Golden Meat Bake 🍖

My nephew who was visiting from boarding school has given me strict instructions not to torture him by posting pictures of home baked goodies during the week. So I had to get my act together before the weekend disappeared.

The Instagram and Facebook polls made it easy for me to decide on the recipe to post – so here it is : Golden Meat Bake.

Depending on the need you can make this into a main course ,as an appetiser by baking in tart shells or as a show stopper for tea time. I love the texture you get in the first bite. It has an airy light feel and the minced meat filling is bursting with flavour, kind of like a variation of a shepherds pie. Happy cooking ❤️

Pie Shell

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cups

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Cold water – about 3 tbsp

Unsalted butter cubed – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – a pinch

Method :

In a large bowl mix all purpose flour, salt, baking powder . Add cubed butter and use finger tips to rub the fat into the flour mix until it resembles bread crumbs. Add cold water, a tablespoon at a time until you get a holding consistency .

Roll on a lightly floured surface and in the dimension of your chosen dish . Take the pie dough on the rolling pin and lightly press onto the pie dish . Prick holes with a fork and refrigerate for 15 mins.

In the mean time, Preheat oven to 200C and bake for 15 mins.

Mince meat filling :

Ingredients :

Minced Meat ( beef ) – 500 gms

Butter to sauté – 2 tbsp

Minced onion – 3/4 cup

Minced garlic – 1 tbsp

Minced ginger – 1 tsp

Water – 1/2 cup

Pepper – 1 tsp

Nutmeg powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp ( as needed )

Method :

Heat a pan, add butter, sauté onions, garlic and ginger until onions are softened. Add minced meat and continue to sauté . Add water and cook the meat. Add spices and seasoning to taste.

Keep aside.

Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

Egg – 1

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Pepper – 1/2 tsp

Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Vinegar – 1 tsp

Unflavoured oil – 1/2 to 3/4 cup

Method :

Pulse all the ingredients except oil in a food processor . Pour the oil in a stream, bit by bit, until the mix coagulates to form a creamy mayo. ( It takes not more than a minute )

Assembling the bake :

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Spoon the meat filling on to the baked pie shell .

Beat 2 egg whites stiff . Fold in the prepared mayo and spoon this over the top of the meat filling.

Bake for 15 mins until the top is golden. Serve warm.

Vegetarian option :

Can substitute mincemeat with mushrooms or minced cauliflower. Avoid nutmeg powder when using mushrooms.

Add a pinch of love ❤️:

Add a meat stock instead of hot water while cooking the minced meat. Make your own mayo instead of a store bought one. It takes only a minute. Add garlic flakes and 1/2 a tsp of mustard powder to intensify the flavour.

xoxo,

Sareeka❤️

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