An updated retro favorite comfort food that is sure to please the entire family. Easy to make and quite inexpensive, though quite delicious.
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 50g fresh breadcrumbs
- 175ml tomato puree or ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- 500g lean ground beef or pork
- 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
- 2 plum tomatoes, halved, seeds scraped out
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6/400F and heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and carrot and soften for 10 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl, then add the breadcrumbs, 5 Tablespoons of the tomato puree or ketchup, the Worcestershire sauce, egg, ground meat, half the thyme and some seasoning. Mix well.
- Brush 4 large ramekins or 6 muffin tins with the remaining oil. Press the mixture into them, then pour the remaining tomato puree over the top. Top each with a tomato half, sprinkled with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper and the remaining thyme. Bake for 50 mins until cooked through, then serve with Chive Mash (recipe below).
Adapted from Good Food magazine, January 2009.
DELICIOUS WITH CHIVE MASH[br]Peel and chop 4 large potatoes and boil for 15 minutes in salted water until tender. Drain, return to the pan, then mash with 2 Tablespoons butter and 100ml milk. Season to taste, fold through a small bunch snipped chives and serve.