This Maltese savoury cake was a first for me. This recipe has come from my distant cousin who currently lives in London. It was an old recipe he got from his dad (my mum’s cousin) who he had from his mum (my mum’s aunty). A great new Maltese recipe which I will be making more often. This savoury cake is made from mince, onion, garlic, potatoes, marrows, aubergine, eggs and tomato paste. Next time I will also add some roast peppers. A delicious comforting meal.
This dish requires the use of a cake tin. All you need to do is layer the ingredients and then add in some ingredients to help bind the vegetables and meat together. Put in the oven for 1hr and 15 minutes and your Maltese savoury cake is ready.
Although I love this dish, I may alter it slightly next time. I may grill the vegetables instead of frying them before assembling the cake. Another option is to add some roasted peppers too. Either way the recipe is still a great dish.
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 500 grams mince (pork or beef, or a mixture of the two)
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 800 grams marrows thinly sliced
- 500 grams eggplant thinly sliced
- 500 grams potatoes thinly sliced
- 1 - 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 80 grams grated parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Large cake tin (approx 23 cm) - Best to use a tin which you can remove the sides from.
- Fry the onion for approximately 5 minutes in a frying pan.
- Add in the mince and fry until browned (about 8 minutes).
- Fry the garlic with the mince mixture for 1 minute and then remove the mince mixture from the pan.
- Continue frying separately the potatoes, aubergine and marrows. Fry each for about 7 minutes.
- Grease and flour a large cake tin.
- Preheat the oven to 180oC.
- Now layer the tin starting with a layer of potatoes, then aubergine, then marrows, mince and some parmesan.
- Layer until you reach the top of the tin and finish off with a layer of potatoes. Spread the remaining parmesan on top.
- In a small cup mix the tomato paste, beaten egg and about 4 tablespoons of water.
- Spread this over the potatoes and cheese.
- Cover with foil and put in the oven for 1 hr.
- Once the time is up remove the foil and turn up the temperature to 200oC. Cook for a further fifteen minutes or until the top is browned.
- Take out of the oven and open the sides of the tin. Cut in slices and serve.