Sunday, 12 October 2008

Meat Loaf with Cheese and Courgette

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 500grs of lean minced beef
  • 4 dried toast slices (made into crumbs) or 4 soup spoons of bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 pinch of chilli powder
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (good quality)
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 8 large potatoes
  • 6 slices of ham
  • 3 slices of cheese (Gouda or mozzarella)
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 onion
Cut the potatoes into cubes and parboil them, following that drain them until dried.
While that is happening place the mince in a bowl add one garlic minced the egg the bread crumbs and half of the parsley (finely chopped) salt and pepper to taste and the pinch of chilli powder, blend it well with your hands. Once all well mixed spread it over a large chopping board into a square shape about 2-3 cm deep, slice (very thinly half of the courgette) and lay it on top of the mince to cover the whole of it, then layer the ham to cover it too, and finally lay in the middle the three cheese slices, with the help of a spatula roll it up into a torte shape, then insert it inside a foil parcel put it in a tray and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes (gas mark 200), once that is done to brown the top open foil and cook for a further 10 minutes. As to the potatoes there is two ways you can do them, deep fry them and drain them or (my preferred way) drizzle some olive oil over them and bake them in the oven (about 20 minutes) obviously add salt and pepper to taste previously.
Now while meat is cooking, chop the onion finely and the remaining garlic, and pan fry them until the onion is translucent, add to this the courgette and the tomato (tin) let it cook for a further 10 minutes and add the parsley at this stage and salt and pepper to taste.
plate composition slice the meat loaf (a couple of slices per plate) and serve this with some cubed fries and poor a couple of tomato sauce spoons over the fries, it is just delicious. See picture bellow.

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