I finally got rid of all the roast beef today by making this delicious casserole. It's very similar to a Pastitsio, which is a Greek Casserole using ground beef. My version has a delicious meat filling between two layers of pasta, with a cheese bechamel topping.
Beaten eggs are combined with the cooked macaroni, which helps to bind them together once the dish is baked, making it very easy to cut into slices.
The meat filling is quite delicious . . . its simply chopped leftover roast beef mixed with some sauted onions and garlic and a small carton of finely chopped tomatoes in juice (ciro) and some seasonings . . . cinnamon, salt, pepper. Very tasty.
A thick layer of bechamel sauce, flavoured with white pepper, nutmeg and Parmesan cheese is layered over top of everything . . .
There is a layer of grated strong cheddar cheese on top of the meat, and on top of the bechamel. I used lower fat cheddar, which worked very well and cut down on some of the bad fat. Strong cheddar works best and imparts lots of flavour.
Altogether I thought this was quite delicious. Todd said it was okay . . . as you know he hates pasta for the most part. Bah! He doesn't mind me saving money however and pinching every penny I can from a roast with the leftovers. I think he would rather I have made bubble and squeak or a hash however . . . but I wanted to try something different.
I thought it was quite, quite delicious. I have a ton of it leftover however and I will freeze that in single servings to enjoy when I am treating him to a steak and kidney pudding or liver and onions. Works for me!
*Beef & Macaroni Casserole*Serves 6
A tossed salad and if you are so inclined some crusty bread go very well with this!
I used Cirio Finely Chopped Tomatoes for this. They come in a 390g tetra carton and four different varieties. Delicious round tomatoes, deseeded, peeled, and finely cut into pieces. They are all perfect as a base ingredient to prepare pasta sauces and enrich other recipes:
• Finely chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt
• Finely chopped with a pinch of salt and a hint of basil
• Finely chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt and chilli
• Finely chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt, garlic and onion.
This small, lightweight light Tetra carton allows for easy stocking in your kitchen cupboards and is easier and safer to open than glass bottles or tin cans. Simply cut across the top with a pair of scissors. I love them!