Today, September 1st, is the first day of Spring in Australia so it seems fitting to post a recipe that is a side dish to have at a backyard barbecue. A good time as well to hope for lovely barbecuing weather in the months to come.
I think this was one of the first dinner party dishes I made after I got married. It was quite modern then with the wine, garlic, oregano and peppers and tasted great. I’m not sure where I got the recipe from, but I can see from the typing that I typed it up on a manual typewriter, probably at work, and here I am posting it on the internet – how the world has changed!!!! It served me well all those years ago, but I haven’t made it for awhile. Perhaps it’s time to give it another go.
Mum wrote this recipe out pretty roughly on a piece of paper from an exercise book. She used to make it fairly often either to take on picnics or for casual Sunday night teas. I can even visualize the baking tray she made it in – the family loved it.
CHEESE & BACON SLICE
- White Wings flaky pastry (or any bought puff pastry) or home made pastry
- 1 medium sized apple, grated
- 1 medium potato, grated
- 1 medium onion, grated
- Green pepper, finely chopped
- 30g butter, softened
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 2 rashes of bacon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup milk
Line a lamington style baking tray, approx 30cm x 20.5cm x 3cm with the pastry. Combine the apple, potato, onion and green pepper in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese, bacon, eggs and milk and mix together. Bake for 3/4 of an hour at 200oC.
This recipe is in my brother’s lovely flowing handwriting, which means that my sister-in-law gave to Mum back in the 60s. Mum used to make it for casserole style entertaining and it tasted quite good, although personally I was never that fond of the tinned pineapple, you can use fresh pineapple instead if you have the same problem. You need around 750g of sausages.
By the yellowing of this newspaper clipping Mum cut it out of the Herald Sun quite a long while ago, but meatloaves never go out of fashion. The article talks about how good cold a meatloaf is and how good it is for picnics and sandwiches, but hot meatloaf with roast potatoes and gravy is really very hard to beat. Great hot for dinner and great next day for sandwiches – as the article says, it’s very versatile.