• Beef Florentine With Three Cheeses

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    • savoury beef layer:
    • 1 x good knob of butter
    • 1 4/5 kg good quality lean chopped beef
    • 3 x level Tbsp. plain flour
    • 2 x 400g tins of minced tomatoes
    • 4 x fat clv garlic crushed
    • 4 x good Tbsp. tomato puree
    • 1 x generous tsp. caster sugar
    • 1 x salt and freshly grnd black pepper spinach and cheese layer
    • 450 gm frzn leaf spinach thawed
    • 175 gm mature cheddar grated
    • 175 gm gruyere or possibly emmental cheese grated
    • 225 gm rich cream cheese
    • 4 x Large eggs beaten topping: about 17 sheets filo pastry melted butter for brushing


    1. First cook the chopped beef.
    2. Heat the butter in a large pan on the simmering plate add in the meat and cook stirring.
    3. When the natural fat begins to run out transfer to the boiling plate and brown the meat.
    4. Add in the flour mix well then add in the tomatoes garlic tomato puree sugar and seasoning.
    5. Bring to the boil simmer for 5 min cover and transfer to the simmering oven. Bake for 45 min till tender.
    6. Check the seasoning.
    7. Next mix the spinach filling.
    8. Squeeze all of the water out of the spinach.
    9. Turn into a bowl with the cheeses then add in the Large eggs season with salt and pepper and mix well.
    10. Spread half of the beef mix in a shallow ovenproof dish about 380 x 300mm.
    11. Top with the spinach mix then with a layer of the remaining beef.
    12. Spread about 5 sheets of the filo pastry out on a table.
    13. Brush with melted butter.
    14. Cover the surface of the beef with 3 layers of filo using the 5 buttered sheets of filo trimming to fit.
    15. Brush the remaining 12 sheets with butter.
    16. Scrunch up each sheet and arrange on top oFthe layered filo.
    17. This means which each person gets a crispy piece of filo and the dish is easier to cut into portions.
    18. Bake on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven for about 30 to 35 min till golden and bubbling at the edges.
    19. This is wellflavoured chopped beef topped with spinach and cheese then finished with a to of crisp filo pastry. The sheets of filo which we buy in the local supermarket are cypressa.
    20. Serves 12

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