Layered Egg and Chili Pie
I was shopping my pantry to pay down some serious bills - and quite enjoying the nightly challenge of meal preparation.
One particular night we had nothing but eggs, potatoes, left over mince and a bit of cold meat. We were down to the bare bare minimum and I was scratching my head wondering how to make something interesting...
This layered pie was DELICIOUS and cost me next to nothing to make! Its a great way to use up left over mince, chili or bolognaise and a few eggs and taters.
SERVES 4 - 6
You will need:
2C leftover cooked mince, chili or bolognaise (about 300g)
4 eggs; beaten with a little milk or water
4 potatoes thinly sliced (I used a mandolin)
1 C shredded cheese (I used up parmesan, goats and tasty cheese)
Left over cold cuts (salami, ham, sausage etc) OR
Thinly sliced left over vegetables (zucchini, carrot, sweet potato)
White sauce + 1 C cheese for a bechamel sauce if you like a more lasagne type result
1. Start by warming your oven to 180 degrees CELCIUS greasing a casserole dish or deep pan with a little olive oil then spread on a thin layer of sauce from the mince or cheese sauce if you prefer.
2. Scramble your beaten eggs over low to medium heat in a saucepan; stirring constantly.
3. Place sliced potato over the bottom of the pan & up the sides, slightly overlapping so it is all covered.
4. Top with a thin layer of mince / chili then add a thin layer of egg scamble and finally another layer of potato slices.
NB: Here is where you can add your optional extras like sliced vegetables or cold cuts. I used up some left over sliced salami meat.
6. Continue layering in the same way until you use up all ingredients. The final layer should be potato with some cheese sauce or sprinkled with shredded cheese.
7. Bake in moderate over for 30 - 40 minutes or until cheese is melted and potato softened.
8. Serve as is or with a leaf salad.
Its very satisfying - if you make it big enough it will last two nights and you will not likely have room for seconds!
300g beef mince
4 potatoes (1/2 kg)
1 C cheese (100g)
$15.44 for 2kg
$4.68 per doz
$1.75 / kg
$6.00 per kilo
Do you know some seriously cheap ways to feed your family?
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