Recipe For Mince And Courgette Bake

This mince and courgette bake is one of those meals you can freeze. I make two at a time, one for dinner straight away. The other gets popped into the freezer for me to take out the night we get home from travelling. Or for nights I really do not feel like cooking.

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Sometimes when making arrangements with people we leave the time and place up to them. We are usually very flexible when it comes to where we meet as we don’t mind having to drive somewhere. The only thing we are not flexible with is eating at an establishment we don’t enjoy. Timing for us is not really an issue as the dogs can be fed early if need be. And if we have to go somewhere straight after work then James will feed the dogs. The only night we do not make plans for is a Thursday when Dave works late. A few weeks ago a friend suggested we meet up for a drink before dinner at a local beach front restaurant. He chose the time and place and 15 minutes before we were meant to be there we left the house. We arrived early and chose a table outside.

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We then ordered drinks and I sipped on mine slowly as our friends had not yet arrived. Fifteen minutes later I sent a message to say that we were waiting. A quarter of an hour later I sent a message saying we had left. No sooner had we walked halfway home they sent a message saying they were on their way. So we walked back only to find they actually were not on their way. We walked home and suggested they meet us at our place. While waiting for them to arrive I popped this mince and courgette bake into the oven. I cooked it from frozen as it is one of my emergency meals. I had not prepared anything as I was not sure if we would eat at the restaurant or not. Do you freeze ready-made meals?

Mince And Courgette Bake
Mince And Courgette Bake

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Mince And Courgette Bake
 
This is a great freezer meal and you can make use of any vegetable for the layering
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Ingredients
for the mince
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 1kg mince
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 250mls red wine
  • 400g tin cherry tomatoes
  • 15mls tomato paste
  • 10mls dried oregano
  • 5mls fructose
  • 10mls beef stock powder
for the bechamel
  • 60g butter
  • 60g flour
  • 500mls milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
to assemble
  • 4 courgettes, thinly sliced lengthwise *
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 120g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Smoked paprika for sprinkling
Method
for the mince
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the mince in batches, seasoning as you go along
  2. Set aside and sauté the onion until soft
  3. Add the garlic and return the mince to the pan
  4. Add the wine, stir, and bring to the boil
  5. Tip the tomatoes into the pan and pop them open using a wooden spoon
  6. Stir in the tomato paste, dried oregano, fructose and stock
  7. Reduce the temperature and leave to simmer until all the moisture has evaporated
  8. Set aside to cool slightly while you make the bechamel
for the bechamel
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then stir in the flour
  3. Once incorporated add 100mls of the milk and whisk to combine
  4. Add the rest of the milk, whisk and leave to thicken
  5. Season to taste and then begin to assemble the dish
to assemble
  1. Place courgette slices at the bottom of an oven proof dish
  2. Season to taste and then top with some mince
  3. Carry on with the layering, ending with a mince layer
  4. Top with the bechamel sauce and then sprinkle on the cheese and smoked paprika
  5. Bake for 30 minutes unless frozen
if frozen
  1. Bake for 30 minutes then remove the lid
  2. Continue baking for another 45 minutes
My Notes
* I have tried this recipe using 2 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced. The baking time needs to be increased by 15 minutes if you use potatoes.

I am away for the long weekend. For those of you celebrating I wish you a great Pesach, or Easter. I will be back at work on the 4th of April and will start replying to blog comments then.

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10 thoughts on “Recipe For Mince And Courgette Bake

  1. That was an interesting evening of timing. I’m really making more of an effort these days to freeze meals. There is just the two of us so I make meals for 4 and usually freeze the left overs. You can always find chilli con carne in my freezer!
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    1. I should do that in winter Jem.

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  2. We don’t freeze ready made meals unless we are going away. My Dad doesn’t travel so we leave meals for him. This sounds pretty yummy, Tandy. Happy Easter.

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    1. You are kind to do that for him 🙂

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  3. I don’t freeze ready made meals, but I really need to start.. life keeps getting more hectic as the kids get older! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
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    1. I find it such a relief to know there’s always one meal in our freezer.

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  4. ooh yum! this is giving me lasagna-like vibes (:

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    1. It is so like that 🙂

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  5. Oh how odd!Are they often that late? I love having meals like this at the ready on busy days.
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    1. Not usually. But this time it was to the extreme.

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