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Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Meatball Sliders

Servings 16


1 32-ounce can tomato sauce, divided
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, divided and drained
1 2.5-pound box frozen meatballs
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
16 – 25 basil leaves
16 slider buns


Pour half of the tomato sauce into a 6-quart slow cooker.

Pour half of the diced tomatoes into the slow cooker as well.

Add entire box of frozen meatballs.

Top meatballs with remaining half of tomato sauce then diced tomatoes.

Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, until meatballs and sauce are both hot.

Remove lid and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of the meatballs. Replace lid and continue cooking on low for half an hour, until cheese is melted.

Place two or three meatballs with some melted cheese on one slider bun. Top with one or two basil leaves. Repeat with remaining slider buns.


Lasagna Dome

10 servings


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb (455 g) ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
15 oz (425 g) tomato sauce
3 oz (85 g) tomato paste
15 oz (425 g) ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (10 g) fresh basil, chopped
1 large egg
1/2 cup (50 g) Parmesan cheese
30 lasagna noodles, boiled until al dente
2 cups (200 g) shredded mozzarella cheese

Béchamel Sauce

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk, hot
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup (30 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
fresh basil, chopped, for garnish
shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 375F.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until starting to brown, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes.

Add the beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until all of the moisture has evaporated and the meat is starting to brown on the edges, breaking the meat up as you stir, 10-12 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste, then reduce the heat to medium and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cook it down until the mixture becomes thick, about 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, basil, egg, and Parmesan. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

Grease a large oven-safe metal bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, then lay about 25 lasagna noodles along the sides and bottom of the bowl, fanning them out in an overlapping pattern. The ends of the noodles should hang over the sides of the bowl.

Slice the remaining lasagna noodles in half crosswise. These will serve as the layers between the meat and the cheese mixtures.

Sprinkle half of the mozzarella into the bottom of the bowl on top of the noodles. This will help bind the noodles together when cooked. Spread half of the meat mixture evenly over the mozzarella, then lay half of the cut noodles over the sauce.

Spread all of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then layer with the rest of the noodles, then the rest of the mozzarella, and the rest of the meat sauce.

Fold the edges of the lasagna noodles hanging over the sides of the bowl back towards the center, creating another overlapping pattern.

Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes, until cooked through.

Meanwhile, make the béchamel: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, whisking continuously, for about 2 minutes until a paste forms.

Add the hot milk and continue to whisk as the sauce thickens and comes to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and add the Parmesan. Reduce the heat to low, and cook, still whisking, for 2-3 minutes more.

Invert the lasagna dome onto a cutting board.

Pour the béchamel sauce over the dome and top with basil.

Slice the dome, then top with more Parmesan and basil, if desired.


Beef And Potato Scramble Casserole

Serves 6-8


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 pounds potatoes (your choice), peeled and diced
8 eggs, lightly beaten
1 white onion, chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup milk or heavy cream
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon dried parsley
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.

Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and sauté potatoes until tender. 10-15 minutes.

Transfer potatoes to a separate bowl and set aside.

Add ground beef and onions to the skillet and cook until beef is browned and onions are tender. Season with garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper.

Drain fat from pan and transfer beef and onions to the same bowl as potatoes. Place beef, onions and potatoes into greased baking dish.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and eggs, and stir in cheddar cheese. Pour mixture over beef and vegetables and stir everything together.

Place baking dish in oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until eggs are cooked and everything is warmed through.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

Wet Burritos Hacienda Style

Serves 4


For the Filling

2.5 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup taco seasoning
1 beef bouillon cube
1 12 oz bottle beer (used: pilsner)
1 cup unsalted beef stock

For the Sauce

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups unsalted beef stock
1 19 oz can red enchilada sauce
1 beef bouillon cube
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 large burrito-size tortillas
3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Suggested serving accompaniments: lettuce, beans, sour cream, salsa, guacamole


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef and brown. Drain fat.

Stir the taco seasoning into the meat, along with the bouillon cube. Pour in the beer and beef stock, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is almost gone. Be mindful towards the end to stir so you don’t scorch the pan.

To make the sauce: in a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the stock, then the enchilada sauce, bouillon cube and chili powder. Simmer until thickened.

Spoon 1/4 of the beef into the center of a tortilla. Wrap the burrito up and place on an oven-safe plate. Pour sauce over the top and top with 3/4 cup shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cottage Pie

Servings: 5 – 6


1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped*
1 rib celery, finely chopped*
1.5 lb ground beef
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups beef stock / broth
1/2 cup red wine (optional – can omit)
1 beef bouillon cube, crumbled
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried thyme or 3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 dried bay leaves


2.5 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
Nutmeg (optional)
Olive oil


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Then add carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes or until softened and sweet.

Turn heat up to high. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until browned.

Add flour and mix in, then add tomato paste and mix in.

Add beef stock, red wine, beef bouillon cube, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to simmer, then turn down heat so it is simmering rapidly – I have it on medium high. Cook for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reduces down to a gravy consistency (Note 1) (see video).

Transfer to 6 cup pie dish. Cover, then refrigerate to cool for 1 – 2 hours or overnight. (Note 2)

Assemble Pie

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cook potatoes in boiling water for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain then return to pot on turned off stove. Shake briefly and allow to steam dry for 30 seconds or so (Note 3).

Add butter and mash until melted, then add milk and salt (+ optional nutmeg). Mash until smooth.

Spread onto pie, use a fork to rough up the surface (rougher surface = more golden bits), drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the edges. Stick a knife into the middle to ensure it is piping hot.

Stand for 5 minutes before serving, garnished with fresh thyme leaves if desired.

Recipe Notes

* Carrots and celery are used to make a truly great mirepoix / soffrritto flavour base for this pie. However, they can be omitted, but add 1 tsp of sugar instead.

1. Whatever the thickness of the sauce when you pour it into the tin, that’s what it will be once baked – no steam escapes while baking to allow it to reduce any further. So keep cooking until it’s the consistency you want.

2. Cooling the filling ensures that the potato doesn’t sink into the filling. If you are in a rush – as I often am – pop it in the freezer while you make the potato. That works pretty well.

3. Watery potatoes drops excess liquid while baking into the filling which makes the sauce watery. So don’t skip the step of steam drying the potatoes.

Also, make sure the mash is hot when spreading onto the pie. Cold mash is hard and so it is harder to dollop / spread onto the pie.

4. Variations: If I’m making this for company or am on a calorie-blow-out mission, I add a big handful of cheese into the potato and also top with more cheese before baking. It doesn’t need it, it’s a bonus.

For the filling, sometimes I add peas, or I reduce the amount of beef and add chopped veggies like zucchini.

5. Make ahead instructions: Assemble pie but don’t bake it. Cool mashed potato topping then either refrigerate or freeze. Thaw if frozen (it will take way too long to bake from frozen) then bake as per recipe.


Servings: 4 people



1 small brown onion
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or normal)
1 lb ground beef (Note 1)
1 small zucchini
1 small carrot
1 egg
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp oregano (or sub with other favourite herbs)
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce


1 – 2 tbsp oil


Tomato Ketchup


Grate the onion into a large bowl using a box grater (see video). Add panko, mix briefly to coat in the onion juices.

Grate zucchini and carrot into the bowl. Add remaining Rissoles ingredients. Mix well. Scoop up about 1/4 cup of mixture, form a 1.7cm / 2/3″ thick pattie. Indent the middle slightly (Note 2, see photos in post). Repeat with remaining mixture – you should make 10 – 12.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add half the patties and cook for 4 minutes or until dark golden. Press LIGHTLY with spatula, if you press hard, you’ll press the juices out.

Flip and cook the other side for 3 – 4 minutes until golden.

Transfer to plate, repeat with remaining rissoles.

Serve with tomato ketchup.

Recipe Notes

1. The beef can be substituted with lamb, pork, chicken or turkey. If using chicken, make sure you aren’t using a wet mince (some supermarket packet mince is very wet and your mixture will be too wet to form patties). If your mixture is too loose because the mince is wet, salvage it with more breadcrumbs.

2. Making the indent in the rissoles stops them from puffing up so they look nice AND you won’t have the temptation to press all the juices out.

3. Baking: Spray tray well (don’t line with paper, doesn’t brown as well). Place rissoles on tray, spray top well, bake at 200C/390F (standard) or 180C/350F (fan/convection) for 20 minutes, flip then bake for 5 minutes until golden.

4. Juiciness and Extra Flavour in these rissoles comes from the grated onion, grated zucchini (terrific trick used in cakes too.) and also see Note 2.

Meat Pasty

Serves 6



3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
2/3 cup ice water, plus extra as needed
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup shortening or lard
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten


8 oz. ground beef (or skirt steak, finely chopped)
1 russet potato, peeled and diced
1 small turnip, peeled and diced
1 large carrot finely diced
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
brown mustard, garnish


In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter.

Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of small pebbles.

With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form.

Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time.

Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle.

Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.

While dough chills, cook beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary.

Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle.

Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter.

Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon.

Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties.

Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350 F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve hot with brown mustard and enjoy.