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Ground Beef Escondidinho: with cheese puree, you know

Ground Beef Escondidinho: with cheese puree, you know

Ground Beef Escondidinho: with cheese puree, you know

A cheese puree, to crown the minced meat, making the simple dish special.

A delicious and easy minced meat refuge with lots of flavour

Recipe for 2 people.

Classic (no restrictions)

Preparation: 00:50

Interval: 00:15


1 cutting board(s), 2 frying pan(s), 1 deep frying pan(s) or refractory pan(s), 1 potato masher (or sieve), 1 grater, 1 whisk, 1 bowl(s), 1 colander




cup = 240 ml, tablespoon = 15 ml, teaspoon = 10 ml, teaspoon = 5 ml

Ingredients Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

– 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices

– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

– 1 cup(s) of milk

– 80 g of coarsely grated mozzarella

– Salt to taste

Ingredients: minced meat filling for Escondidinho

– 350 g minced meat

– olive oil to taste

– 1/2 unit of chopped onion(s)

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 unit of seedless bell pepper, chopped

– 1 Cambuci pepper cut into thin strips (optional)

– 1/2 cup(s) dry white wine

– 1/2 can of diced peeled tomatoes with juice

– Salt to taste

– pepper to taste

Ingredients to assemble

– unsalted butter to taste, for greasing the refractory(s)

Ingredients to finish

– 1/2 tablespoon(s) of breadcrumbs

– 1/2 tablespoon(s) of grated parmesan cheese

Ingredients to accompany

– grated parmesan cheese to taste


  1. Separate all ingredients and utensils (including the refractory ones in which you will assemble the recipe).
  2. Start by preparing the puree (see preparation).
  3. Wash, chop and cut the other ingredients into small pieces.
  4. Grate the mozzarella and parmesan (optional), if you haven’t bought them already grated.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220ºC.


Cooking the Potatoes (do this step before starting the pre-preparation):

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thick slices. This step is optional, since the potatoes can also be cooked whole, with the skin, and then squeezed.
  2. In the pan with still cold water, add salt, potatoes and cook until soft (about 20 minutes). This step can be done in the microwave, piercing the skin of the potatoes, and cooking for about 10 minutes, increasing the time if necessary.
  3. Pre-preparation continues.

Minced meat filling for Escondidinho:

  1. In another skillet, over medium-high heat, sauté the onion, garlic, and chili pepper in the olive oil until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the Cambuci pepper (optional) and brown.
  3. Add the ground meat and continue to brown until the liquid that has formed in the pan has reduced.
  4. Pour in the wine and keep on high heat until all the alcohol has evaporated.
  5. Add the tomato cubes with the juice.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Lower the heat and cook for about 10 minutes to blend the flavors, leaving the stew moist but without broth.
  8. Reserve.

Mashed potatoes:

  1. When the potatoes are cooked and very soft, drain them.
  2. While still warm, pass the potatoes through a juicer or fine-mesh sieve.
  3. Return to the pan, add the butter, whisking until you obtain a puree without lumps.
  4. Bring the puree to the boil and add the milk, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the mozzarella and, stirring continuously, cook until the cheese melts and the puree no longer sticks to the pan.
  6. If necessary, add a little more milk to make it creamy.
  7. Adjust the salt and set aside in the pan.

Ground Beef Escondidinho (Assembly):

  1. Grease a tall baking dish or an individual baking dish with butter.
  2. First add the meat stew and arrange.
  3. Cover with the mashed potatoes, leaving the surface smooth.
  4. In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with the grated parmesan and sprinkle with the puree.
  5. Place in the oven to heat and brown. It should have a golden surface (estimated time 5 to 10 minutes, may vary depending on the oven).


  1. When the hidden minced meat it will be golden, take it out of the oven and bring it to the table in its refractory.
  2. Serve with a little more grated Parmesan cheese on top of the escondidinho.

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Source: Terra

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