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Thursday, April 7, 2011
"EMPADÃO DE CARNE"
EASY TO PREPARE! A very delicious dish that can be prepared in no time! .
Made from leftovers (my favorite) or from scratch.
Will give you just some directions, the portion will be up to you.
You will need:
1.Meat leftovers (Pre-cooked), any kind or a blend is even better, for instance veal, pork, chicken.
Additionally, a little bit of chouriço (Portuguese cured sausage) or any similar cured sausage. We are looking for some extra flavor.
2.Mashed Potatoes. I used leftovers but you can make it from scratch.
3.About 1 or 2 TBSP of flour (according to the amount of meat used)
5.Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg.
1.Ground the meats, put them in a pan, bring to the fire, add the four stir very well, add milk and cook for a few minutes until you get a creamy meat mixture. Not to dry not to liquid. Creamy!!!!
2.Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
3.In an oven proof dish put a layer of mashed potatoes, spread the meat over the pure, put a second layer of mashed potatoes over the meat making sure it is very well covered.
4.Brush the top with the beaten yolk. If desired, some patterns can be made to the top surface with the help of a fork.
5.Bake in the pre-heated oven (180ºC) until the top is light golden (about 30 minutes)
If using raw meat:
1.Bring a pan to the fire, add 2 or 3 TBSP of butter add chopped onion and chopped garlic, and cook until golden brown. Add the raw ground meat(s), and cook it through, add choriço and seasonings. If the meat needs some liquid to help cooking, can be added some wine, or just water. When done, proceed as explained above.
As for a variation, mashed potatoes can be replaced by rice. The process is the same just use rice instead of mashed potatoes.
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