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Beef 'N' Ratatouille Torte

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The beef and ratatouille torte is quite an elaborate torte prepared with beef and veggies like eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. Cooked and filled in pastry sheels the beef and ratatouille is baked and served with fresh parsley as garnishing.
Ingredients
  Lean ground beef 2 Pound
  Baked pastry shells 2
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic cloves 2 , minced
  Eggplant 4 Cup (64 tbs), pared and cut into 0.5 inch cubes
  Green bell peppers 2 Medium, cut into thin strips
  Mushrooms 2 Cup (32 tbs), thinly sliced
  Zucchini 2 Cup (32 tbs), thinly sliced
  Tomatoes 4 Medium, cut into thin wedges
  Dried basil leaves 2 Teaspoon, crushed
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Shredded swiss cheese 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Parsley sprigs 1
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Shortening 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
Directions

Prepare Baked Shells.
Brown ground beef in large frying pan; pour off drippings.
In another large frying pan, heat butter and oil; add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent.
Add eggplant, green pepper and zucchini.
Stir fry over medium high heat 5 minutes; reduce heat.
Stir in mushrooms and tomatoes; stir fry 3 minutes.
Stir in beef, basil, salt and pepper, remove from heat.
For each shell, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on bottom of pastry, spread 1/2 of beef mixture over cheese; top with 1 cup remaining cheese.
(Filled pastry shells may be refrigerated or frozen at this point.)
Bake in 400 degrees F oven 15 minutes.
Garnish with parsley.
Baked Pastry Shells: Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine flour and salt.
Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add 4-5 tbs.water, 1 tbs.at a time, until mixture leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball.
Divide in half and roll out on lightly floured surface into two 12 inch circles.
Line two 9 inch flan rings, quiche pans or pie plates with pastry; trim and flute edges.
Prick pastry on bottom and sides with fork.
Bake 10 - 12 minutes or just until pastry begins to brown.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Interest: 
Party
Servings: 
12

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