Thursday, 11 May 2017

LASAGNA



LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 kg steak mince ...
3 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 onions chopped finely
1 can of peeled and chopped tomatoes
2x 115 grams of tomato paste
5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 a teaspoon of Italian herbs
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons of sugar ( very important)
1 box of Lasagna

White cheese sauce ( recipe will be posted )

Method

In a large pot heat the oil and add the onions , fry for a few minutes until golden brown, next add the garlic , salt , pepper , herbs and tomato in a tin and the paste and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally . Now add your steak mince ... Cook for another 10 minutes , next add a cup of warm water and on medium heat cook mince stirring occasionally - after 20 minutes add another cup of warm water and sugar and simmer for 10 minutes - and you done . Now for the White cheese sauce -

The most delicious white sauce / Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

100 grams of butter
4 tablespoons of cake flour
1 tablespoon of corn flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of mustard powder
1&1/2 liter of warm to hot milk

1 cup of grated cheese if you making a cheese sauce .

Method

Add butter to a medium sized pot and allow to melt on medium to high heat , now add the flour, corn flour mixed with half a cup of warm milk , salt and spices and stir into butter with a hand whisk for a minute or two to allow the flour to cook through . Now add your milk a cup at a time stirring with your whisk until the sauce thickens ... Repeat this process with adding the warm
Milk and stirring continuously until all the milk has been used and your sauce is silky and a bit thick . For cheese sauce add you grated cheese at this point and stir till all cheese has melted

Now layer the lasagna dish first with mince mixture , lasagna sheets , mince mixture , cheese sauce , lasagna sheets , mince mixture , lasagna sheets and remaining cheese sauce on top - sprinkle with some cheese and black pepper . Let the unbaked Lasagna rest for about 10 minutes before baking . Bake on 190°C for 40 - 45minutes . Allow to set for 15 minutes before serving .

Serve with a crispy green salad .

Tip - make sure your sauce and white sauce are not too dry or stiff. It must have enough liquid to allow pasta sheets to cook while baking . Do not add too much herbs for eg Rosemary , as it is an extremely robust and aromatic herb . You can also pre-cook the pasta for a few minutes .

Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow

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