Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
The vegetable mixture in this recipe is a variation of ratatouille, a popular Mediterranean dish. I found it in my Woman's Day cookbook. It sounded interesting and has become one of my family's favorite recipes -- easy to make and SO delicious.
For meat patties
- 453.59 g ground beef or 453.59 g ground turkey, if you wish
- 1 egg
- 44.37 ml packaged seasoned bread crumbs
- 4.92 ml salt
- 1.23 ml dried thyme leaves, crumbled or 1.23 ml ground thyme
- 1.23 ml ground red pepper (cayenne)
For the sauce
- 14.79 ml olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin and rings separated
- 411.06 g can whole tomatoes
- 226.79 g zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds (about one zucchini)
- 4.92 ml minced fresh garlic
- 2.46 ml salt
- 1.23 ml thyme leaves, crumbled finely or 1.23 ml ground thyme
- 453.59 g cansmall whole white potatoes, well drained
- 14.79 ml minced fresh parsley (optional)
- Make the patties: In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, thyme and red pepper with your hands or a wooden spoon until well-blended. Shape the mixture into 8 patties, about 1/4-inch thick.
- In a large heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned. (They will finish when they are cooked with the vegetable mixture.) Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion to the pan drippings and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
- Increase heat to medium. Add the tomatoes (break up with hands), zucchini, garlic, salt and thyme. Stir to mix. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the zucchini is just tender.
- Stir in the potatoes and parsley. Add the beef or turkey patties and spoon over some of the vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until heated through. Serve right away.
This was delicous! My entire family ate it up. I ran out of zucchini so just added a little water and used turkey instead of beef. Yummy!