Baked Marrow Bolognese

    1 hour 20 min

    I combined two recipes on this site to come up with a lovely stuffed marrow dish. You can use this easy Bolognese recipe, or your favourite (or even shop-bought!). Very hearty and tasty. The family will love it!

    Cheshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 200g beef mince
    • 2 shallots, chopped
    • 1/2 carrot, grated
    • 4 cloves garlic, grated
    • 60ml red wine (optional)
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable stock granules
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 short thick marrow, about 900g
    • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
    • 25g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
    • shredded fresh basil to garnish (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add mince, shallot, carrot and garlic until the beef is browned. Add the red wine, stock granules, chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, peel the marrow, unless it is very young and tender. Cut the marrow into eight rings, each about 4cm thick. Scoop out the seeds. Place the rings in a single layer in a large, lightly oiled baking dish.
    4. Lightly season the marrow rings with salt and pepper before spooning the meat sauce mixture into the hollowed-out centres. Spread any leftover sauce between the marrow rings. Tightly cover the dish with foil so that the marrow will cook in the steam, then bake for 30 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, mix the breadcrumbs and cheese together. Remove the foil and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the tops of the marrow rings. Return to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes or until the topping is golden and crisp and the marrow is tender and juicy. Serve hot, scattered with fresh basil, if desired.

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    this was a winner!!  -  16 Sep 2011