This dish reminds me of my eldest brother, Rory. This seemed to be one of his very favourite meals when we were growing up. My mother used to make these delicious little towers of meat, tomato and potato for us to dig into for our supper. Sometimes she would add green peppers too. I used to be committed to the ‘tower’ format, but most recently I just make layers in a pan.
When I was weaning my son onto solids, I couldn’t get him to eat meat. I finally figured it may be too tough for him so I made him this dish and it’s been a weekly staple in my house ever since. The meat is juicy and tender in this recipe so it’s great for kids.
Serve with a fresh tomato salad (if you have guests over and want to make it more of a show-piece you can serve with rice too)
1 kg ground beef
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt and papper
6 large tomatoes
1 white onion
3/4 larg-ish potatoes
extra virgin olive oil
- preheat the oven to 180/190c
- put the onion and two tomatoes into a food processor and mix into a paste
- add the onion/ tomato mix and all the spices to the ground beef and massage until the beef is malleable and sticky
- roll into balls/ ovals/ little burger patties and in a baking tray greased with olive oil
- Place a layer of sliced tomatoes over the meat and then salt (I use a mandalin for my tomatoes but if you like a thicker one use a knife)
- Do the same with the potatoes
- Add salt, olive oil and a pinch of paprika
- Put in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the potatoes are golden.