This may seem like a stupid question, but I'm not a pro. I do enjoy cooking and every week I try to make something new that I've never tried before. My partner has a sausage roll addiction and eats tons of the type you buy frozen from costco and that are no doubt filled with horrible preservatives etc. This week I decided to try to make him sausage rolls from scratch. I found some recipes online and gave them a whirl. The pastry has come out beautifully on two batches, but the filling has been giving me trouble. The first batch I followed the recipe adding salt, pepper, and it seemed like every spice in my cupboard. They were pretty much tasteless. The second batch I added my own ideas, with Worchestershire sauce, a little dijob and some chilli flakes etc. and did so in seemingly huge quantities. They came out with a little more flavour, but not much. This is dissapointing as I'd like them to have a lot of flavour and hopefully convert my partner to the home made version.
I have also come to the conclusion that giving recipes that have ground beef in them real flavour has always been a challenge. Cottage/shepard pie is another one where I feel it comes up low on flavour.
My question: can anyone suggest some ways that you can add real "Bang" to a ground beef filling like sausage rolls, but also things like cottage pies etc. that use ground beef? What do you do to give ground beef dishes big taste? Is there a trade secret?
Thanks. I appreciate the help.:)