Bolognese Pizza Bake

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We’ll show you how to take this basic dish from good to great. This mouthwatering Bolognese Pizza Bake will not only have everyone fighting over seconds, but it will earn you everyone’s praise. You’ll be your family’s favourite person as soon as they take the first bite!

Makes: 1 large Pizza Bake Serves: 4

Ingredients:
Maize Meal Base:
3 c (750 ml) water
1 tsp (5 ml) dried rosemary
1 tsp ( 5 ml) dried oregano
1 ½ c (375 ml) FEAST Super Maize Meal
1 c (250 ml) grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground salt and pepper

Quick Bolognese:
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp (10 ml) dried oregano
1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
300 g beef mince
1 c (250 ml) tinned chopped tomatoes
80 ml prepared beef stock, water or red wine
2 tbsp (30 ml) tomato paste
1 tsp (5 ml) sugar

Topping:
½ c (125 ml) grated cheddar cheese
1 c (250 ml) grated mozzarella cheese
fresh basil leaves
125 g baby tomatoes, halved

Method:
Maize meal base: In a medium pot, bring the water and dried herbs to the boil, add the FEAST Super Maize Meal and whisk vigorously until smooth and thick. Cover and steam over low heat for +- 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese and season to taste. Spread out onto a greased baking tray or dish. Allow the base to firm up while preparing the Bolognese.
Bolognese: In a saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic and oregano in olive oil until softened and fragrant. Add the mince and fry until broken up and browned. Add the chopped tomatoes, stock, tomato paste and sugar. Mix until well combined, bring to the boil, then simmer over low heat uncovered until reduced (this should take 20 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 240°C
Spread the Bolognese onto the maize meal base. Sprinkle with cheddar and mozzarella. Bake for +- 15 – 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Garnish with basil leaves and baby tomatoes.