Sounds like an odd combination right? WRONG! It’s amazeballs!
I pretty much saw this recipe and instantly decided that I was going to make it in the very, very near future. Here is what you need to make a decent sized portion for two greedy folk like me & the Mr or 3-4 with sides. (If making for 2 it clocks in at about 550 calories per person. Not bad for a cheesy sensation!)
(Recipe adapted from Spark Recipes)
- 100g Batter Mix
- 4 tbsp Water
- 250g Turkey Mince
- 150g Cottage Cheese *
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Large Onion
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 40g Cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp Worcester Sauce
- 1 tsp Dried Basil
- 3 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
* I used Asda’s “Red Pepper and Chilli Cottage Cheese” for extra flavour
Lightly grease a round 7″ tin & preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.
First up, make the dough base. Put the batter mix into a bowl and add the water a tablespoon at a time until it comes together to form a dough. Roll out on a gently floured surface until it’s big enough to fit the prepared tin. Gently press the dough into the tin and leave to one side.
Heat some oil in a non stick pan (I used low calorie spray) then fry the onions and garlic for a few minutes until starting to go translucent. Add in the turkey mince & season well with salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the mince is cooked through.
Stir in the worcester sauce & the dried basil and cook until all juices are absorbed. (Otherwise your base will probably go soggy.)
In a separate bowl, tip in the cottage cheese. Beat the egg and add about half into the cheese. Season with salt & pepper and mix well.
With that leftover egg, just brush the base lightly to prevent it from going soggy. Now start layering folks. Tip in the turkey mince and spread into an even layer along the bottom.
Spread the cottage cheese mix on top and spread evenly.
Lastly, sprinkle with the cottage cheese and lay on the sliced cherry tomatoes.
Place into the middle of the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Slice and serve with a side salad or just have on it’s own like me and the Mr did.
In hind sight, I would have removed the overhanging dough from the tin as it turned out REALLY crunchy, almost at the cost of your teeth! Other than this, I was pleasantly surprised with this dish!
I didn’t really have a clue how it was going to turn out but the end result was rather flippin’ tasty! I tried to stick mostly to the original recipe but I think if I made it again (and calories were no object) I would try it with shortcrust pastry. I just think it would taste even better. Plus I’m a sucker for anything in pastry, I love the stuff!
That’s all for now ladies and gents, until next time.