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Ballymaloe Mince with Tomatoes and Marjoram

Serves 4-6

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

225g (8oz) freshly minced beef

1 fat clove of garlic

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

salt and freshly ground pepper

50g (2oz) chopped onion

Tomato Fondue (see recipe)

2 tablespoons chopped marjoram

 

Garnish

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

 

Sweat the onion in the olive oil until soft.  Mix the mince with the crushed garlic and mustard, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Add the sweated onion and mix thoroughly.  Fry the mixture on a very hot pan turning all the time.   Add half or all the Tomato fondue, depending on taste. Add the marjoram, simmer for a few minutes.  Taste and correct the seasoning. Serve spooned over freshly cooked pasta and scatter with chopped parsley.

 

Tomato Fondue

 

Tomato fondue is one of our great convertibles, it has a number of uses, we serve it as a vegetable or a sauce for pasta, filling for omelettes, topping for pizza.

 

Serves 6 approximately

 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

110g (4oz) sliced onions

1 clove of garlic, crushed

900g (2 lbs) very ripe tomatoes in Summer, or 2 tins (x 14oz) of tomatoes in Winter, but peel before using

salt, freshly ground pepper and sugar to taste

1 tablespoon of any of the following;

freshly chopped mint, thyme, parsley, lemon balm, marjoram or torn basil

 

Heat the oil in a stainless steel saucepan or casserole.  Add the sliced onions and garlic toss until coated, cover and sweat on a gentle heat until soft but not coloured – about 10 minutes. It is vital for the success of this dish that the onions are completely soft before the tomatoes are added.  Slice the peeled fresh tomatoes or chopped tinned tomatoes and add with all the juice to the onions.  Season with salt, freshly ground pepper and sugar (tinned tomatoes need lots of sugar because of their high acidity).  Add a generous sprinkling of herbs. Cover and cook for just 10-20 minutes more, or until the tomato softens, uncover and reduce a little.  Cook fresh tomatoes for a shorter time to preserve the lively fresh flavour.

 

Tinned tomatoes need to be cooked for longer depending on whether one wants to use the fondue as a vegetable, sauce or filling.

Tip: A few drops of Balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking greatly enhances the flavour.

 

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