14 June 2011

Cornish Squares

A family sized version of a Cornish style pasty, this slice is quick, easy and very economical. It is delicious hot or cold, although keeping it long enough to actually get cold is a challenge in our house, there are never leftovers as the lack of photo shows. I'll make another one and post a picture for you, as soon as I have the house to myself!

500g lean mince
250g sausage mince
30g butter
1 large onion, diced
2 level tbsp  plain flour
2 level tbsp curry powder
1 cup beef stock
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated apple (Granny Smiths are perfect as they are tart)
100g grated tasty cheese
2 sheets shortcrust pastry*

Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.  Melt butter and saute onion until clear. Add meat and brown. Drain. Blend flour and curry powder in stock, add tomato sauce and pour into meat mixture. Bring to boil and cook 30 minutes over a low heat.  Add grated carrot and apple. Season with salt and pepper. Grease a lamington tin. Line the base and sides of the tin with the pastry (depending on the size of the tin you may need to add a section from the second sheet).  Add filling. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Bake at 220 degrees for 40 minutes, reduce heat and cook at 175 degrees for 10 minutes. Let sit in tin 5 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Cost: Approximately $7, serves 8.

*If you make your own pastry, the cost will be reduced by around $1.20. Elaine's Easy Pastry is perfect as the base of this slice.

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