This savoury crumble with minced beef and tomatoes is an old favourite of mine. With a layer of minced beef covered with sliced tomatoes and topped with a cheesy crumble, it's easy to make and great for a midweek dinner. Prepare it in advance then just bake in the oven before serving.
My early cooking recollections. Or lack of!
This healthy beef and tomato crumble is my choice for this month's Recipe Redux challenge. The theme was First Cooking Recollections. Now, I have to admit that I haven't always been as keen on cooking as I am now. Rather embarrassingly I was struggling to remember any early cooking recollections, only cooking avoidance ones!
My mum was a good cook and I have an older sister too. As a child she was the one who liked to help out in the kitchen. With two women already in the kitchen, there wasn't really room for a third and why would I need to be in the kitchen anyway? I think at the time there were a lot more interesting things to think about than cooking.
My first cooking recollections!
When I went away to university I did allow my mum to teach me a a couple of simple meals and for years I ate easy pasta and rice dishes, often involving simple stews and stir fries. These meals were healthy but not especially adventurous. You see, I have always been a healthy eater and did at least pick that up from my mum!
A favourite meal from my childhood
When I was growing up, one of the meals my mum made regularly was her savoury mince and tomato crumble. I remember her making it when I was a child and she still makes it now when I go to visit. My sister has the recipe and I know she makes it for her family too. Until now, I'd never made it. After all, they are making it for me when I visit, so I can make other things at home, can't I?
Well, earlier this month I visited my parents for a few days and while I was there, sure enough my mum made her mince and tomato crumble. I had a few ideas in mind for my Recipe Redux challenge but then I started to think maybe it was time for me to start making a few of my mum's old recipes. This may not be a recipe I remember making with my mum, but I do remember her making it for me.
But what is a savoury crumble?
The idea behind a savoury crumble is the same as a sweet one but without the sugar. Instead of sugar there's cheese and who doesn't like a cheesy topping? There are just three ingredients in this savoury crumble topping: flour, butter and cheese. That means it's a really simple recipe to make and a great way of making a mince dish a little more interesting.
My mum's savoury beef crumble recipe
Can you adapt the recipe?
I haven't changed my mince recipe much from my mum's recipe. She uses a mix of plain and wholemeal flour and although the recipe she gave me says to use lard to cook the mince, she no longer uses lard in cooking.
If you want you can add more vegetables to the minced beef. I added a little finely diced red pepper but didn't want to change the dish too much.
What to serve with a savoury crumble?
With the crumble topping and the minced beef, this can be quite a filling recipe. I like to serve lots of vegetables alongside. It's also great with a big green salad. If you do want more carbs then baked potatoes or garlic bread are great in winter or new potatoes in summer.
A great make-ahead meal
Another great thing about this savoury mince is that it can be made in advance and baked later. You can freeze it before baking too if you want. Just make sure it is thoroughly defrosted before baking. After it is baked you can store any leftovers in the fridge and reheat them the next day too.
More Minced Beef Recipes
For another easy minced beef recipe then do check out my Beef and Tomato Bake . If you like oriental flavours then my egg and beef mince stir fryis really tasty. Or how about my easy chilli con carne with hidden vegetables? It's been a really popular recipe with the children.
If you'd like to try something a bit different then why not try papas rellenas? Breaded mashed potato with a minced beef filling. They are so tasty!
Savoury Mince and Tomato Crumble
- 1 onion finely diced
- ½ red pepper finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 450 g lean minced beef
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Black pepper
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 280 ml beef stock
- 5 tomatoes
For the crumble topping
- 180 g flour I used half white and half wholemeal
- 90 g butter Or use an alternative spread
- 35 g grated cheese I used Red Leicester
- Preheat the oven to 190C
- Put a little oil in a sauce pan and cook the onion and red pepper gently until softened then add the crushed garlic.
- Cook for a minute then add the mince. Keep stirring and breaking it up with a spoon until it is slightly browned.
- Stir in the flour, paprika, thyme, black pepper, salt and tomato puree. Add the stock then bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- While the mince is cooking, make the crumble topping. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips then mix in the cheese. Season with a little salt and black pepper.
- Lightly oil the sides of a casserole dish. Add the minced beef. Cover with a layer of sliced tomatoes. Top with the crumble mixture.
- Bake in the oven at 190C for about 30 minutes.
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