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Maria's Meat Pie

Courses: Starters and appetizers
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil - plus
  Additional for drizzling over the pie
1   Onion - minced
1 lb 454g / 16ozZucchini - trimmed, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlHerbes de Provence
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
3/4 lb 340g / 11ozGround veal
1 lb 454g / 16ozEgg - beaten lightly (large)
5 tablespoons 75mlMinced fresh parsley
2   Garlic cloves - finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlMinced fresh thyme leaves
  = (or 1/2 tspn dried mint, crumbled)
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlMinced rosemary leaves
  = (or 1/2 tspn dried rosemary, crumbled)
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCevender's Greek seasoning - if available
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozDried or fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup 118mlFreshly-grated Parmesan - or to taste

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a nonstick skillet set over moderately-high heat, warm the oil until it is hot, add the onion and cook it, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes more, or until lightly golden. Let cool.

In a bowl combine the veal, egg, 3 tablespoons of the parsley, the garlic, herbs, Cavender's Greek seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

In a 9-inch greased pie pan sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bread crumbs, or enough to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. Add half of the zucchini mixture to the pan, arranging it in an even layer, top with the meat and finally cover with the remaining zucchini.

In a bowl combine the remaining parsley, bread crumbs and the Parmesan and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the pie. Drizzle with a little oil.

Bake the pie in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through and golden. Let cool slightly before serving. It can be served warm or at room temperature.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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