This is a great way to jazz up fairly boring meatballs. Ratatouille is a great vegetable side dish that goes really well with roasts and these meatballs. The polenta/riccotta cheese cake finishes off the dish really well and makes it a just that bit more interesting.
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.
There’s so many different wrapped meatloaf recipes around. There’s recipes for them wrapped in bacon, prosciutto and puff pastry. What makes this a bit different is that it’s rolled up like a Swiss roll and the pastry is inside as well. This old recipe uses a packet of chicken supreme soup to sop up the moisture, don’t think that’s available any more, but cream of chicken soup should do the job instead.
There’s nothing too unusual about these Little Meatballs, it’s more their size. As the recipe says they’re quite versatile, you can put them a pasta sauce or sweet and sour sauce. You could even serve them with a dipping sauce as a nibble or pop them in the kids lunchbox. I’ve included Mum’s Tomato Sauce for Mince Balls recipe as I think it goes well with them. Enjoy………..