Listen to the podcast here.

Impress your guests with these rather special recipes

Entertaining guests can sometimes be more of a chore than a pleasure. Whether it's a Christmas brunch, lunch with the in-laws, or a birthday dinner, there's a lot to plan - and cook! Don't know where to start? We've taken the hassle out of choosing what to cook by pulling together these rather special crowd-pleasing recipes. Enjoy! You can check out the recipes here.

Win a special dinner on us

Every month we like to give away a special prize to recognise those of you that ask for cooking tips and tricks, tell us your favourite beef and lamb recipes, and share what's on your plate through our Facebook page. This month we're giving away a $100 voucher to dine at a Beef & Lamb Excellence Award-winning restaurant of your choice. Entry details below!