I’m not sure that these aren’t really just large meatballs, cooked in a sauce in the oven. They certainly aren’t hamburgers, as they’re not grilled, but they’re probably a good alternative to barbequing, especially in the cold weather.
The filling in this recipe has a multitude of uses other than in capsicums. You can use it to stuff tomatoes, eggplants, large zucchinis or you could even use it in a baked potatoes.
This another recipe from the Kraft Vegemite booklet. The vegemite is used in the sauce and not in the filling, which means you can add as much or as little as you like. I have doubts myself about using tinned vegetable soup for the sauce and don’t see why you couldn’t use mushroom instead.
I decided that I could group these two beef and bean dishes together. They are a little different, but as they both use minced beef and beans I felt they went together. So take your pick….. the Beef and Beans has bacon, chutney and butter beans, the Chilli Beef ‘N’ Beans is spicier and has chilli, red kidney beans and the surprise ingredient of vegemite.
Veal is a meat I don’t often cook with these days, it was used a lot more when I was growing up. In this recipe you could substitute beef, but it’s worth using veal if you can buy it, as it’s quite tender and makes a great pie filling. The polenta base and rounds on the top make this into a very hearty pie.
So what is a Bounty Day pie you’re asking……well according to Wikipedia…. ‘Bounty Day is a holiday on both Pitcairn Island, destination of the Bounty mutineers, and on Norfolk Island. It is celebrated on 23 January on Pitcairn, and on 8 June on Norfolk Island, the day that the descendants of the mutineers arrived on the island’. I guess this is a pie they make to celebrate the day, although it does seem fairly similar to a Greek beef and spinach pie – don’t suppose it matters what you call it, as long as it tastes good.
This old recipe bring back loads of memories as it’s the first dish I cooked a boyfriend back in the 60s when I flatted with a load of girls in Sydney. Despite the rather strange name and my limited cooking abilities, it actually tasted OK and he had the courage to marry me. His perseverance paid off though as, thankfully, I have improved both my recipe choices and abilities over the years.